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Stories of Impact

You are an integral part of what makes MetroWest a great place to live. Foundation for MetroWest donors, fundholders, Youth in Philanthropy students, and grantees are working together to improve the lives of residents all over the region. We invite you to learn more about the Foundation and our work in the community through these unique and powerful stories. 

  We will be open and ready to assist with your charitable giving questions and inquiries through the end of 2016, and into the New Year. We will be closed December 26, 2016, and January 2, 2017. If you need some giving guidance as 2016 concludes, review our charitable checklist to see how and what you can give.

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The MetroWest region is home to over 650 nonprofit organizations- find one that sparks your interest and donate some of your most precious resources- time, energy, and talent- to a cause you are passionate about!

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The Foundation for MetroWest granted $120,000 to local hunger relief agencies in 2016. This is a 10% increase over 2015 in grant funding... but that was not the only increase this year. The Foundation doubled its support to organizations that primarily identify as farms, a strategic move that aligns the MetroWest Hunger Relief Fund’s focus with a key recommendation outlined in the 2014 MA Local Food Action Plan: increase the production and consumption of Massachusetts-grown foods. We spoke with one farm grantee, Gaining Ground Farm in Concord, about how this grant will impact their work.
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  After I completed the Summer Institute for Youth Leadership (SIYL) in 2015, I knew I wanted to learn even more about philanthropy. An internship at Foundation for MetroWest was calling my name. I applied because I fell in love with the spirit of the Foundation. My summer at the office came with incredible successes, memorable learning moments, and exciting challenges that have shaped my immersion into philanthropy since June. 
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  The Center for the Arts in Natick, fondly known as TCAN, is in the midst of a capital campaign. Their executive director of 12 years, David Lavalley, was kind enough to share his insight into their recent successful Kickstarter campaign, in which they raised over $100,000. This money will fund a renovation of the currently unused second floor of their historic firehouse building into an event space and screening room.
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Presenting and participating at the Youth Philanthropy Connect International Conference in Anaheim this July was an enriching and fun experience for me, not only as a practitioner in youth philanthropy, but also as a parent. I was able to view the conference and the importance of youth philanthropy through a different lens because my ten-year-old daughter, Cara, joined me on this adventure. She participated in the Early Explorers track of the program and learned about philanthropy while engaging with her peers from across the US. While we have discussed what I do for work around the dinner table, this experience gave her a whole new perspective about why it's important to help in your community. She was able to evaluate a grant proposal and, as part of a team, awarded funds to a local organization. She felt empowered, and I, through her enthusiasm, was excited in a new way about philanthropy.  

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Nashua River

School vacation may have started, but it's not too late to help your high schooler plan for a successful summer. Friend of the Foundation and Chief Wealth Advisory Officer for Ballentine Partners, LLC, Covie Edwards-Pitt thinks that one of the best things you can do for your teenager is expect them to find a supper job. Even in a world where there is a litany of enrichment and volunteer experiences available, she argues that summer jobs teach teens three important lessons that they'll carry with them the rest of their lives.

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Nashua River

The Nashua River Watershed Association (NRWA) will be expanding its efforts to address several environmental concerns beginning summer 2015 as part of its project, “Protecting Our Waterways: Aquatic Invasive Surveys and Bacterial Testing in Harvard and the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge,” with funding from the Foundation for MetroWest.Continue Reading


Bob Brack was looking to increase his community involvement, despite his busy schedule, when he got a call from a friend to join the Foundation for MetroWest Board of Trustees.

“At the time, I was very busy, running a company with 12 locations and over 500 employees. I met with the Executive Director and realized that despite my schedule, I could increase my philanthropic involvement in my community by joining the Foundation’s Board.”

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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 after school music program located in Needham for students of all ages, and a Foundation for MetroWest grant recipient.

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We recently concluded the first session of our new Summer Institute for Youth Leadership, and it was huge success! Eleven students from seven different MetroWest towns came to the Foundation's office on Monday, June 30th and Tuesday, July 1st to learn about the importance of becoming actively involved in their own community, discover a keen awareness of their own potential, and develop the skills necessary to become successful leaders.Continue Reading

 

From an early age, Katie McCann’s strong family values helped lead her to the path she is on today. As a freshman at Concord Academy, McCann was involved in Concord Academy’s Student in Action (CASA), where she organized and led community service projects and fundraisers. It was through CASA that she heard about the Foundation for MetroWest Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) program.

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Four Lexington nonprofit organizations were awarded a total of $22,500 at the first Community Endowment of Lexington Grant Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 30, at the Lexington Historical Society.

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Originally from Zimbabwe, Graham Masiiwa has been a Wellesley resident for the past 10 years with his wife and three children. As a Coach at Dana Hall and personal trainer, Graham is well-known and admired by the Wellesley community. He was unable to finish the Boston Marathon in 2013 and was given a second chance this year when...

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"I first heard about the Foundation through their agency endowment funds," said Nancy Fuller, executive director at the Community Therapeutic Day School. "Our organization qualified for a matching gift from the Foundation for MetroWest, and we thought the Foundation was a great place to establish a permanent endowment for our organization."

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After 34 years as an investigative reporter, news anchor, and consumer advocate for WCVB-TV Channel 5, the legendary Susan Wornick recently bid her viewers goodbye as she stepped down from the anchor chair. Susan's legacy and commitment to help young aspiring journalists will live on through the Susan Wornick Journalism Scholarship Fund at the Foundation for MetroWest.

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A mother and her baby. With attendance at The Discovery Museums growing faster than their facility could accommodate, they wanted to utilize the 4.5 acres of museum property to create an outdoor playroom for families to help deepen their connection with nature.Continue Reading
   

Like most teenage boys, Sam Slater loves basebell and hanging out with his friends. Unique to his age, he also has a strong passion for giving back to his community.Continue Reading

Drawing of a sun. Jenny lost her brother Jeff when he was just shy of his 18th birthday. She has experienced bereavement first hand at a young age, and it has affected the rest of her life.Continue Reading