Your Community Foundation
The Foundation for MetroWest is a philanthropic organization founded in 1995 with a simple philosophy: You can make a world of difference in your own backyard.
Foundation for MetroWest connects philanthropic opportunity with demonstrated need. We promote philanthropy in the region, help donors maximize the impact of their local giving, serve as a resource for local nonprofit organizations, and improve the quality of life for all of our citizens.
What We Do
We serve as a resource, leader, and catalyst for philanthropy by connecting donors with nonprofits, and nonprofits with each other across the region. Our expertise is valuable not only for those who know where they want to give, but also for the many residents who want to give back to their communities but may not have the time or tools to identify local needs and how to make the greatest community impact.
The Foundation manages philanthropic initiatives for donors and nonprofits, reducing administrative costs while increasing tax advantages. We ensure that gifts go where they will do the most good, now and in the future.
Since inception, we have distributed over $14 million.
For Donors and Fundholders
We are a single source of information about the needs of the community, the organizations that can most effectively meet those needs, and where charitable contributions can have the greatest impact. We have proven expertise, an investment committee with a strong track record, and a wide variety of giving options that can maximize your philanthropic goals.
For Nonprofit Organizations
We provide grants in four key areas – family support, arts and culture, environment, and youth development. We also work closely with nonprofits to build the visibility, connections, and expertise they need to deliver their missions. In addition, we provide monthly capacity-building trainings and seminars free of charge to nonprofit board and staff members.
For Professional Advisors
We consider attorneys, accountants, financial planners, and other professional advisors to be our partners in the charitable giving process. We are a resource for advisors to help their clients understand the many ways they can support the community they love and meet their philanthropic goals. Because we are a local organization with 20 years of community knowledge, we have a unique understanding of our region’s needs and the many ways donors can make an impact. We are well-positioned to ensure that every gift a donor makes is not only the right gift at the right time, but also personal, meaningful, and fulfilling.
For the MetroWest Community
In addition to building a permanent source of philanthropy in the region, we are a convener and catalyst, coordinating resources across communities and among nonprofits to build collaboration, foster shared learning, and reduce redundancies. We play a crucial role in attracting and retaining charitable dollars in the region to create strong, vibrant communities, now and in the future.