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March 2014 Newsletter

Spring is finally here and we are busy planning our upcoming Spring Inspiration Breakfast. I hope you have Thursday, May 1st marked down on your calendar as this event is going to be a very special celebration of our youth and their important role in philanthropy.


I'm delighted by the positive support we have received from the community for this first time event. Schools, businesses, and local families have committed to joining us to celebrate our community's future leaders. These sponsors have demonstrated that investing in our youth is an important investment in our community's future. I encourage you to view the list of sponsors here.


We have a collective responsibility to invest in our future by strengthening and educating our local youth, and I feel grateful to be part of a community that works so hard to accomplish this goal.


Thank you,


Judy Salerno

Executive Director


Making Giving Easier


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


Small, reoccurring 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.


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


New Fund Provides Opportunity for
Community to Thank Susan Wornick
After 34 years as an investigative reporter, news anchor, and consumer advocate for WCVB-TV Channel 5, the legendary Susan Wornick recently bid her viewers goodbye as she stepped down from the anchor chair. Susan's legacy and commitment to help young aspiring journalists will live on through the Susan Wornick Journalism Scholarship Fund at the Foundation for MetroWest.
"Susan has had an extraordinary career, and is an inspiration to so many," said Bill Fine, WCVB President and General Manger. "Always very proud of her Natick roots, it comes as no surprise that Susan wanted to find a special way to give back to her hometown. The Susan Wornick Journalism Scholarship Fund honors Susan's legacy at her alma mater, Natick High, and we hope others will step up with donations to assist budding journalists who follow in Susan's footsteps," continued Fine.

Foundation for MetroWest Executive Director Judy Salerno added, "Susan is known for her tireless work in the community, dedicating her time and resources enabling MetroWest nonprofits to further their mission. This is a wonderful opportunity for everyone who has benefited from her extraordinary generosity to thank her for all that she has done to strengthen MetroWest. Now is the time for all of us to acknowledge her great work in the community by making a gift to the Susan Wornick Journalism Scholarship Fund."

Donations to the Susan Wornick Journalism Scholarship Fund can be made online by clicking here and selecting "Susan Wornick Journalism Scholarship Fund" under the Fund drop-down menu, or mailing a check made out to: FFMW - Susan Wornick Journalism Scholarship Fund
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Youth in Philanthropy Teen Gives Back
Like most teenage
Sam Slater (left) with Foundation for MetroWest Youth in Philanthropy Teacher, Jennifer Ubaldino (right)
boys, Sam Slater loves baseball and hanging out with his friends. Unique to his age, he also has a strong passion for giving back to his community.
As a sophomore at Framingham High School, Sam was looking for volunteer opportunities in his community. He noticed a flyer on his school bulletin board about a unique program called Youth in Philanthropy. After further research, Sam decided to apply to the program.

"I liked that it was more than just a one day volunteer opportunity," said Sam. "Also, the fact that it involved learning about local nonprofit organizations and real money interested me. I knew I could make a difference in my community and that it would have a long-term impact." Continue reading>
Center for Philanthropy Education


Our relationship with nonprofit organizations does not begin or end with a grant decision. We offer services and resources through our Center for Philanthropy Education to help nonprofit staff, board and volunteers think strategically, govern effectively and operate efficiently - through seminars, convening, executive leadership development, and capacity-building programs.


Community Farm Convening


Wednesday, April 6, 2014

9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Foundation for MetroWest office

RSVP to Kyler Lent of call 508.647.2260


10 Tips (maybe even more!) on Video Storytelling Strategy


Presenter: Rachel Jellinek

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Wellesley Free Library


Whether you want to use video to help raise money, recruit staff and volunteers, or educate your audience about key issues you care about, it all comes down to storytelling strategy. In this session, Rachel from Reflection Films will share tips on crafting your message, including some pitfalls to avoid. She'll share some examples and encourages participants to come ready to share their experiences as well. The focus of this conversation will be on storytelling ideas and what to do with them, not on the technical aspects of video production.


Register Here


 Get that Grant through a Sublime Proposal


Presenter: Carla Cataldo

Friday, June 13, 2014

9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Middlesex Savings Bank, 120 Flanders Road, Westborough


If your proposal isn't excellent, kiss that grant goodbye. If your current proposal does not sing with clarity, or looks like it was written on Fantasy Island, come to this workshop and learn to create a winning grant proposal budget! Bring a copy of your organization's grant proposal budget(s) to compare, ask questions, and obtain feedback from your peers. After learning about how to get your budget in its best form, from presenter Carla Cataldo, stay to hear about the Foundation's announcement of the 2014 Request for Proposals. Brief instructions will be given about the competitive grant process, eligibility requirements and the application. General questions will be allowed in the group setting.


Register Here



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. 

Plugged In Summer Camp (ages 11-18) 
Sessions run from July 7-18 and July 21 - August 1
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The Discovery Museums Speaker Series: George Overholser at iRobot
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Bedford, MA
Massachusetts Horticultural Society: Yoga in the Garden
Friday, April 4, 2014
9:30 a.m.
Elm Bank

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