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2019 Highlights

If the economy is booming, why is charitable giving in trouble?

  December 23, 2019 From The Boston Globe: Philanthropy is in trouble. Giving USA reported a decline in giving by individuals in 2018, likely driven by changes in the tax code to dramatically reduce the number of itemizers who benefit from the charitable deduction. An end of year drop in the stock market that year … >More

Woodworking program expanding into new home

  December 20, 2019 From The Lowell Sun: LOWELL – When UTEC member Felix Nieves entered the vacant building at 70- 80 Church St. Wednesday afternoon, his eyes opened wide with excitement. Nieves, 22, immediately recognized the potential of the 28,500- square- foot space when he got his sneak peek. It has room for more machinery, … >More

Can Friendship Keep At-Risk Youth Off the Streets?

      November 25, 2019 From Freethink: Carlos remembers the first time he got in trouble with the police. He had just finished watching a movie, and when he came out of the theatre, he spotted a purse in a car. “For some reason, I wanted it, so I went and got something and … >More

Numbers show UTEC works

    November 8, 2019 From The Lowell Sun: Like an infant taking those first baby steps, the United Teen Equality Center began in 1999 as a place where young people could gather without worrying about the pervasive gang violence in many Lowell neighborhoods. There were some growing pains along the way, which included convincing … >More


    November 7, 2019 From The Lowell Sun: LOWELL – When UTEC began as the United Teen Equality Center in 1999, it was a safe place where teenagers could go to engage in different activities after school without worry about the gang violence that plagued the city. Two decades later, its numerous social enterprise and … >More

The Challenge of Nonprofit Leadership

    October 31, 2019 From The Center for Effective Philanthropy: Kennedy University’s 2019 Philanthropy Summit in Pleasant Hill, California on October 28, 2019. I have spent the last six months talking mostly to donors about my book, Giving Done Right. But here, I want to address you, nonprofit leaders. And I want to start … >More

More civic engagement benefits all

    October 11, 2019 From The Lowell Sun: It’s been almost a year since Gov. Charlie Baker put his signature on “Act to Promote and Enhance Civic Engagement,” which requires the state to strengthen civics education requirements by mandating that American history, social sciences, and civics be taught in public schools. The law also … >More

UTEC teens lead the way to create lasting change through policymaking

  October 2, 2019 From The Kresge Foundation: Young adults have the unique expertise and experience that can help us discover the best solutions to our most difficult social problems. For the last 10 years, UTEC, part of The Kresge Foundation Human Services Program’s Next Generation Initiative, has coordinated Teens Leading The Way (TLTW), a … >More

UTEC names a new chief program officer

    September 26, 2019 From The Lowell Sun: LOWELL – The United Teen Equality Center, or UTEC, has announced the hiring of Anita Moeller as the program’s new chief program officer. Moeller will begin her new position Monday and will replace interim CPO Nichelle Sadler. Sadler will serve as the organization’s leader for Center … >More

Kronos-UTEC partnership celebrated

September 21, 2019 From The Lowell Sun: LOWELL – When Kronos Inc. needs to cater an event or hold a team dinner, it calls upon UTEC Inc.’s catering services or brings employees to Café UTEC. The company purchases cutting boards from UTEC’s woodworking to give as corporate gifts, and has provided corporate grants and in- … >More