Monthly Newsletter                                                                                                  December 2014

We've Reached A $10 Million Grantmaking Milestone
The Foundation is Making a Difference
The Foundation for MetroWest was established in 1995 with a simple philosophy: You can make a world of difference in your own backyard...  It's about making lives better.  It's about making giving easier.  It's about MetroWest.  As we enter our 20th anniversary year, we are proud to announce we have granted $10 million since our inception, throughout MetroWest and beyond.
Thank you for helping us make a difference.  You can continue to help us make a difference by supporting our Holiday Appeal.  To learn more about our impact visit our website or call 508-647-2260.
Foundation Awards $275,000
Competitive Grant Program
The Foundation for MetroWest awarded grants totaling $275,000 to thirty-eight 
nonprofits serving MetroWest on Monday night.  Recipients will use the funding to strengthen the region by supporting a variety of activities, including job creation and workforce development, recreational programs for individuals with developmental disabilities, language and literacy programs, low-cost mediation assistance, support and resources for the elderly and victims of domestic abuse, theater and orchestra performances, and environment preservation training.  Our 2015 grant schedule and applications will be available soon.
Southborough Community Fund Awards $30,000
Inaugural Grant Event
The Southborough Community Fund (SCF), a town fund of the Foundation for MetroWest, awarded its inaugural grants totaling $30,000 to ten nonprofits serving Southborough in the areas of Family Support, Arts & Culture and Environment.  SCF was established in 2014 by local residents wanting to build resources to strengthen their community. Prior to the SCF, Southborough did not have a dedicated source of funding to assist nonprofit organizations that work diligently to preserve and improve the quality of life for all Southborough residents.  To join SCF's efforts or to discuss establishing a town fund, contact Amy Axelrod, Director of Institutional Advancement.
Make A Difference In Your Backyard...

 You Can Help Your Neighbors

"Philanthropy, to us, means helping those who are struggling.  Often philanthropy is focused on urban areas and well-known programs. Although all are important - it's easy to lose sight of the fact that there are many people in our own backyard who need our help. 


"That's why when we discovered Foundation for MetroWest, we wanted to be part of it. The information, education and expertise of the staff at the Foundation make us feel more confident about our giving decisions.  You can make a difference. Please consider a gift to the Foundation's Holiday Appeal today."
- Leslie George & Andy Ross, fund holders
Leave Your Legacy
Today's Gift Will Impact Tomorrow
More than 80 percent of Americans contribute to nonprofits of their choice throughout their lifetimes.  But according to research, only 7 - 8% of people chose to continue that support through a charitable bequest.  Imagine the immeasurable impact we would create if we all remembered a local nonprofit or cause in our will.  
Contact Amy Axelrod, Director of Institutional Advancement, to discuss how you can become a member of our MetroWest Legacy Society.


Strengthening Our Community
2015 Calendar Coming Soon
By strengthening our nonprofits through our capacity building program, we strengthen MetroWest.  Nonprofit staff and community leaders are welcome to join us for our monthly Center for Philanthropy Education workshops.
We are currently coordinating our 2015 schedule of informative and interesting topics to include marketing strategy, strategic planning, fundraising, annual reports, membership retention and more.  Periodically check our website and read our upcoming newsletters for new dates and information.

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