Southborough Community Fund

Established in 2014 by local residents, the Southborough Community Fund (SCF) promotes a spirit of philanthropic giving to help enhance the quality of life for all Southborough residents. As a fund of the Foundation for MetroWest, the SCF is a source of funding to support community needs and opportunities in the areas of Human Services, Arts & Culture, Environment, and Community Building, and provides ways for residents to make an immediate impact in their community. The SCF, with the leadership, expertise and support of the Foundation, will provide a source of funding exclusively for the town of Southborough.

It is the Community Board's goal to fund projects that bring innovative thinking to big issues and small ones - for the benefit of Southborough. View the 2019 RFP. See which organizations the Southborough Community Fund has granted to in the past here.  

Support the Southborough Community Fund


Mail a check:Please make check payable to Foundation for MetroWest and notate Southborough Community Fund on the memo line

Southborough Community Fund
c/o Foundation for MetroWest
3 Eliot St.
Natick, MA 01760

Southborough Community Board

A group of local Southborough residents form the SCF Community Board. These local residents represent different demographics of our town, and together raise the funds for grantmaking in Southborough and decide on the most impactful grants for our community.

Tom recently moved into a Senior Advisor role at Battery Ventures after serving twelve years as Managing Partner responsible for overseeing all investment and operational aspects of the venture capital partnership. He has served as a board member for dozens of companies in the communications, software and ecommerce sectors. Active in the nonprofit sector, Tom is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for MetroWest, co-founded Hub Financial Charities after 9-11, serves as Board Chair of Grassroot Soccer, and is a Trustee of St. Mark’s School. Tom, his wife Shari and their two children have resided in Southborough for over 21 years.
A former executive in sales, Andrew attended Boston College and graduated from Bentley College with a Bachelor of Art’s Degree in Accounting. He joined the real estate industry in 1990, where he has developed a reputation for providing outstanding customer service almost exclusively working by personal referrals from past clients. In September 2004, Andrew parlayed his entrepreneurial spirit and enthusiasm for the business by forming his own real estate company, Andrew Abu REALTORS. Andrew maintains top five status consistently in our county, but he measures his success by the trust and confidence that his clients place in his company. Andrew is involved with his community as follows:

Andrew is currently a Board of Visitors Member at Worcester Academy and Fay School.  In addition, he is a Corporator at Avidia Bank and a Director of the Central Massachusetts Association of Realtors.  Andrew has lived in Southborough for the last 12 years with his wife Jane and three college age children.

Betsy has years of experience with nonprofit and philanthropic organizations as well as educational institutions in Southborough and Worcester. She is involved presently with the Southborough Gardeners, the Worcester Art Museum and the Red Cross of Central MA. She actively supports her family businesses, Polar Beverages and Wachusett Mountain Ski Area. Betsy is a 27 year resident of Southborough where she lives with her husband Chris and has raised three daughters.

John recently retired from the investment firm, The Capital Group/ American Funds after twenty-two years of service. Most recently, he served as their Board of Director and Executive Vice President of Global Distribution helping to build it’s non-US based distribution capabilities.

Throughout his career, John has been involved with numerous nonprofit organizations and educational institutions. He currently sits on the Board of The Foundation for Financial Planning where he is also Chair of The Grants Committee. He is a member of the Advisory Board and frequent guest lecturer at The University of Connecticut Business School’s Professional Sales Leadership Program. Lastly, he is President of his family’s own foundation, The John and Sally Fodor Family Foundation. John and his wife, Sally and their two daughters have resided in Southborough for twenty years.

Noreen is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School and is a Clinical Psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she specializes in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of mood and weight disorders, with a particular focus on bipolar disorder. Actively involved in research, she has co-authored numerous books and scientific articles and was a co-founder and Vice President of Concordant Rater Systems, a pharmaceutical consulting firm, which was successfully sold in 2010. She earned her undergraduate degree at University of Pennsylvania and her doctoral degree at Temple University. For the past 14 years, she has resided in Southborough with her husband and 3 sons and has embraced an active role in the community, currently serving on the Board of Trustees for the Fay School. In the past, she has volunteered on the Fireball Committee for the Southborough Fire Department, has assisted in fundraising for the University of Massachusetts’ Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, and has served on the board of Southborough Kindergroup.
Cathy currently heads the Southborough Organization of Schools and volunteers with the Senior Center and Meals on Wheels. She managed the second floor of the Boston Lord and Taylor store before moving to Southborough. Additionally, she has worked with Kindergroup, Smiling Kids, Saint Matthews Church and Southborough Youth Soccer.

Beth is the founder of Solstice Advisory, a marketing and positioning consulting practice in New England. She previously worked as senior vice president of the Plan Sponsor Network (PSN), and was an investment manager research platform at Informa Investment Solutions.

Beth and her husband David are members of the UMass Medicine Development Council and co-chairs of the UMass Medicine Winter Ball held each December. Additionally, they are members of the US Fund for UNICEF's Family & Philanthropy Committee. Beth is a member of the Women's Executive Council at Dana-Farber. Beth and her husband David live in Southborough with their three children.

Tim is the Senior Vice President of Griffin Industrial, LLC, which is the real estate operating subsidiary of Griffin Industrial Realty, Inc., a publicly traded company (GRIF). His responsibilities include business development, transaction management (leasing, acquisitions & dispositions), land approvals & development, and executive oversight of the company's management and construction operations. Tim's industry background includes over 25 years of experience in real estate development, management and brokerage. Prior to joining Griffin Industrial, he was a partner at The Codman Company, and prior to that he was with CB Commercial (now CB Richard Ellis).

Robin has been a Southborough resident for the last 14 years and resides on Main Street with her husband and three children. She is an active member of the community and was a founding member of Southborough Summer Nights, a 10 year tradition of bring families together for a night of free entertainment and community building. Additionally, she has served as a Recreation Commissioner and Miracle Kitchen coordinator. Robin also started her own company and is an executive coach and organizational effectiveness specialist with more than 20 years of experience helping companies attain results through increased employee performance. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Hofstra University and a Master’s Degree in Education from Boston University.

Marybeth has been actively involved with many organizations in the community including Our Father’s Table, St. Matthew’s Church, and Southborough SOS. She has served as an elected member of the Southborough School Committee since 2003, with several years as chairperson. She is a member of their budget, collective bargaining, and policy subcommittees. After many years in product management & implementation for financial software, she is currently involved in business operations consulting for small companies. She holds a BA in Mathematics and Economics from Nazareth College of Rochester. Marybeth has been a resident of Southborough since 1996 with her husband Gary & their 3 children.