Monthly Newsletter
February 2015
IMPACT
Be Inspired. Join Us Thursday, May 7, 2015.
Nini Meyer
The Foundation for MetroWest is delighted to host keynote speaker Nini  Meyer, the energetic founder and president of Positive Tracks at our annual Spring Inspiration Breakfast on May 7, 2015 at the Wellesley Country Club.

Nini will share her personal story of her family's tradition of philanthropy as inspired by the deep generosity of her grandmother. Her message will also highlight the inspiration behind her innovative, national organization that empowers the next generation to "get active and give back" using the power of sport.

We will also be honoring Wellesley resident Ashley Kaye Bernon with the Young Philanthropist Award for her spirit of volunteerism and philanthropic engagement in a wide-range of local charitable causes.

Be Inspired. Join Us.  Click Here for sponsorship information and contact Amy Axelrod , Director of Institutional Advancement, to be a part of this exceptional event. Individuals tickets will be available March 11, 2015.
YOUTH IN PHILANTHROPY
Students Award Youth Development Grants
Natick Program Presents a Grant to HMEA
Each year, with your support, almost $60,000 is awarded to local organizations that serve youth through our Youth in Philanthropy program.  Recently, three programs successfully completed thei r curriculum and hosted their honorary grant celebrations.

The students worked diligently over the past few months to learn about philanthropy, local community needs, and the nonprofits that address those needs.  The end result - $25,500 awarded to seven local nonprofits - Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley, Open Table, Wildflower Camp Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central MA, Buddy Dog Humane Society, Rediscovery at JRI, and Horace Mann Educational Associates.

"HMEA is so appreciative of the hard work and time the Youth In Philanthropy participants put forth. This grant will allow HMEA to offer more direct services to children on the autism spectrum." - VP Development & Public Relations, Doug MacPherson.

For more information about Youth in Philanthropy contact Jennifer Ubaldino , our Program Officer. Or donate online to the MetroWest Fund for Youth Development. Thank you!

STRENGTHENING OUR COMMUNITY
Plugged In Teen Band Program
Plugged In Students
Plugged In, based in Needham, is a nonprofit that  offers young musicians something they don't often find - an opportunity to connect with other teenage musicians, a place to gain self confidence, and a way to turn their passion for music into philanthropic impact.

They are also a wonderful example of an organization that continually seeks to broaden their visibility and build their capacity. By partnering with us and taking advantage of our Center for Philanthropy Education nonprofit seminars, resources, and regional competitive grant program, Plugged In is discovering new and better ways to reach sustainability.

In 2014 the Foundation awarded Plugged In a grant to hire campaign consultants with the intent of raising money to secure a stable, long-term location. We are pleased to report Plugged In was able to move in to  their new building this past April. This pivotal move  has allowed Plugged In to expand their programs, increase student enrollment, reduce expenses, and make a bigger impact on youth and our community.  This year, we were able to award additional funding that will help them plan and execute fundraising events, enhance online fundraising efforts, and develop a corporate sponsorship program.

Check out their website for upcoming philanthropy-based programs including Music That Matters Summer Day Camp, and help us s upport local nonprofits like Plugged In by making a donation to the MetroWest Fund for Arts & Culture . Thank you!
TOWN FUNDS
Town Fund Competitive Grant Programs
The Foundation for MetroWest is now accepting proposals for the Community Endowment of Lexington  and The Fund for Wellesley  Competitive Grant Programs. If you are a nonprofit or town department serving the Lexington or Wellesley community we encourage you to consider this opportunity.

GRANT CATEGORY

DEADLINE

APPLICATION

COMMUNITY
ENDOWMENT OF LEXINGTON


 
MARCH 19, 2015

CLICK HERE FOR SELECTION CRITERIA, ELIGIBILITY AND APPLICATION


THE FUND FOR 
 
WELLESLEY


 
MARCH 19, 2015

CLICK HERE FOR SELECTION CRITERIA, ELIGIBILITY AND APPLICATION


CLICK HERE  to learn about all of our competitive grant opportunities.  Grant questions can be directed to  Mary Crowley , Director of Programs and Operations.
CENTER FOR PHILANTHROPY EDUCATION
Upcoming Events
CPE ANNUAL REPORT SEMINAR
Nonprofits learn and engage at each seminar

Email Marketing: Mini Boot Camp - 

March 4  [REGISTER NOW]
Be guided through the first steps of creating an email marketing piece - from choosing a template, to changing fonts and colors, to uploading photos, links, and videos. It is strongly suggested that attendees bring a laptop and have access to a Constant Contact account or a free trial account.

Meet the Foundation Staff Open House - March 26   [REGISTER NOW]
With over 600 nonprofits in the region, it can be a challenge to get out to meet all of you. Join us for a cup of coffee and tell us a little more about your work. We will share our latest initiatives and impact. Space is limited and you must register to attend.

WEBINAR: How to Find Capacity and Performance - April 8   [REGISTER NOW]
Great organizations will follow strategic planning with restructuring of the organization to match their new strategy. This webinar is designed for senior leaders with direct staff reports that are interested in boosting performance through staffing capacity.

Thank you to our donors and the Middlesex Savings Bank Charitable Foundation for supporting the Center for Philanthropy Education. MetroWest nonprofit staff, volunteers, board and committee members are welcome to attend.

MEET OUR STAFF
Welcome Kristy Wasilewski Our New Philanthropy Associate
Kristy Wasilewski, Philanthropy Associate

Kristy joined the Foundation in December as our new Philanthropy Associate. She plays a major role with our fundraising activities, events, operations, office administration, and donor stewardship.

 

A graduate of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, she holds a BA in English and Communications. She previously worked at Worcester Polytechnic Institute as a Donor Relations Coordinator. In her spare time, Kristy puts her love for cats and crafts to good use by volunteering with the Worcester Animal Rescue League as co-chair of its fundraising gala and member of its development committee. Say hello to Kristy at 508.647.2260 or via email at kwasilewski@foundationformetrowest.org.

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