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May Newsletter
In This Issue
FROM THE DIRECTOR
May has been a busy month here at the Foundation. We have two great new initiatives - our 2-Day Summer Institute for Youth Leadership and our Youth Challenge 2014. Click on each link to learn more about these exciting opportunities.
  
Thank you to everyone who made our inaugural Spring Inspiration Breakfast such a success! It was great to see so many new and familiar faces supporting the work of the Foundation. Keep scrolling down to find more information, photos, and a video from the event. We look forward to staying connected with you as we continue to expand our Youth Programming at the Foundation.
GIVE
Honor Your Favorite Graduate with a Scholarship Fund

 

Graduation season is upon us - a time for speeches, reminiscing, and thinking about the future. Although we consider a good education to be "priceless", the increasing cost of higher education is making it harder for families to invest in their children's future.

 

You can help students pursue their educational goals by establishing a Scholarship Fund at the Foundation. You can designate any level of education as well as a field of study and eligibility requirements. And, we provide you with the benefits that are typically provided by commercial gift funds, like an investment performance and low fees, but with the personalized service of a community Foundation.

 

Click here for more information on establishing a Scholarship Fund. If you would like to speak to a staff member to learn more, call 508.647.2260 or email Development Officer, Amy Axelrod.

INITIATIVES & IMPACT
2014 Spring Inspiration Breakfast a Huge Success!
 
Over 200 guests attended our sold-out Spring Inspiration Breakfast on Thursday, May 1st at the Wellesley Country Club. Although the weather didn't feel like spring, the warmth and optimism in the room certainty filled us all with the spirit of spring inspiration!
  
Keynote Speaker, Julie Toskan-Casale, had a great story to tell about her transition from MAC Cosmetics to running her Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) - a program very similar to our Youth in Philanthropy program. We even had extra time for a Q&A session after her speech.
  
A special thank you to our Presenting Sponsor First Republic, event sponsors, attendees, and friends for showing support for the Foundation and coming to learn about the work we do. This fundraising effort will help us improve and expand our Youth in Philanthropy program and other youth programming initiatives here at the Foundation.
  
We are grateful for the leadership of our event Co-Chairs, Pam & Anna Lesser, and the Event Committee members who helped introduce the Foundation to many new friends.
  
Click here to see photos from the event ("Like" our page and feel free to tag yourself)
  
If you were unable to attend the event, you can see Julie's inspirational speech here.
  
(L to R) Judy Salerno, Foundation for MetroWest Executive Director; Anna Conrades, Young Philanthropists Honoree; Julie Toskan-Casale, Keynote Speaker; Anna Lesser, Event Co-Chair; Pam Lesser, Event Co-Chair and Foundation for MetroWest Trustee
North Hill Hosts Anne Frank: A History for Today Traveling Exhibit
 

(L to R) Netty Vanderpol, North Hill Resident, Holocaust Survivor, and classmate of Anne Frank; Rebecca Faulkner of the Anne Frank Center in New York

The Foundation for MetroWest recently awarded North Hill, a senior living community, a grant to bring the multi-media exhibit Anne Frank: A History for Today to our MetroWest community. The story of Anne Frank's life and death resonates with people of all ages and backgrounds. Today, children and their families continue to be victims of violence, war and conflict. The exhibit allows you to consider the contemporary effects of prejudice, violence and discrimination in all its forms.
  
We encourage you to take advantage of this unique opportunity. The stories which the exhibition tells - of many people who regularly experience racism, intolerance, and discrimination - will encourage you to question how differences between individuals are addressed and inspire us to work towards a more just, inclusive society. Click here for exhibit hours, directions, and more information.
STRENGTHENING & CONNECTING METROWEST

Wellesley Marathon Runner Exceeds Fundraising Goal in Support of the Fund for Wellesley

 

Originally from Zimbabwe, Graham Masiiwa has been a Wellesley resident for the past 10 years with his wife and three children. As a Coach at Dana Hall and personal trainer, Graham is well-known and admired by the Wellesley community.

 

He was was unable to finish the Boston Marathon in 2013 and was given a second chance this year when Terri Tsagaris, Chair of the Wellesley Board of Selectmen, awarded him a bib number in support of the Fund for Wellesley - a town fund of the Foundation for MetroWest.

 

"Graham is an outstanding individual with a tremendous outlook on life and a role model for his students and all who know him," said Tsagaris. "When Wellesley was awarded invitational entries for the Boston Marathon, I immediately thought of Graham. He is committed to Wellesley and I knew he would be a perfect fit to run for the Fund for Wellesley."

 

Graham successfully completed this year's marathon and throughout the past month, we have seen an outpouring of support from those in the Wellesley community. He has exceeded his $4,000 fundraising goal by 50%, raising nearly $6,000 for the Fund for Wellesley.

 

Congratulations Graham on all your successes!

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.
  
6/4/2014 Achieve Your Goals with Experienced Professionals

 

6/11/14 How to Lead, Manage, and Sustain Change
 

 6/13/14 Get that Grant through a Sublime Budget Proposal

 

Click here for more information and to register

 

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
The Discovery Museums: Music and Movement with Miss Bernadette
Friday, May 30, 2014
9:30 a.m.
Concord, MA
  
Saturday, May 31, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Harvard, MA
  
Hopkinton Center for the Arts: Art Space
Now through Monday, June 9, 2014
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

 
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