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A Decade of Daring: Access Strategies Fund Celebrates its 10th Anniversary!

Nov. 3, 2010 – Cambridge, Massachusetts:  It’s hard to imagine that ten years have passed, but even harder to imagine how the lives of many would fare, if it were not for the boldness of Access Strategies Fund (Access), and the many organizations and leaders they support.

On Wednesday, November 10th, Access Strategies Fund proudly celebrates a Decade of Daring and the unprecedented milestones and accomplishments achieved as a result of committed grassroots organizations participating in democracy.  The anniversary theme, “A Decade of Daring,” embodies and applauds the power, conviction, and courage of community leaders who have dared to make big changes in their lifetime on some of the most compelling and controversial issues of our time. 

Access provides non-partisan funding and technical assistance to 501 (c)(3) organizations to build the civic participation and power of diverse women, people of color, low-income people, immigrant communities, and other groups that have been denied power in Massachusetts communities. As a progressive funder, change agent, convener, capacity builder and support of risk-takers, Access’ mission is to harness the collective power of underserved communities to access the democratic process to improve their lives.

Kelly Bates, Executive Director of Access, states “The impressive voter turn-out in urban and underserved communities across Massachusetts on November 2nd did not happen magically, but because nonprofits have been increasing the vote for the last ten years in these areas. We are proud that we have been one of the few funders in the state that invests funding in non-partisan voter engagement. It’s a critical strategy for communities that want to build power and play a role in shaping the future of our state.” 

The evening will celebrate the past, present and future of the organization and Access Courage Awards will be presented to several funded organizations including, but not limited to, MassVOTE, Oíste, Boston Workers Alliance, EPOCA, Union of Minority Neighborhoods, the Chinese Progressive Association, and the Student Immigrant Movement.   

The celebration will take place on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 from 6:00 pm – 8:30pm at the Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 West Newton Street, Boston, MA.  Co-MC’s of the evening will be Councilwoman Ayanna Pressley and Jose Massó, Host of WBUR’s Con Salsa!


Food, refreshments, light music and happiness provided free of charge.  Register online by Friday, November 5, 2010 at

Media Contact:         

Kelly Bates, 617-494-0715, x 201, Cell-617-233-5395