Mass Audubon Earns Eligibility for Additional MCC ‘Universal Participation’ Funding
Michael P. O'Connor
LINCOLN, MA—Mass Audubon is one of 20 nonprofits designated by the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) to be eligible for the second round of funding through its Universal Participation (UP) initiative, which focuses on supporting organizations as they become more accessible and inclusive.
Mass Audubon, the Commonwealth’s largest nature conservation organization, was one of the first nonprofits in the state to become a designated UP organization when the program was introduced in 2015.
Among the projects the initial UP funding helped support included accessibility training for Mass Audubon staff statewide, and work with vocational-transitional high school interns (with learning and intellectual disabilities) to create universally designed learning materials for diverse learners.
Based on its proven track record in committing to UP’s goals over the past five years, both in programming and continuous staff engagement, Mass Audubon has been invited by MCC to re-apply for continued UP designation, which qualifies us to seek funding to further support our accessibility initiatives, beginning this year through 2025.
“Ensuring that Mass Audubon is as welcoming and inclusive as possible for people of all backgrounds and abilities is an organization-wide priority,” Director of Education Kris Scopinich noted. “So we are particularly grateful to the Massachusetts Cultural Council for creating the Universal Participation program, which directly supports the critical work of ensuring that everyone has equitable access to nature.”
Mass Audubon protects more than 38,000 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all. As Massachusetts' largest nature conservation nonprofit, we welcome more than a half million visitors a year to our wildlife sanctuaries and 20 nature centers. From inspiring hilltop views to breathtaking coastal landscapes, serene woods, and working farms, we believe in protecting our state's natural treasures for wildlife and for all people's vision shared in 1896 by our founders, two extraordinary Boston women.
Today, Mass Audubon is a nationally recognized environmental education leader, offering thousands of camp, school, and adult programs that get over 225,000 kids and adults outdoors every year. With more than 135,000 members and supporters, we advocate on Beacon Hill and beyond, and conduct conservation research to preserve the natural heritage of our beautiful state for today's and future generations. We welcome you to explore a nearby sanctuary, find inspiration, and get involved. Learn how at www.massaudubon.org.