Lt. Governor Polito is
Annual Meeting Guest!
Massachusetts Lt. Governor Karyn Polito will be the guest speaker at the MANS&C Annual Meeting on May 10 at the Fay School in Southborough.
MANS&C members and guests will have a chance to meet and exchange ideas with the Lieutenant Governor, who is scheduled to speak at 11 a.m. Registration for the Annual Meeting begins at 10:30 a.m., and a business meeting and buffet luncheon will follow her remarks.
Lt. Governor Polito chairs the Community Compact Cabinet, the Seaport Economic Council and the Governor’s Council, where she works to promote two of her priorities – preventing sexual assault and domestic violence.
She also serves as co-chair of the STEM Advisory Council, working to ensure that all students have access to STEM courses with the goal of preparing them for careers and closing the skills gap.
A lifelong resident of Shrewsbury, Lt. Governor Polito began her public service career as a member of the Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen. She went on to serve five terms in the State House of Representatives before being elected Lieutenant Governor in 2014.
She has a B.S. from Boston College and a J.D. from the New England School of Law.
To register for the Annual Meeting on May 10, click REGISTER.
Directions to the Fay School campus and information about parking can be found at VISITOR-INFORMATION.
Lawrence Academy CIS
Has Widespread Benefits
Thanks to Lawrence Academy’s Community Impact Statement, Groton officials better understand the Academy’s positive impact on the community and a new spirit of communication has developed between the town and school.
Recently other nonprofits in town began taking notice. The Groton Nonprofit Council has been inspired to create its own Community Impact Statement, according to Lawrence Academy Associate Head of School Rob Moore.
Moore led the Academy committee charged with creating the CIS two years ago. He said committee members were able to move pretty quickly in gathering the information and designing the four-page, full-color brochure.
“It’s a really good piece,” he added. “It highlights the many contributions that the school makes to the town and surrounding area – without being a brag sheet.”
Lawrence Academy administrators understand that the town finds it challenging to find enough revenue sources to pay its bills, Moore said, adding, “But we, as a nonprofit, do not have a lot of extra funds available and what we do have we use to benefit our students.”
The new spirit of communication prompted by the CIS has opened up some new, creative ways that the Academy can help the town.
When town officials mentioned that they needed to conduct a survey, for example, the Academy volunteered to have students take it on as a project – saving the town approximately $4,000.
“And if there’s a big event in town we’re open to helping by sending some vans and drivers. It doesn’t cost us much and it saves money for the town,” Moore added. “The CIS has helped build a lot of bridges between the board of selectmen, the town and the nonprofits in town.”
Moore said the goal of the Academy’s CIS was to raise consciousness. He has some advice for nonprofit schools and colleges that would like to create Community Impact Statements:
- Don’t get too specific
- Don’t make it a boasting sheet
- Don’t try to outdo other nonprofits
To see a copy of the Lawrence Academy Community Impact Statement, click on Creating a Community Impact Statement.