Monthly Newsletter
May 2015
Spring Inspiration Breakfast 2015


A special thank you to everyone who was able to join us in celebrating youth and philanthropy at our annual Spring Inspiration Breakfast at the Wellesley Country Club on May 7th. The morning was full of both wonderful company and moving speeches by Nini Meyer, Founder and President of Positive Tracks; Ashley Kaye Bernon, Young Philanthropist Honoree and Youth in Philanthropy Ambassador for the Foundation. The event was co-chaired by Patty Gannon, Foundation Trustee and her daughter Jacqueline Gannon.


Each of our speakers spoke passionately about their personal introduction to the joy and importance of philanthropy through mothers, mother-in-laws, and grandmothers. They reflected on their great appreciation for these lessons being passed down one generation to the next, and how they now see it as their responsibility to continue passing the torch. Addressing a room of more than 280, Bernon said, "Inspiring and empowering all of our children to make a difference are the keys to the future strength of our communities," to which Jacqueline Gannon added, "Ensuring that [the work of the Foundation] continues for years to come has everything to do with how youth are being engaged in philanthropy today."


Erica Cagliero of Lexington High School, Lily Faucett of Nashoba Brooks School and Christopher Roper of The Meadowbrook School were all recognized at the event for their exemplary service to community through the Foundation's Youth in Philanthropy program. As accomplished YIP participants, Erica, Lily and Christopher join over 1,000 other YIP alumni as the next generation of philanthropists working to make a difference in our region. 


To see more photos from the event, please visit our Flickr album.


Applications Now Available!

Do you know of a high school student who enjoys innovative education opportunities and likes to give back to their community? Applications are now available for the Foundation for MetroWest's 2015 Summer Institute for Youth Leadership and Youth in Philanthropy program this fall. 


Summer Institute for Youth Leadership: Session One

June 29th - July 1st, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Foundation for MetroWest, Natick

Apply Now


Summer Institute for Youth Leadership: Session Two

July 27th - July 29th, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Foundation for MetroWest, Natick

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Youth in Philanthropy, Natick: Fall Semester

September 2015 - January 2016

Foundation for Metrowest, Natick

Apply Now


Youth in Philanthropy offers a unique approach to learning the importance of philanthropy for the next generation. Not only does our well-developed curriculum teach students about the diverse needs in the MetroWest community, but the process also helps students develop 21st century skills including, critical thinking, public speaking, budgeting, case-making, and collaboration. A highlight of the program, YIP's newly educated philanthropists become grant makers by giving back to local organizations providing a wide array of programming to benefit underserved youth in their own backyard.


Since 1997, the Foundation for MetroWest's Youth in Philanthropy program has been inspiring youth to give back and to truly become invested in the MetroWest community. Key to the future success of our region, we are proud to offer one of the largest, year-round youth philanthropy education programs in the country that has educated over 1,000 teens who have granted $800,000 to over 140 youth development organizations in our backyard.


Join us by sharing this great opportunity with any students, neighbors, friends or family who could benefit from participating in our YIP program in the coming year. Students living in MetroWest in 9th - 12th grade are eligible to apply. You can find more information about the Youth in Philanthropy program here or by contacting Caroline Cooke or Jennifer Ubaldino


Making An Impact In Their Neighborhoods
Southborough Community Fund Board Members  
Tom Crotty, Cathy Kea, Elizabeth Wetherbee Klein, Robin Martin, John Fodor & Karen Gadbois

Many of us feel strong ties to our own town, and want to make sure that it continues to be a wonderful place to live for everyone. With this in mind, the Foundation for MetroWest has worked with community leaders to establish Town Funds in Lexington, Wellesley, and most recently in Southborough.


The Southborough Community Fund would like to thank everyone who joined them for coffee and conversation in anticipation of their second annual nonprofit competitive grant program. Together, community leaders, nonprofit organizations, and town government agencies discussed the details of this year's program as well as the needs and opportunities within the Southborough community that can be addressed collaboratively for greatest impact. In its first year, the SCF granted $30,000 to ten organizations serving the Southborough community. One of the grant recipients reflected at the convening, "I can't tell you how grateful we are to have received that money." This year's grant program will officially launch with the release of their RFP in mid-June. To learn more about the SCF, its grantmaking and past grant recipients, please visit their webpage.


We are delighted to announce that The Community Endowment of Lexington and The Fund for Wellesley continue to make an impact in their communities and are in the process of concluding another successful year of their grantmaking programs. Both Funds cordially invite the community to attend their grant award ceremony and celebration: 


  • The Fund for Wellesley will be awarding its grants on Wednesday, June 3rd at Babson College's Sorenson Center for the Arts Upper Lobby from 6:00-7:30 PM. To RSVP, please contact Mason Smith at or 781.235.4313
  • The Community Endowment of Lexington will be holding its grant award celebration on Friday, June 5th at the Lexington Depot from 1:00-3:00 PM. To RSVP, please contact


To learn more about The Community Endowment of Lexington or The Fund for Wellesley, please visit their websites. 

Upcoming Events
Nonprofits learn and engage at each seminar

The Power of Email Marketing (Plus 60 Ways to Grow Your List) - June 3 


Email is more important than ever - to you and your nonprofit, and also to those you serve as your clients and donors. This session will reveal some simple but effective best practices and considerations for the small nonprofit seeking to make their email newsletters more effective. 


Email Marketing: Mini Boot Camp- June 9

During this hands-on workshop, attendees will walk through the steps to create an email marketing message. This is a live, guided demonstration on the tools and features available through Constant Contact. Bring your laptop and work on your email or newsletter! You will leave this workshop with real tools to design a better email campaign. 


Thank you to our donors and the Middlesex Savings Bank Charitable Foundation for supporting the Center for Philanthropy Education. MetroWest nonprofit staff, volunteers, board and committee members are welcome to attend.

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