Monthly Newsletter
July 2015
In This Issue
Increase Your Company's Visibility at our Community Leadership Breakfast


Our 2014 Community Leadership Breakfast was a huge success with over 300 attendees representing over 100 companies. This year, we are expecting an even larger audience with our keynote speaker Gary Hirshberg, Chairman of Stonyfield Farm and 'Just Label It.'


As a 2015 Community Leadership Breakfast underwriter, your company will be recognized as a leader in supporting the needs of the region and helping to build stronger MetroWest communities. Your company will receive visibility in promotional materials, media relations, social media, monthly newsletters and on the Foundation for MetroWest website. 


Click here to learn more about partnering with us as an event sponsor. 



Hunger Exists, and it Exists Right Here at Home in MetroWest

 Even here amidst our comfortable lives, hungry people are all around us, hidden in plain sight. Once your eyes are opened to them, you can't look away. You mustn't. 


These are the words of Kathy Brennan, donor to the MetroWest Hunger Relief Fund, and she's right--although it may be hard to believe, the fact of the matter is that hungry people are all around us. Not only that but they aren't who we think they are. They are the nearly 20,000 MetroWest school children who no longer have access to vital in-school food programs because of summer vacation. They are our elders living on fixed incomes and facing increasingly higher medical and housing costs. Then there are those who have recently fallen on tough times, have disabilities or are otherwise struggling to put food on the table each night. These are our neighbors, and they are hungry. 


Stamping out hunger in MetroWest can be done--but it requires everyone working together. This month, join Kathy by participating in our $55,000 Summer Hunger Challenge benefiting the MetroWest Hunger Relief Fund. All month, your gift will be matched dollar for dollar up to $55,000! The need is great and the time is now. Please consider donating today. 


We Make Giving Easy

The Foundation for MetroWest takes the burden and guesswork out of local giving. We accept a wide range of assets and offer easy, flexible, tax-free giving options for any business or individual. Our expert staff work with donors and their advisors to direct every dollar where it counts, minimizing fees, ensuring greater tax advantages, and managing investments over time so your contributions make the greatest possible difference now and in the future.


To learn more about how you can make a difference in MetroWest, contact Cynthia J. Wachs, Chief Philanthropy Officer, or call 508.647.2260


Applications Available for Sudbury and Natick Youth in Philanthropy Programs

Applications for our fall Sudbury and Natick YIP programs are currently being accepted online through August 7, 2015. We are also accepting applications through October 30, 2015 for our spring program in Sudbury.


YIP-Sudbury, Fall Semester

Tuesday evenings, 7:00-8:30 PM (Full program schedule)

The Sudbury Foundation's office in Sudbury, MA




YIP-Natick, Fall Semester

Thursday evenings, 7:00-8:30 PM (Full program schedule)

Foundation for MetroWest's office in Natick, MA




YIP-Sudbury, Spring Semester

Wednesday evenings, 7:00-8:30 PM (Full program schedule)

The Sudbury Foundation's office in Sudbury, MA


We welcome MetroWest high school students in grades 9-12 to apply. You can find more information about Youth in Philanthropy on our
website or by contacting Program Officer, Jennifer Ubaldino. Interested in getting involved in YIP as an adult? YIP Instructor positions are also available for the upcoming school year. To learn more or to apply, click here
Summer Institute for Youth Leadership a Success! 
We recently held the first session of our Summer Institute for Youth Leadership and with the help of corporate and nonprofit partners (a special thank you to Eastern Bank, PwC, Bentley University, The Discovery Museums, and The Food Project) it was a tremendous success! 15 high school students from 11 towns spent three days learning about the needs in their community, the importance of giving back, interview skills, public speaking tips, and how they can make a difference in the communities they call home. To see what the kids were up to during their time at the Institute, check out our Storify

We are looking forward to hosting a second session of the Summer Institute for Youth Leadership from July 27-29! To see photos and get stories as they happen, make sure to follow the Foundation on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram
Upcoming Events

The Insider's Guide to Grant Writing Basics

July 29, 2015

9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Goodnow Library, 21 Concord Road, Sudbury


In this workshop, participants will learn how to create successful grant proposals on their own or as part of a grants team. Different types of proposals, typical grant components and all steps in the proposal development process will be reviewed. Prospect research will also be explored, as well as best practices and inside tips for the novice grant writer. 

Sign up today!


The People Factor: Volunteers and Donors

August 5, 2015

Framingham Library, 49 Lexington Street, Framingham

9:30 AM - 11:30 AM


This workshop will focus on how to increase your organization's support from individuals--as both volunteers and donors. During this interactive session, participants will share their own experiences with building a community of individual supporters. We will also discuss the connection between volunteers and donors. You will learn to work collaboratively with individual supporters to create meaningful and engaging opportunities for contribution.

Sign up today!


Leading with Ease: Secrets of Sustainable Leadership

Starting September 22, 2015

Foundation for MetroWest, 3 Eliot Street, Natick


In this six-week leadership development series, executive directors will explore the three essential components of sustainable leadership: excellence, effectiveness, and ease. Each session will cover a different facet of the "Look 5 Ways" framework, a proven process that enables nonprofit leaders to take a fresh look at what they want to accomplish and to streamline how to get there. 

Apply today!

Now Accepting Applications:
Regional and Southborough Competitive Grant Programs 
Are you a MetroWest nonprofit supporting arts & culture, the environment, or families? Find out more about our Regional Competitive Grant program and don't forget, grant applications are due August 15, 2015.

For all nonprofits serving the town of Southborough, please note that the Southborough Community Fund is accepting grant applications through September 11, 2015.

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