History

History of the South Boston Association of Non-Profits

The South Boston Association of Non-Profits (SBNAP) was born out of a need to improve the quality and scope of the services to the families of South Boston. By sharing ideas, resources, and initiatives and by creating a long-term vision of services, non-profits can make a bigger impact and better serve the families of the South Boston community.

As a result of the culmination of the South Boston Neighborhood House’s Strategic Planning Process in May of 2000, the non-profits of the community convened to hear about the information and data that was compiled through demographic statistics, resident surveys, interviews, and focus groups. Recognizing the increase of needs and rapid change of the demographics of the neighborhood, the non-profits are now organizing themselves to be in a better position to meet these needs. Substance abuse, housing, education, waterfront development, lack of funding resources, and bridging the gap between those with access to resources and those with little hope are among the issues that are identified by the non-profits as critical to improving the quality of life for the families of our community.

Monthly meetings are inclusive and open to all groups and individuals in the community. Informational presentations that educate the community are planned. As its own 501c3 organization, SBANP is guided by its Board of Directors and has created a structured grant review process for any fundraising initiatives that take place through SBANP.