August 2014 Newsletter
In This Issue

Do you know of a high school student who is interested in...


  • Learning about the needs in their own backyard,
  • Enhancing their leadership skills,
  • Making a positive impact on their community, and
  • Making grants to local nonprofit organizations of their choice?

    If so, encourage him or her to apply for our 2014-2015 Youth in Philanthropy program! The August 29 deadline to apply for the fall program is quickly approaching.  


    Click here to download the application. You can find more information about the Youth in Philanthropy program here or by emailing Jennifer Ubaldino, our Youth in Philanthropy Coordinator.


    MetroWest Hunger Relief Fund


    Acknowledging the prevalence of food insecurity in our region, the Foundation established the MetroWest Hunger Relief Fund in 2012 to direct more resources to local food pantries and food support organizations.


    Since the Fund was established, we have been able to distribute nearly $200,000 to MetroWest food support organizations. With your help, we can make a greater impact in 2014.


    A donation to the MetroWest Hunger Relief Fund will not just help one family or one food pantry, but many families and food support organizations across the cities and towns of MetroWest. Please make a donation today and join us in our efforts to ensure that the shelves of every food pantry are full - even in the summer months.


    Grantee Spotlight: Creating Positive Change Through Music


    For MetroWest teens, being in a rock band doesn't need to be limited to the confines of their garage. Plugged In is an experience they can share with others, while also lending a helping hand.


    "Creating positive change through music" is the motto of Plugged In - an afterschool music program located in Needham for students of all ages, and a Foundation for MetroWest grant recipient.


    Over the years, Foundation for MetroWest has provided Plugged In with financial support, as well as valuable professional development opportunities at no charge through the Foundation's Center for Philanthropy Education. Continue reading>


    Summer Institute for Youth Leadership Students Awards $5K to MetroWest Nonprofits
    In partnership with the Honey Dew Family Foundation, the first Summer Institute for Youth Leadership was a success. Students from across MetroWest came to the Foundation office in South Natick for the two-day program to learn about philanthropy, leadership, and life skills.
    Similar to our Youth in Philanthropy program, students learned how to evaluate nonprofit organizations and ultimately had to work as a group to decide where to allocate their funds. Each session was given $2,500 to award to the nonprofit of their choice. We are excited to announce that the students selected REACH Beyond Domestic Violence and The Nature Connection to each receive a gift of $2,500.
    We would like to thank Junior Achievement of Northern New England and ReDiscovery for offering hands-on, interactive workshops on topics that involved networking for success, preparing a budget, interview etiquette, and other necessary life skills. For more information on the Summer Institute for Youth Leadership, click here
    Axelrod Named Director of Institutional Advancement

    We are pleased to announce that Amy Axelrod has been named Director of Institutional Advancement. Amy will oversee all of the Foundation's marketing and development initiatives. Prior to her promotion, she served as one of the Foundation's Development Officers working primarily with professional advisors and helping to strengthen and expand the Foundation's Town Fund initiatives. Congratulations Amy!

    Upcoming Grant Deadlines for MetroWest Nonprofits  
    The deadline to submit applications for our Arts & Culture, Environment, and Family Support grant cycle has passed, but there are several other opportunities and deadlines in the coming months. Please refer to the list below for upcoming deadlines. Click here for the eligibility requirements, application instructions, and grant guidelines. For more information, email Mary Crowley.
    Monday, September 15, 2014: Southborough Community Fund
    Download the application
    Wednesday, October 1, 2014: MetroWest Youth Development
    Download the application
    Wednesday, October 1, 2014: Youth Development - Wellesley Grant Program
    Download the application  
    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, executive leadership development, and capacity-building programs.
    9/17/14 Social Media 102 - You're Social, Now What? Making Social Media
    Work For You
    10/2 Getting The Most Out Of Your Fundraising Event
    10/15/14 How To Get More From Your Year-End Fundraising Campaign
    With Social Media
    11/13/14 Yes, You Must Have An Annual Report. Here's How. 


    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
    Fruitlands Museum: Centennial Free Day
    Saturday, September 6, 2014
    10:00 a.m.
    Harvard, MA
    Longfellow's Wayside Inn: Autumn Craft Show
    Sunday, September 7, 2014
    10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Sudbury, MA
    The Umbrella Community Arts Center: Angels in America - Millennium Approaches
    Friday, September 12 & Sunday September 13, 2014
    7:30 p.m.
    Concord, MA

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