May 14, 2017

Inbox [May 14]: News and notes from WalletHub, Clark, Sullivan Group, GWCF, Grafton Hill Business Association and University Park Campus School

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Margaret A. Post, Ph.D.

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Massachusetts 6th in United States for working moms

The financial website WalletHub has ranked Massachusetts the sixth best state in the country for working mothers.

Using 13 metrics over three categories — child care, professional opportunities and work-life balance — the commonwealth rated only behind Vermont, Minnesota, New Jersey, Delaware and Connecticut.

Massachusetts ranked fourth in pediatricians per capita and sixth in average length of workday. It also rated highly in parental-leave policy score and 12th in lowest percentage of single-mother families in poverty.

Read the entire story and see the complete rankings on WalletHub.com

Clark’s Mosakowski Institute adds scholar

Clark University’s Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise works to connect both the university’s research and its teaching to the world of public policy making and implementation. The University is pleased to announce that Margaret A. Post, Ph.D., will strengthen that mission when she joins the Institute as a research assistant professor, beginning in August.

Post joins the Clark community with a strong record of public scholarship and leadership in higher education. She has emphasized the integration of theory and practice in teaching and research, and is eager to bring this experience to Clark. Her research focuses on how grassroots organizations influence policy change through civic action.

Post holds a master of public policy degree from the Hubert Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, and a Ph.D. in social policy from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.

At the Mosakowski Institute, Post will provide leadership on the development and implementation of community-based research. In addition, she brings with her a portfolio of grant-funded participatory research on the role of nonprofit organizations in social policy change. Post will hold a joint appointment at Clark in the Department of International Development, Community and the Environment (IDCE), where she will teach courses on public policy.

Since 2013, Post has served as senior researcher with the Innovation Network Inc., where she co-leads a multi-year participatory evaluation of the Center for Community Change. She also conducts research on the prevalence and political efficacy of 501(c) (4) nonprofit advocacy organizations.

“Post’s extensive experience in academic leadership and community engagement will be a tremendous asset to the Mosakowski Institute and Clark,” Mosakowski Institute Director James Gomes said. “We are very fortunate to have her joining our team.”

Read the entire story on the Clark University website

Sullivan Group wins 4th straight President’s Club honor

Sullivan Group was recently honored with an appointment to The Hanover’s President’s Club for a fourth year in a row.

President’s Club honorees are an elite group of independent insurance agencies from across the country that meet the highest level of standards with regard to the agency’s ability to deliver value to customers through strong insurance expertise and responsive service.

Sullivan Insurance Group was one of only 125 independent agencies recognized with this distinction across the country. The Hanover partners with a select group of 2,200 independent agents nationwide.

“The team at Sullivan Insurance Group truly understands the needs of its customers and delivers a top-of-the-line customer experience, providing expert insurance counsel and high-quality service,” said John C. Roche, president, Hanover Agency Markets. “We’re proud to partner with Sullivan Insurance Group and appreciate its commitment to going above and beyond to serve its customers.”

“This is a recognition of the value we place on providing specialized and innovative insurance solutions that meet the unique needs of our customers,” said John T. Andreoli, president and CEO at Sullivan Insurance Group. “We are proud to be recognized with this honor.”

Read the entire story on the Sullivan Group website

GWCF accepting YCI applications

The Greater Worcester Community Foundation is accepting applications for the Youth for Community Improvement Class of 2017.

In its 18th year, YCI is a youth-led program focused on creating change throughout Worcester County through grantmaking in their communities. High school sophomores and juniors from across Worcester County sit on a youth committee of on average 18 youth, in which they solely decide how to distribute funds provided to them of about $20,000 in grants to support community initiatives. Which programs and how much funding each program will receive is determined by the committee.

This is a great opportunity for any sophomore and junior interested in service, leadership, nonprofits and fundraising, and who is looking to expand their network beyond their school. An application and interview are required. Applications must be received by Friday, June 2. YCI meets from 4 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday, September through December, at the GWCF office in Worcester.

More information is available on the Greater Worcester Community Foundation website

Grafton Hill Business Association seeks scholarship applicants

The Grafton Hill Business Association announced the GHBA–04 Scholarship for 2017, providing two non-renewable tuition assistance awards of $500 to outstanding graduating seniors who reside in the 01604 ZIP code area and who have been accepted as full-time students to any postsecondary educational or technical training institution.

Applications must be postmarked no later than May 29. No faxed or emailed applications can be accepted, and late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Winners will be notified by June 8.

The application is available on the Oak Hill Community Development Corporation website

University Park Campus School seeking donations for Alumni Scholarship

The alumni of University Park Campus School are seeking donations for their third annual Alumni Scholarship.

The inaugural Alumni Scholarship in 2015 had one contributor and one recipient. In 2016, four alumni contributed to four scholarships. Now it is time to support the class of 2017. The goal this year is to double the number of scholarship recipients.

The funding campaign reads, in part, “These recipients are highly motivated students that are looking into higher education in order to better themselves. Your contribution will directly help them achieve this goal. Any donation large or small is greatly appreciated.”

More information is available on the UPCS campaign page on Fundly.com

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