Save the Date: Valley Gives Day is December 10th 2014
Valley Gives Day is a 24-hour online celebration of generosity in the Pioneer Valley. Since 2012, Valley Gives has raised over $3 million for our community. This year, the goal is 20,000 unique donors raising more than $2 million. If you can’t make it on December 10th, you can reserve your Valley Gives Day donation starting on December 1st.

All donations must be given through PHENOM’s Valley Gives fundraiser page:

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Thanks to the the Community Foundation of Western MA, donors and sponsors Valley Gives will award $225,000 in prizes to participating nonprofits. This means that your donation can be boosted significantly! Prizes include

Golden Tickets – 104 Golden Tickets will be given out between 9AM and 9PM. A Golden Tickets boosts a donation by $500 or $1,000!

Leaderboard Prizes – Valley Gives will be tracking the number of unique donors to each nonprofit. If PHENOM is in the top 3 of its category, it will be awarded an additional $3,000 – $5,000.

New Donor Bonuses – The first 1,920 new donors to give on Valley Gives Day will have $25 prizes added to their first gift of the day, and 2 more new donors will have $1,000 added to their first gift of the day.

Meet Your Match Bonuses – The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts will award $2,500 to 25 randomly selected nonprofits that meet their match of $2,500.

PHENOM'S Campus Chapter Initiative
PHENOM is excited to announce a new partnership with the Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA). PHENOM will be providing stipends to MTA members on at least eight campuses to coordinate and maintain PHENOM chapters at institutions of public higher education across Massachusetts. Funding will also be available for a Student Organizer on the campus.

PHENOM chapters engage the campus community in advocating for accessible, affordable, and well-funded public higher education through involvement in statewide and campus-based education, organizing, and advocacy. Campus Organizers must make a commitment through Spring 2016 and will receive support and guidance from PHENOM’s staff and the entire cohort of campus organizers.

PHENOM is excited to strengthen its relationships with its constituencies and increase its presence on campuses and in communities across the state. This will ensure increased and more effective advocacy for the accessibility and affordability of quality public higher education in Massachusetts.

PHENOM will begin announcing our new Campus Chapters on this page. Stay tuned for kick-off advocacy events in January 2015. If you are interested in starting or getting involved with a PHENOM Campus Chapter, email PHENOM’s Executive Director, Natalie Higgins at nhiggins@phenomonline.org.

Campus Organizer Job Posting 

Student Organizer Job Posting

PHENOM is the Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts. PHENOM unites students, faculty, staff, alumni, and others from community colleges, state universities, the UMass campuses, and the broader community to advocate for better funded, affordable and accessible public higher education in Massachusetts.

PHENOM understands that our ability to create the kind of higher education system Massachusetts deserves depends on bringing students, faculty, staff, alumni and other stakeholders from all the state’s public college and university campuses together around five basic principles:

  1. Fund public higher education so it can serve the Commonwealth.
  2. Make higher education affordable.
  3. Make higher education accessible to all.
  4. Hire more teachers, researchers, and staff.
  5. Honor and expand democratic institutions of governance for public higher education.

The 500,000 people who make up the Massachusetts public higher education community are the sleeping giant of Massachusetts politics. By mobilizing a large and engaged grassroots network, PHENOM is waking up this sleeping giant so we can get the resources to create the public higher education system we and our children deserve.

Higher Ed News Weekly Update

Once again, here’s PHENOM’s weekly round-up of higher ed news, both locally and nationally. As always — use the comments section below.   National: Gender gaps in student government associations Massachusetts: Board of Higher Education to coordinate a statewide effort to strengthen public campus policies surrounding sexual assault prevention National: Students …

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PHENOM’s Annual Meeting Notes 2014

On August 16, 2014 a group of 15 PHENOM members spent four hours planning PHENOM’s new agenda for the upcoming 2014-2015 year. Discussions included a Q&A with PHENOM’s new Executive Director, endorsements of Progressive Massachusetts and Massachusetts Jobs with Justice, upcoming actions, and PHENOM’s refocus on building a mass movement through Campus Chapters. Check …

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