Beverly nonprofits awarded funds through state campaign


Two Beverly nonprofit organizations serving families and students were each awarded $10,000 to support its programs as part of a statewide campaign of 20 similar donations supporting mission-driven nonprofits and government entities by PowerOptions, New England’s leading nonprofit energy buying consortium.

Landmark School’s Outreach Program and Harborlight Community Partners are each recipients of PowerOptions’ first-ever member donation initiative, “20 for 20.”

“As a nonprofit ourselves, PowerOptions has always invested in our programs and services for members,” explains PowerOptions CEO Cynthia Arcate. “This is another way of investing directly into our members’ missions and energy futures.”

As a part of its 20th anniversary celebration, PowerOptions announced the recipients of its first-ever member donation initiative, “20 for 20.” PowerOptions is investing nearly $400,000 directly in the missions and energy futures of its non-profit and government members– giving 20 cash gifts of $10,000 each and 20 electric vehicle charging stations to its members.

The Landmark School Outreach Program’s mission is to empower students with language-based learning disabilities by offering their educators meaningful and effective professional development grounded in theory and practice. One way in which Landmark Outreach fulfills its mission is by providing a variety of online courses, and this grant will allow Outreach to develop a new reading course. This new course will provide educators with strategies and skills to support their students’ reading development.

“Landmark School is grateful for its long-time relationship with PowerOptions,” said Headmaster Bob Broudo. “This grant support will enable the Landmark School Outreach Program to further grow its online professional development course offerings and serve an even greater number of local educators.”

The gift to Harborlight will support renovation needs throughout its family affordable housing portfolio.

“We are honored to have been chosen for this grant by PowerOptions among so many outstanding nonprofits, all doing important work for people in need,” said Andrew DeFranza, executive director of Harborlight Community Partners. “Our partnership with PowerOptions is essential every day to our ability to sustain our affordable housing offerings throughout the North Shore of Massachusetts. We are deeply grateful for this contribution which will further support these efforts.”

With close to 200 names on our family housing waiting lists, every unit we provide is critical, said DeFranza. “This is what PowerOptions helps Harborlight Community Partners accomplish every day and this unexpected but much needed funding will directly impact families in need by supporting our revitalization of this affordable housing,” he said.

Since 1998, PowerOptions has delivered more than $2 billion in energy while pursuing its mission of saving nonprofits and public entities time and money on energy, so those institutions

can direct more resources toward their own important missions. As part of its 20th anniversary, PowerOptions decided to push the boundaries of that mission and give back to members with two exciting donation programs that put funds directly into members’ organizations and help them keep pace with technology advancements and better prepare for their energy futures.

The other PowerOptions gifts will go toward enhancing services, expanding reach and repairing facilities for nonprofits and public entities across Massachusetts.

“Our members range from the smallest to the largest nonprofits, and our gifts are meant to help supplement our members’ missions,” added Arcate. “The 20 for 20 gifts will go to members where we can make the biggest impact.”

PowerOptions will also be gifting 20 electric vehicle charging stations to members in the coming weeks.

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