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The Funder Collaborative for Reading Success is currently engaged in strategic thinking to determine its allocations for 2014.  We expect to share our plans publicly by March 2014.

The Funder Collaborative for Reading Success (FCRS) was initiated by the SIS Fund, a fund administered by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, with leadership from the Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation.

FCRS members include:


  Babson Capital Management LLC

  Baystate Health

  Berkshire Bank Foundation

  Beveridge Family Foundation

  Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts,

  Hampden Bank

  Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation

  Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual)

  Nellie Mae Education Foundation

  Peoples United Bank Foundation

  SIS Fund

  TD Charitable Foundation

  United Way of Pioneer Valley


The goal of the Funder Collaborative for Reading Success is to strengthen and advance early literacy skill development in children from birth to age 9 to ensure children in Springfield are reading at a proficient level by fourth grade. 



The Irene E. & George A Davis Foundation is pleased to announce that our grant application process is going "On Line"!   Effective immediately, the Davis Foundation will only be accepting submissions electronically.  You may submit a Letter of Intent by simply clicking on the "Applying for Grants" tab.  There you will find a link to our new on-line application system where you will be guided through our 2-stage application process.  Our goal as we move to our new system is to insure that, as a grantee, you experience a smooth, efficient and uncomplicated process.  Should you have any concerns, comments or suggestions, please let us know.

Cherish Every Child is a city-wide initiative focused on improving the lives of children from birth through age five, and their families, in Springfield, Massachusetts by helping to ensure that they enter kindergarten ready to succeed. The initiative works to bring all members of the community together, including parents, elected and appointed officials, business leaders, the faith community and organizations serving children and families to adopt this shared vision for Springfield's youngest children:  a healthy and safe childhood that prepares them to enter kindergarten ready to succeed in school and in life. To learn more about Cherish Every Child, please visit their website

READ!  Reading Success by 4th Grade has as its goal that all children will read proficiently by the end of third grade.  The mission of READ! is to ensure that the entire community is organized and working together to help all children acquire the fundamental reading and language skills necessary for success in school and in life.  The rationale is that until a child reaches third grade, a child learns to read.  After third grade, a child reads to learn.  Research shows that reading abilities in third grade act as a tell-tale barometer for later school success.  To learn more about READ! Reading Success by 4th Grade please visit their website

Springfield Business Leaders for Education (SBLE) are employers concerned about educating Springfield's children for college and career success.  The group provides the business community engagement that is a key component of sustainable education reforms and a public education system accountable for its performance.  SBLE members understand the critical role that education plays in economic vitality and are involved as active leaders in education issues and challenges in Springfield.  The group focuses on advocacy and accountability with an emphasis on those issue areas where the business community has expertise and brings value -- accountability measures, human resources, management, and communication among others. 

Regional Employment Board of Hampden County (REB): A business-led, non-profit corporation established by state and federal legislation and supported by local business, education, and labor leaders as the primary policy-making authority in developing workforce skills.

Collaboration for the Advancement of Nursing:  Developing Opportunities (CAN DO) alliance -- the REB in partnership with the Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation convenes the CAN DO partners.  The project is focused on eliminating the shortages of nurses in the region and was one of ten sites across the country selected by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Achieve the Dream:  Community Colleges Count:  A national initiative to assist more community college students to succeed.  The Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation, in partnership with The Boston Foundation, The Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation, and TERI has brought this national initiative to Massachusetts.  In Hampden County, Springfield Technical Community College is the local participant.  To understand more about this initiative, please visit: