Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund

This fall, in partnership with the Medfield Foundation, Inc. (MFi) we are establishing our newest Town Fund: the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund. MFi, as its own 501(c)(3) already has a history of philanthropy and fundraising in  the community. As a community foundation, MFi has worked with many organizations and individuals in Medfield to raise over $1.8 million dollars that has been directed back to the town since MFi’s inception in 2001. Now, the goal is to create a permanent endowment with the Foundation for MetroWest that can be utilized to support community-driven projects in Medfield, ensure a strong and vibrant community and be responsive to diverse needs and voices into the future.

The Community Board for the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund is comprised of board members of the Medfield Foundation:

Evan Weisenfeld, President
Abby Marble, Treasurer  
Leanne LaBelle, Clerk
Osler (Pete) Peterson 
Jan Rimmel 
Dorrian Fragola 
Bonnie Wren-Burgess 
Todd Trehubenko 
John Byrne 
Adam Graber

Founders

Michael and Leanne LaBelle
Abby and Jeffrey Marble 
Stephen and Marianne Phillips
Todd Trehubenko and Georgianna Oliver
The Weisenfeld Family
Bonnie Wren-Burgess, Ashford and Isobel Burgess

Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund FAQ’s

The fund is being established as an endowed Fund at the Foundation for MetroWest in order to provide a permanent resource for grant-making in Medfield. Once the fund is established, the MFi Board will accept proposals through an open grant application process. The Fund will welcome applications from private and public organizations with ideas for innovative programs and projects to benefit Medfield residents. All applications will be reviewed fairly and competitively by the MFi Board.

As an endowed fund, the principal will remain as a permanent asset for Medfield’s benefit into the future. Each year, spending will be limited to a fixed percentage of the fund, leaving the rest to continue to build for years to come. Distributions keep pace with new and emerging needs, and will be targeted to address social, cultural, environmental and educational issues confronting the Town and its residents. The endowment will be professionally invested by the Foundation for MetroWest.

As we build the new fund, we will continue to seek to understand current challenges in Medfield as well as trends towards the future.  Some ways that we envision today that the MFi Legacy Fund can support the community for the future include but are not limited to:

Keeping youth engaged within the community 
Ensuring that senior citizens remain active in town life 
Fostering a strong sense of community among all residents
Extending the rich cultural offerings of our town to every resident
Encouraging generosity, tolerance and an appreciation of diversity
Preserving and enhancing our natural resources
Maintaining the character of the community 
Improving access to needed resources and services
Anticipating and addressing unforeseen major issues facing our town in the future

You may donate by check, credit card, stock, mutual fund or real estate gift, or through a donor-advised fund or private foundation. The Foundation for MetroWest staff can work with you and your financial advisor to review various planned giving options. Gifts may qualify for charitable donation tax benefits. Consult your tax advisor.

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