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January 2014 Newsletter
FROM THE DIRECTOR

 

I would like to express our gratitude to all those who made a donation to our 2013 Holiday Appeal. Your gifts provide the resources the Foundation needs to sustain and enhance the quality of life in MetroWest.

  

As a result of our community's generosity, we are pleased to announce that the Foundation made over $900,000 in grants during 2013.

 

Providing financial support is an important part of our work in the community, but the Foundation's relationship with nonprofit organizations goes beyond our grant decisions. We are committed to building organizational capacity and helping nonprofits achieve their mission through a wide range of ongoing programs and resources.
 

As we enter the New Year, I'm pleased to announce a new program series being offered free of charge to nonprofit Executive Directors. Designed to help Executive Directors see beyond the challenges of the daily issues and details of their organizations, the program will help them shift their thinking into a more strategic, productive state. We are delighted to have Fredia Woolf, principal of Woolf Consulting, facilitate this six-session series. Please share this opportunity with Executive Directors you believe will benefit from this great opportunity.

 

  

Best wishes,

 

Judy Salerno

Executive Director

 

GIVE
Did you know you can make regular monthly donations to the Foundation for MetroWest?

 

Small, reccurring gifts can make a big impact, allowing the Foundation to provide critical support and funding to hundreds of MetroWest nonprofits.

 

It's easy to add the Foundation into your monthly budget. A gift of just $25 per month can make a big difference in maintaining and improving the quality of life in MetroWest. Of course, you can cancel at any time.

 

Click here to set up your monthly donation today or call us at 508.647.2260 for more information.

INITIATIVES & IMPACT
$83K Distributed to Food Pantries through MetroWest Hunger Relief Fund
 

The MetroWest Hunger Relief Fund - a fund of the Foundation for MetroWest - recently distributed $83,000 to 42 food pantries and food support organizations throughout MetroWest.

  

Recognizing the growing community need for food support, the English Family Fund and generous Foundation fundholders teamed together to establish the MetroWest Hunger Relief Fund in 2012. Since then, the Fund has received support from residents throughout our community.

 

As the issue of food insecurity continues to affect thousands of MetroWest families, supporting our local food pantries becomes increasingly more important and necessary. One donation to the MetroWest Hunger Relief Fund can help thousands of families.

 

Click here to see the complete list of food support organizations supported by the MetroWest Hunger Relief Fund.

The Spirit of Philanthropy is Strong in Lexington
  

Although the holiday season is behind us, Lexington residents still have a reason to celebrate. 

  

The Community Endowment of Lexington - an initiative to build a permanent source of funding for Lexington and its residents - celebrated their first year in existence and have already raised over $130,000!

 

The success to date is based on the enthusiasm from the Community Endowment's Board members, 20 (and growing!) Founders, and local residents. Community Endowment of Lexington representatives have also been invited to present at various civic events.

 

If you are interested in learning more about the Community Endowment of Lexington or would like to schedule a presentation, email Foundation for MetroWest Development Officer, Amy Axelrod. You can also visit our website for more information.

 

STRENGTHENING & CONNECTING METROWEST
2014 Winter Nonprofit Educational Programs  

 

How to Increase Member Retention

 

Presented by: Eric Curtis, Managing Director at Curtis Company

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

9:00 a.m. - Noon

Wayland Library

Register Here

  

Leadership for Life: How to Build Sustainability into Nonprofit Leadership

(for nonprofit Executive Directors)

 

Presented by: Fredia Woolf, Principal at Woolf Consulting

6-session series beginning February 25, 2014

Foundation for MetroWest Office

Click here for more information

 

Fredia Woolf, principal of Woolf Consulting, will facilitate these sessions to help Executive Directors see beyond the issues and details, and help shift their thinking into a more strategic, productive state. 

 

Meet the Foundation Staff

 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Foundation for MetroWest office

 

With over 600 nonprofits in the region, it can be a daunting challenge to get out to meet all of you. We would like to invite you to come over for a cup of coffee and tell us a little more about your work and we will tell you more about what we have been up to. Please join staff and Executive Director, Judy Salerno, for this informal conversation. Space is limited and you need to register for this program so we know how much coffee to brew! For more information and to RSVP, email Kyler Lent.

 

 

Please Note: We are happy to offer these seminars free of charge to MetroWest nonprofit organizations. Please help us continue to offer our programs for free. If your plans change after you register, and you cannot attend, please notify us at least 48 hours before the event. If you register and do not attend, there will be a $25 no-show fee. 

COMMUNITY EVENTS
James Montgomery to perform at The Center for the Arts in Natick (TCAN)
Friday, January 31, 2014
8:00 p.m.
  
Music and Movement with Miss Bernadette at The Discovery Museums
Friday, January 31, 2014
9:30 a.m.
  
Framingham History Center "A Most Rash but Magnificent Charge" Book Launch
Sunday, February 23, 2014
2:00 p.m.

 
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