Alray Scholars Program Joins The Lenny Zakim Fund Community

One of the most rewarding developments of 2012 was the selection by the Lenny Zakim Fund for the Alray Scholars Program to join its community of grassroots nonprofit organizations. Named after the late civil rights leader Lenny Zakim, who ran the New England operation of the Anti-Defamation League, the Lenny Zakim Fund supports small but effective Massachusetts nonprofits that are working to make their communities better. As one of the 50 or so organizations selected in 2012, the Alray program received both a grant and access to the LZF’s network of training and resources. The goal is to nurture small nonprofits that are committed to the kind of sustained bridge-building that Lenny Zakim dedicated his life to doing, so these groups can grow and increase their effectiveness.

In the past year, Alray board members have attended training sessions on everything from board development and nonprofit insurance to fundraising and social media strategies. The LZF runs targeted seminars for its member organizations throughout the year as well as semi-annual daylong intensive training institutes. In addition to this training, all member organizations receive pro bono legal advice from DLA Piper, the respected Boston law firm that supports the LZF.

Most appealing to the Alray board is that the LZF has developed into the kind of organization we hope ours will become: one with a wide reach and deep impact but also one that has managed to remain true to its grassroots spirit.