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June 2014 Newsletter

Our 2013 Annual Report is Now Available


It is our great pleasure to share with you the Foundation for MetroWest 2013 Annual Report. Thanks to your generosity, in 2013, we were able to distribute nearly one million dollars to support nonprofit organizations in our community who work diligently to strengthen our region.


We have much to be proud of over this past year. Our forward momentum has our Board and staff energized and ready to reach more people, help more neighbors, and enrich the MetroWest communities in which we live and work. Together, there is so much more we can do. We encourage you to join us in our efforts to build strong communities, now and for the future.

Double the Impact of Your Gift to Youth Programming Today


"My daughter Caroline entered the Youth in Philanthropy program with limited knowledge about the needs in our region and the role nonprofits play within our community," explained Jennifer Egener, Youth in Philanthropy parent and Dover resident. "This program gives high school students an in-depth understanding of philanthropy and the inner workings of nonprofit organizations."


"This program is invaluable for our children. I watched Caroline develop an appreciation for our community after learning about the needs that exist in our own backyard. She has become a thoughtful philanthropist, knowing how to give and give intelligently. I hope you will join me in giving back to the Foundation and their youth programming initiatives like the Youth in Philanthropy program."


Please help us continue to offer this program to students like Caroline by making a donation today. Thanks to a very generous donor, all new gifts to the Foundation will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $25,000 until September 2014. Donations to our Youth Challenge 2014 provide the resources to ensure that we can continue to develop and expand programming to help young adults better understand their role in helping to make this world a better place.


Make a donation today.


Save the Date for our 2014 Community Leadership Breakfast

Keynote Speaker:

Raj Sisodia

We are pleased to announce that our annual Community Leadership Breakfast will be held on Friday, October 24, 2014 at the Newton Marriott.


Last year's Community Leadership Breakfast was a huge success. More than 350 people from over 100 companies joined us, and we are expecting an even larger crowd this year. Proceeds from the event have allowed the Foundation to provide vital philanthropic support to local nonprofits that are making a difference right in our own backyard.


We are delighted that our keynote speaker this year is Raj Sisodia, F.W. Olin Distinguished Professor of Global Business at Babson College and author (with John Mackey, founder and co-CEO of Whole Foods Market) of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling book Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business. At the event, Raj will share his view on reimagining capitalism with higher consciousness.


Underwriting opportunities are now available. To learn about the benefits your business can receive by partnering with the Foundation on this great event, email Kyler Lent or call 508.647.2260.


2013 Community Leadership Breakfast Speaker, Ron Shaich, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Panera Bread


Community Endowment of Lexington Awards First Grants
Volunteers from Lexington Youth & Family Services - one of the four organizations that received a grant
Four Lexington nonprofit organizations were awarded a total of $22,500 at the first Community Endowment of Lexington Grant Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 30, at the Lexington Historical Society.



"It has been wonderful during this first year of the Community Endowment of Lexington (CEL) fundraising to watch the initiative take hold in the community," said Stephanie Lawrence, chair of the CEL Community Board. "We are living in a time where the strength of our town depends on the wisdom, talents, and generosity offered by its residents. The positive response and support we've received from everyone has been incredibly inspiring, and has allowed us to complete the first of many grant cycles in support of nonprofits doing such great work in Lexington."


The CEL is a endowed town fund of the Foundation for MetroWest. Here at the Foundation, we are working with teams of volunteers in three of our communities (Wellesley, Southborough, and Lexington) to build the necessary resources to strengthen the place they call home. If you are interested in starting a Town Fund, email Amy Axelrod or call 508.647.2260.


To read about the CEL grants awarded, click here. You can see photos from the event here.

Community Endowment of Lexington Community Board

(L to R) Hua Wang, Pauline Benninga, Leslie Zales, William Blout, Stephanie Lawrence, Deborah Osber

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.
7/16/2014 Competitive Grant Program Open House


Click here for more information and to register


Please Note: We are happy to offer this seminar 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. 

Natick Visiting Nurse Association: Fresh Taste
Thursday, June 19, 2014
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Wellesley, MA
Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary: Spring Birding Exploration
Saturday, June 21, 2014
8:00 a.m.
Natick, MA
RiverFest - on and around the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers
June 20 - 22, 2014

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