September 2014 Newsletter
In This Issue

Community Leadership Breakfast Tickets Now Available


Raj Sisodia of Babson College and Conscious Capitalism Inc. will speak at the Community Leadership Breakfast

Join us on Friday, October 24 at the Newton Marriott for the unique opportunity to hear Raj Sisodia speak about the important connection between business leaders and community philanthropy. As one of the thought leaders of the Conscious Capitalism movement, Raj's extensive and successful business background sets the stage for a great event. Raj is also the 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.


We are incredibly grateful for this year's event underwriters. These businesses recognize the importance of incorporating community philanthropy into their business model. A special thank you to Bob's Discount Furniture, Middlesex Savings Bank, National Development, and the Bob Brack Family Fund of the Foundation for MetroWest for your strong leadership, and to the Boston Business Journal for your continued partnership.


You can purchase tickets here. For more information, email Cori Kaufman or call 508.647.2250.


Help Preserve the Quality of Life in MetroWest


It's that time of year again, the time when our Distribution Committee reviews hundreds of grant applications from local nonprofit organizations who are doing great work in our community. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide funding to all of these deserving organizations, but you can help.  


A donation to one of our Giving Area Funds - Arts & Culture,

Environment, Family Support, and Youth Development - can

help increase the number or organizations we are able to support, helping to improve and preserve the quality of life in MetroWest.


Please consider making a donation today.


Foundation Fund Featured in Boston Globe


The Keep Smilin' 4 Abbie bracelet visited Stanley Park in Westfield, MA #smilinaroundtheworld

The Boston Globe recently featured a story on the Keep Smilin' 4 Abbie Fund - a fund of the Foundation for MetroWest - and the incredible work the Benford family is doing around educating others on the severity of anaphylaxis.


In 2013, the Benford family lost their daughter Abbie just shy of her 16th birthday from an anaphylactic reaction. In honor of their daughter, they established the Keep Smilin' 4 Abbie Fund to increase awareness of and help fund research for early detection of anaphylaxis. CONTINUE READING>


Local Residents Review Foundation Grants

Foundation for MetroWest

2014 Distribution Committee

This past week, residents from 11 different MetroWest communities met at the Foundation for the first Distribution Committee meeting of the year. We welcomed six new members to the Committee: Susan Kavoogian and Maureen Sullivan of Wellesley, Donna Hale of Wayland, Laura Sher of Weston, Leslie Zales of Lexington, and Evan Weisenfeld of Medfield.  
The Foundation's Distribution Committee is comprised of local residents who volunteer their time to review grant applications in the areas of arts & culture, environment, and family support. In addition to reviewing applications, Committee members spend the fall visiting local nonprofits to meet with the staff and learn more about the organizational and regional needs. Ultimately, they work with the Foundation Board and Staff members to decide which organizations will be awarded grants through the Foundation's Competitive Grant Program.
Joining a committee is a great way to get involved with the Foundation. Click here for a list of our current committees. If you are interested in becoming involved in one, please email Amy Axelrod or call 508.647.2260.
New Foundation Board Member Announced
Louis Crosier of Wellesley was recently appointed to the Foundation for MetroWest Board of Trustees, along with the Development & Marketing and Investment Committees. Louis is the President of Wellesley Investment Partners, an investment advisory firm providing broad-based investment and wealth management services to individual and institutional clients and a wholly owned subsidiary of Wellesley Bank.
Formerly, he was a Senior Managing Director at Windhaven Investment Management and Vice President in the Wealth Management Division of Goldman Sachs & Co. Louis has authored/edited several books, most recently Selling Your Business: The Transition from Entrepreneur to Investor (Wiley, 2004).


Welcome Louis! A full list of board members, with brief bios and photos, can be found on our website.


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.
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.
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
Longfellow's Wayside Inn: Octoberfest
Friday, September 26, 2014
6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Sudbury, MA
Belkin Family Lookout Farm: Jammin' With Thomas
September 26 - 27, 2014
12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m.
Natick, MA
Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary: Fall Foliage Morning Canoe on the Charles
Saturday, September 27, 2014
9:00 a.m.
Natick, MA

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