Clowes News

August 2013

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In This Edition

  1. Meet The Clowes Fund's newest hires
  2. News on featured grantees - Good grant. Bad grant.


Fresh Faces at The Fund

Angela Manlove, New England Program Officer

Angela is The Clowes Fund’s first Boston based program officer, primarily serving the New England grantee portfolio. She comes to the Fund with a background in arts, education and social services. A graduate of Butler University (BA - English Literature/Psychology) and Indiana University (MS & EdS. - Counseling), Angela started her professional career as a guidance counselor at two Indianapolis charter schools. However, she always had a love for the arts and stayed active as a performer in Indianapolis community theater. A few of her favorite Indianapolis theater credits include Aida in Aida, Maria in West Side Story, Kim in Miss Saigon, and Maureen in RENT.


After being offered an Artistic Director position at a youth theater Indianapolis in 2012, Angela left guidance counseling to pursue a new and exciting opportunity in arts administration.


Angela is thrilled to relocate to Boston, which became a necessity when her husband of 9 years, Josh Manlove, got a great job offer to work with students of color in the AHANA program at Boston College.


Angela will train in Indianapolis with Beth until mid September when she and Josh will settle in Waltham. Then, Beth will visit Boston in October to lead Angela on a round of site visits.


Angela is excited to make an impact on great organizations through the Fund and experience all that New England has to offer!

Katie Ellis, Program Assistant

Katie is also thrilled to join The Clowes Fund as program assistant where she will provide support for the fund’s granting process.


Katie brings to the Fund more than 10 years of experience in fundraising, arts education and arts and non-profit administration after working with both large and small municipal, arts and non-profit organizations in the Indianapolis and Detroit, Michigan regions.


Katie began her career writing grants as well as developing and implementing arts programs for the City of Indianapolis. Then, at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, she held several fundraising positions and consistently achieved double-digit growth as the Membership Manager and Donor Relations Manager. While living in the Detroit region, Katie expanded her fundraising and program development expertise through positions at the American Cancer Society and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. More recently, Katie served as the Corporate Relations Director for Paint Creek Center for the Arts in Rochester, Michigan where she substantially increased the organization’s corporate giving program by more than 100% within the first year.


Katie graduated from Butler University with a bachelor’s degree in Arts Administration and Vocal Performance and enjoys spending her time with her husband Ryan and their two children, Grayson, 3, and Emery, 16 months, as well as volunteering at Butler University.


While Mary Ellen has been preparing and busy hosting the auditors, Angela, Katie and Beth have been reading and acknowledging more than 70 grant reports this month (with more to come). Some reports are inspiring to read! Others are completely disheartening; here’s a spotlight on one of each.


United Teen Equality Center, Lowell, MA

The United Teen Equality Center (UTEC), located in Lowell, Massachusetts received a two-year, $40,000 grant from The Clowes Fund in 2011. With these funds, UTEC has made lasting changes in the lives of youth deemed "high risk" in their communities--youth who have been incarcerated and whose communities have been ravaged by gangs and violence. The motto of UTEC is "Peace. Positivity. Empowerment."-- three words that the outside community does not generally associate with youth like those enrolled in UTEC's programs. Now they do.


UTEC shared in its recent grant report that they successfully completed construction on their new youth center addition and celebrated with a grand opening in November, 2012. UTEC now not only utilizes the space for their own programming, but they have also increased revenue by renting it to community members and organizations. Below you will find a video with highlights from the November, 2012 grand opening celebration.


In 2013, UTEC served 177 targeted youth, which was more than double their original goal, and 53% of the youth enrolled demonstrated improved decision making (evidenced by no arrests, negative drug testing or successfully completing Workforce or Alternative Diploma Program requirements).


UTEC has continued its organizational and budget growth over the grant period and have expanded new programs such as Transformational Beginnings where students learn "soft skills" like introspection and emotional awareness that will allow them to perform better in the workplace and build healthy relationships.


For more information about UTEC, visit their website at http://www.utec-lowell.org.



Watch highlights of UTEC's building grand opening!
Grand Opening Highlighs

Purdue Extension Update

Purdue University Extension has decided to terminate its multi-year grant originally intended to expand The Benefit Bank of Indiana (TBB™‐IN), a one-stop shop to enroll for public benefits.


TBB aims to serve low‐ and moderate‐income Indiana households, by reducing poverty, encouraging and sustaining employment, improving welfare‐to‐work success rates; reducing recidivism among ex-offenders; and boosting the economic prosperity of local communities.


The recession hit Indiana hard – causing job loss and reduction of income. Each year thousands of displaced workers and families do not claim over $1 billion in federal work supports in the form of tax credits, public benefits, and student financial aid, which could be assisting families and boosting Indiana’s economy.


Under Governor Mitch Daniels, the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration changed its enrollment process for SNAP benefits and disconnected with TBB. Without State benefits it is no longer a one-stop-shop, which proved to be an overwhelming obstacle for attracting additional community partners and sufficient funding.


Purdue (now led by President Mitch Daniels) remitted a check for $8.64, the remainder of the $10,000 grant, and cancelled the second installment of $10,000. As a result, the significant time and energy that case workers and service providers committed to learn TBB’s system and the Fund’s money have been wasted, a loss that pales in comparison to those who may not receive life-changing benefits for which they are eligible.


To read the Final Grant Report in its entirety, click HERE.


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The Clowes Fund, a family foundation, seeks to enhance the common good by encouraging organizations and projects that help to build a just and equitable society, create opportunities for initiative, foster creativity and the growth of knowledge, and promote appreciation of the natural environment.