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February 2014 Newsletter

Save the Date - Thursday, May 1, 2014 


This has been a very busy time for the Foundation. We are currently in the midst of a strategic planning process and are launching a new event. 


A committee of our Board of Trustees has been working hard over the last several months to identify the blueprint from which we will work to build the Foundation over the next few years. We look forward to sharing the details of our strategic plan with you once we have completed our process.


I am pleased to announce our new 2014 Spring Inspiration Breakfast featuring Julie Toskan-Casale of M.A.C. Cosmetics and the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) as our keynote speaker. We are fortunate to have Pam Lesser, Foundation for MetroWest Board member, and her daughter Anna, Youth in Philanthropy participant, as event Co-Chairs. At the event, we will be honoring Anna Josephine Conrades for her work in engaging other young philanthropists in the Greater Boston area.  


The event will be held on Thursday, May 1st at the Wellesley Country Club, so mark your calendars! For more information and to purchase tickets, click here. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Development Officer, Cori Kaufman


I look forward to seeing you on May 1, 2014. 


Judy Salerno

Executive Director


Youth in Philanthropy
The Foundation for MetroWest Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) program offers an invaluable experience for MetroWest students, providing them with the knowledge and skills to become community leaders and philanthropists. 
In order to continue offering Youth in Philanthropy free of charge to MetroWest students, we need help from community members like you.  
Please make an online donation today to help us continue this tradition of engaging the next generation of philanthropists (write YIP under "Other Fund"). 
Foundation Featured in Huffington Post Article
The Foundation for MetroWest Youth in
Philanthropy program was recently featured in the Huffington Post article, "Charity Doesn't Always Begin at Home: Student Philanthropy Experience Path to Future Giving." 


The blog post, written by Claudia Jacobs of Brandeis University, reports the findings of a recent study released by the Heller School's Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy. Drawing from over 1,600 respondents, the study concludes that engaging students in philanthropy through coursework increases the likelihood of future involvement in the sector. 


In the article, Foundation for MetroWest Executive Director, Judy Salerno, reinforces the importance of engaging students in philanthropy saying, "We have seen high school students change their outlook on life and their future plans over a period of just several months. Sharing an experience of giving back with the next generation allows students to take a step back from everyday life and realize that they can make an impact in ways they may never have realized."


Click here to read the complete article. 

Grants Available for Lexington Organizations 

The Community Endowment of Lexington is now accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations in Lexington that fall within four priority areas: 
  • Health & Human Services
  • Arts & Culture 
  • Ecological Well-Being
  • Community Building
Proposals are encouraged to focus on strategic innovations that incorporate collaboration and cooperation, create needed efficiencies, and reduce duplication of services.
Applications are due by March 15, 2014. 
To apply for a grant or for more information, visit our website

Foundation Welcomes New Philanthropy Associate  

Please join us in welcoming Kyler Lent, philanthropy associate, to the Foundation for MetroWest team. Originally from California, Kyler graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor's degree in Organizational Communication and Business Administration. She currently handles gift processing, scheduling and office maintenance, and development and administrative support for the Foundation. Previously, Kyler interned with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute working in Development for The Jimmy Fund's golf tournament division. 
2014 Winter Nonprofit Educational Programs  



How to Increase Member Retention

(Please note the new date, time, and location)


Presented by: Eric Curtis, Managing Director at Curtis Company

Thursday, February 27, 2014

9:30 a.m. - Noon

Waltham Public Library

Register Here


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. 

Mass Audubon & Drumlin Farm: Sap-to-Syrup Farmer's Breakfast
March 15-16, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Spring 2014 Band Class at Plugged In (Teen Band Program)
New students accepted on a rolling basis
The Center for the Arts in Natick (TCAN) Presents Lost in Yonkers 
Friday, February 28, 2014
8:00 p.m.

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