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 is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 140,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at www.massaudubon.org.