Walczak wants to expand reach of nonprofits, charities

Mayoral candidate Bill Walczak has released his blueprint for bolstering charitable organizations and nonprofits in the city, a move he said would expand their reach to people who need the services they provide the most.

The candidate issued his nonprofit plan this afternoon, one day before voters take to the polls to pick two of 12 candidates to compete for mayor. Walczak also hired a plane today to fly around the city with a banner declaring his strong opposition to a casino in Boston.


In releasing his blueprint, Walczak points to his 40-year experience in the nonprofit sector, saying those organizations are critical to transforming struggling neighborhoods, stabilizing local business districts, creating jobs, and taking on challenges beyond their scope or mission.

But while they are “life-blood of Boston,’’ they are underutilized and there is a duplication of services, Walczak said.

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“This plan streamlines how the city can leverage non-profit programs and services and be better partners in helping stem the problems of poverty and violence in our city,’’ he said in a statement.

The blueprint establishes a division within the Boston Redevelopment Authority to focus on collaborating city and nonprofit programs to better expand their social and economic potential.

His administration would appoint a city service officer, deepen partnerships with major education, medical and cultural institutions, and establish a network of private and charitable incubators throughout the neighborhoods. The network would focus on development solutions to each community’s social and economic needs.


Walczak, of Dorchester, was co-founder of the Codman Square Health Center, a position he held for more than three decades.

Meghan Irons can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @meghanirons.
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