About Us

Our Community. Your Foundation.

Since 1995, the SouthCoast Community Foundation has served as a catalyst for philanthropic giving. Our mission is to mobilize philanthropy by matching donors and resources with community needs for the benefit of our region.

As a tax-exempt, public charity, the SouthCoast Community Foundation offers donors the guidance and flexibility to fulfill their philanthropic goals. We serve a range of charitable individuals and corporations whose main concern is improving the quality of life in our community.

The SouthCoast Community Foundation allocates individual, family and corporate funds to meet community needs. To date, the organization has distributed over $50 million from more than 200 funds to humanitarian, educational, and cultural organizations in the region.

Our History

Since 1995, the SouthCoast Community Foundation has given rise to philanthropic giving across the SouthCoast region.

In its first year of operation, the SouthCoast Community Foundation received its first charitable gift of $100,000. In 1997, we invested $1 million to establish Youth Entitled to Success (Project YES), spearheading drug abuse prevention and education efforts in our community.

For 25 years, we have supported personal and corporate philanthropy by offering a range of innovative giving options. We offer a variety of funds to help every donor meet their philanthropic goals.

The SouthCoast Community Foundation currently manages $50 million in charitable assets in support of more than 200 funds established by nonprofits, families, and businesses across Southeastern Massachusetts.

Our Region

In its 25 years of operation, the SouthCoast Community Foundation has distributed more than $50 million to charitable organizations throughout the south coast.

We are active in 41 cities and towns across 4 counties of Southeastern Massachusetts. Our service area includes Greater New Bedford, Greater Fall River, Southern Plymouth County and more.

The SouthCoast Community Foundation serves charitable organizations in Bristol, Plymouth, Dukes and Norfolk Counties.

Bristol County
Fall River

New Bedford
North Attleboro
Plymouth County
East Bridgewater
West Bridgewater

Dukes County

Norfolk County

Our Financials

The SouthCoast Community Foundation was established in 1995 with its first charitable gift of $100,000. For 25 years, we have shown significant growth. We now manage $50 million in charitable assets in support of more than 200 funds established by our dedicated nonprofit, individual, and corporate fundholders.

To view our most recent financial statement, click below.

Our Board

Our Board of Directors helps our community thrive by mobilizing philanthropic giving.

South Coast Community FoundationBoard Members

From left to right, front row:  Jayne Rebello Korne, Damōn Chaplin. Second row: Trish Arnold, Carl J. Cruz, Linda Bodenmann, John Vasconcellos, Jonathan Rounds, Cynthia Rose, Gail Fortes, Priscilla Ditchfield, Maria A. Rosario.

Board of Directors

Linda Bodenmann

Gail Fortes
Vice Chair

Louis E. Sousa CFA

Carl J. Cruz

Jonathan Rounds
Assistant Clerk

Seth Garfield
Past Chair

John Vasconcellos


Trish Arnold
Damōn Chaplin
Colleen Carney Courtney
Priscilla Ditchfield
Jayne Rebello Korn
Denise M. Porche´
Maria A. Rosario
Cynthia Rose
Jason Rua

Director Emeritus
Kim Clark

Our Team

Our staff and associates are champions of our community, with focuses on public service and development, arts and culture, youth services, finance, and more.

John Vasconcellos
President & CEO

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John Vasconcellos joined the Community Foundation as President on August 1, 2016. Most recently, John served as Senior Regional Director for the Southeast and Boston Regions of The Trustees of Reservations. Other experience includes Managing Director of Development and Marketing for the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, Vice President of Development and Communications at the Buzzards Bay Coalition and Director of Development for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

Werlaine Badio
Programs Officer

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Werlaine Badio joined the Foundation in April 2021 as the Programs Officer. Previously, she was a Recruiter for the human resources company, Aston Carter, and Management Assistant/Customer Services Manager for the rental company, Enterprise Holdings. While attending the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth, she was the Events & Marketing Manager for the Haitian Student Association (HASA). Werlaine grew up in Brockton and currently lives in Fall River.

Nhamaa Cortes
Accounting Clerk


Nhamaa Cortes joined the Foundation in April 2021 as the Accounting Clerk. Nhamaa is a recent graduate from Bridgewater State University where he majored in Accounting with a minor in Management. While he was a student, he worked in the foodservice industry. Nhamaa was born and raised in New Bedford where he currently resides.

Kim Goddard
Marketing & Communications Manager

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Kim Goddard joined the organization in October 2020 as the Marketing & Communications Manager. Originally from California, Kim worked in advertising and marketing for companies such as Lucasfilm and Bose Corp. Upon moving to the area, Kim began consulting for start-ups and several nonprofits such as Community Boating Center, DATMA, and Our Sisters’ School. She also served on the board for Coastal Neighbors Network. When Kim isn’t working on Community Foundation business, she is program managing mural installations for the New Bedford organization, Superflat NB.

Tricia Grime
Development Manager

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Tricia Grime joined the Community Foundation in February 2019 as Development Manager with a focus on Annual Giving & Special Events. Early in her career, she wore many hats as co-owner of her family business, a successful wholesale chemical & knitting company in the city of New Bedford, Dyl-Chem, Inc. aka Whalerknits. Upon retirement from the company in 2003, Tricia joined Southcoast Health. She held various administrative positions throughout these years, most recently as Development Associate & Manager of Special Events. As a recipient of the Southcoast Health President’s Award of Excellence in 2018, Tricia was recognized for her excellence in service, leadership and cultural values.

Adrianna Heard
Donor Services Associate

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Adrianna Heard joined the Foundation in July 2020 as the Development Systems Administrator and in January 2021 was promoted to Donor Services Associate. Adrianna was born and raised in New Bedford and graduated with honors, from Westfield State University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

Kim Heard
Office Administrator

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Kim Heard joined the Community Foundation in March 2017 as Office Administrator. She began working for The Trustees of Reservations, a Massachusetts based conservation organization, as a part time Administrative Assistant in April 2004 and was promoted to Executive Assistant supporting the Southeast/Boston Regional Director in July 2011. She held that position until her departure in February 2017. Kim grew up in Tiverton, RI and has lived in New Bedford since 1994.

Charles Holley
Director of Finance and Administration

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Charles Holley joined the organization in December 2020 as the Director of Finance & Administration. Most recently Charles was the Director of Finance & Administration for Boston Harbor Now and Chief Financial Officer for Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative. He is currently the Board Treasurer for Mystic River Watershed Association.

Sarah Rose
Director of Engagement


Sarah Rose joins the organization in January 2021 as the Director of Engagement. Sarah most recently served as the Deputy Director for Education and Outreach for Plimoth Patuxet Museums and the Vice President for Education and Programs for the New Bedford Whaling Museum. She is on the Board of the Henry L. Ferguson Museum and Friends Academy.

AHA! (Art, History and Architecture!)
Candace Lee Heald
AHA! Director

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Candace Lee Heald has been Director of AHA! – New Bedford’s 2nd Thursday FREE Art and Culture Night since 2007. Lee previously worked as Vice-President of Programs, Education and Exhibitions at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, where she oversaw educational and public programs, exhibitions and library functions as well as visitor services and volunteers. She received her Ph.D. from Lesley University, an MA in American History from the University of Delaware, and BA in American History from Brown University. Lee was one of the authors for the original AHA! grant, and served as Program and Steering Committee Chairs from 1999 until joining the staff.