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Information Session 2/8/18

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018
 
Please Join Us
to learn more about our Spring 2018 
Children, Youth & Families
Capacity Building Grant Program
 
Thursday, February 8, 2018
9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
326 Concord Road
Sudbury, MA 01776
Kindly RSVP by February 5
 

Posted on January 9, 2018

Elevating Early Education

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Good Question: Why are Our Most Important Teachers Paid the Least?

This New York Times Magazine article highlights the issues preventing us from providing pre-schoolers with the support and education they need to get started in life. It’s worth reading because we need to figure this out. 

Posted on January 9, 2018

 

 

 

2017 Grant Awards

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

 

We are pleased to support the good work of more than 40 local nonprofits who received our funding in 2017. They are not waiting a single moment to improve the world. Their efforts make life better for us all.

Sudbury Program Grants

Advocates, Inc., Framingham, MA, $20,300
To pilot a jail diversion program partnership in the towns of Sudbury and Hudson.

Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, Sudbury, MA, $7,500
Faculty stipends to pilot the Hub for Innovation, an innovative learning model for students and staff.

MetroWest Free Medical Program, Sudbury, MA, $1,200
To purchase equipment to create an additional exam room at the agency’s Sudbury location.

Organization for the Assabet, Sudbury & Concord Rivers, Concord, MA, $5,000
To create a report card on the health status of the Assabet, Sudbury and Concord rivers.

Sudbury United Methodist Church, Sudbury, MA, $25,000
In support of a capital campaign.

SWEET, Inc., Sudbury, MA, $545
A series of projects to help eradicate invasive species in Sudbury.

Town of Sudbury/Goodnow Library, Sudbury, MA, $31,250
To purchase equipment and provide staff training as part of an extensive renovation to the Library’s second floor.

Town of Sudbury/Health Department, Sudbury, MA, $1,650
To pilot the Budget Buddies financial literacy training.

Town of Sudbury/Health Department, Sudbury, MA, $17,000
To support a Hazardous Waste Collection Day.

Town of Sudbury/Council on Aging, Sudbury, MA, $15,000
To conduct a needs assessment of Sudbury’s Senior population.

Children, Youth & Families Program Grants

ACCEPT Education Collaborative, Natick, MA, $19,200
For a marketing/communications consultation.

Bethany Hill Place, Framingham, MA, $5,000
For a strategic planning consultation.

Birthday Wishes, Newton, MA, $5,000
For a fund development consultation.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central MA/MetroWest, Worcester, MA, $25,000
For a branding consultation.

Doc Wayne Youth Services, Boston, MA, $25,000
For a program evaluation consultation.

Family Promise Metrowest, Natick, MA, $10,000
For a strategic planning consultation.

Hoops and Homework, Framingham, MA, $16,500
For board development and strategic planning consultations.

Jeff’s Place, Framingham, MA, $20,500
For a board development consultation.

Jewish Family Service of Metrowest, Framingham, MA, $8,500
For a board development consultation.

MetroWest College Planning Center, Framingham, MA, $22,000
For business planning consultation.

Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, Wakefield, MA, $5,000
For a strategic planning consultation.

One Can Help, Newton, MA, $4,250
For a fund development consultation.

OUT MetroWest, Framingham, MA, $18,500
For a strategic planning consultation.

Partnerships for a Skilled Workforce, Marlborough, MA, $25,000
For a fund development consultation.

REACH Beyond Domestic Violence, Waltham, MA, $7,470
For board and staff social justice training.

SPARK Kindness, Natick, MA, $24,000
For a fund development consultation.

Taly Foundation, Framingham, MA, $20,000
For a brand and marketing consultation.

The Discovery Museums, Acton, MA, $4,000
For staff training.

Thrive Support and Advocacy, Marlborough, MA, $10,950
For a strategic planning consultation.

Wildflower, Inc., Lexington, MA, $10,950
For fund development support.

Wayside Youth & Family Support Network, Framingham, MA, $9,665
For staff development.

CY&F Invitation & Discretionary Grants:
Boys and Girls Clubs of MetroWest, Marlborough, MA, $100,000
For general support.

John Andrew Mazie Memorial Foundation, Worcester, MA, $25,000
For general support.

Framingham Police Department, Framingham, MA. $25,000
To support a community-wide opioid prevention initiative.

Lovelane Special Needs Horseback Riding Program, Lincoln, MA, $18,200
To strategize and pilot a new way of managing herd transition.

MetroWest Legal Services, Framingham, MA, $25,000
To provide legal representation to undocumented immigrant youth in Framingham.

Farm & Local Food Initiative Grants

Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture, S. Deerfield, MA, $25,000
For general support.

Conservation Law Foundation, Boston, MA, $100,000 over three years
General support for the work of the Legal Food Hub in Massachusetts.

Franklin County CDC/Fiscal Agent for MA Food System Collaborative, Greenfield, MA, $25,000
General support for the Collaborative to implement the MA Local Food Action Plan.

Gaining Ground, Concord, MA, $25,000
To complete the transition to a no-till farm.

Mass. Department of Transitional Assistance, Boston, MA, $25,000
To support a state level evaluation of the Healthy Incentives Project, which provides SNAP households with greater access to fresh, healthy food.

Mill City Grows, Lowell, MA, $25,000
For general support.

Third Sector N.E./Fiscal Agent for New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, Lowell, MA, $25,000
For general support.

Third Sector N.E./Fiscal Agent for The Carrot Project, Boston, MA, $100,000 over three years
For general support.

Posted on December 20, 2017

Professional Development Workshops

Sunday, December 17th, 2017

Treat yourself and your staff to an upcoming professional development workshop. They’re a great way to recharge, learn new skills and connect with colleagues.

Securing New Donors & Dollars with Limited Time
Presenter: Robin Cabral, Development Consulting Solutions
Date & Time: Wednesday, January 10, 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Location: Wellesley Library
Sponsor: Foundation for MetroWest

Optimizing Your Board with Skills, Talent & Passion
Presenter: Lisa Cohen, Capital Motion
Date & Time: Tuesday, January 23,  10:00-11:30 a.m.
Location: Framingham Public Library, McAuliffe Branch
Sponsor: Foundation for MetroWest

A Beginners Guide to Grassroots Events
Presenter: Karin Turer, Tugboat 23 Consulting 
Date & Time: Thursday, February 1,  9:30-11:00 a.m.
Location: Lexington Community Center
Sponsor: Foundation for MetroWest

Women: A Fundraising Force to be Reckoned With
Presenter: Abbie Von Schlegell
Date & Time: Tuesday, February 13,  1:30-3:30 p.m.
Location: Cary Memorial Library, Lexington
Sponsor: Nonprofit Net

Massachusetts Pay Equity Law: Is Your Nonprofit Ready?
Presenter: Hillary Massey, Seyfarth Shaw
Date & Time: Thursday, February 15,  10:00-11:30 a.m.
Location: Foundation for MetroWest office, 3 Eliot Street, Natick
Sponsor: Foundation for MetroWest

Lobbying, Advocacy & Political Activities for 501(c)(3)
Presenter: Teresa M. Santalucia, Klein Hornig LLP
Date & Time: Tuesday, March 6,  9:00-10:30 a.m.
Location: TBA
Sponsor: Foundation for MetroWest

Financial Responsibility of the Board & How to Read Non-Profit Financial Statements
Presenter: Matthew Troiano, CPA & Thomas Muldoon, CPA, CGMA of AAFCPAs
Date & Time: Friday, March 9,  9:00-10:30 a.m.
Location: Whitney Place, Three Vision Drive, Route 9 West, Natick
Sponsor: Foundation for MetroWest

Meet the Funders
Presenter: Joyce Vyriotis – Cummings Foundation, Kimberly Blakemore – Foundation for Metrowest
Date & Time: Wednesday, March 14,  9:30-11:30 a.m.
Location: Cary Memorial Library, Lexington
Sponsor: Nonprofit Net

Achieving High Performance: A New Take on Strategic Planning
Presenter: Larry Chait, Chait Associates
Date & Time: Wednesday, April 11, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Location: Cary Memorial Library, Lexington
Sponsor: Nonprofit Net

Is Your Programming Effective? How to Evaluate & Report on your Organization’s Work
Presenter: To come
Date & Time: Tuesday, May 8, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Location: Cary Memorial Library, Lexington
Sponsor: Nonprofit Net

Updated  on January 9, 2018

Sudbury Winter Coat Drive

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Now through November 13th. Sponsored by the Sudbury Health Department.

Posted on October 25, 2017

Sept. is Hunger Action Month

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Children and adults face hunger in every community across the country. Your neighbor, child’s classmate or even coworker may be struggling to get enough to eat.

Every day, they are faced with some tough choices. Should I buy food or medicine? Buy food or pay my rent? Buy food or repair my car so I can get work?

Food pantries are doing great work in our communities, providing a valuable resource and safety net for these individuals and families. Are there ways your nonprofit can promote, support and work together with local pantries to serve your constituents?

For your reference, here’s a list of Local Food Pantries.  Why not get in touch?

Posted on September 20, 2017

The Most Patriotic Zip Code in the Nation

Monday, July 10th, 2017

WCVB Channel 5’s Chronicle did a great profile of Sudbury for its July 5, 2017 episode.

Among the many highlights: Longfellow’s Wayside Inn, the Sudbury Historical Society, Sudbury’s Ancient Fyfe and Drum Company, and Sudbury Valley Trustees – all Foundation grant recipients. Also featured: Town Manager Melissa Murphy-Rodrigues, Duck Soup, Protect Sudbury, Laurel Grove, Cavicchio Greenhouses, Dotti Bisson and Nobscot Boy Scout Reservation.

We also loved seeing our home at the Grange Hall in Sudbury Town Center show up in a variety of clips.

Missed the show? It’s worth taking a look: http://www.wcvb.com/article/chronicle-sudbury-01776/10268541

Posted on July 11, 2017

 

 

 

Mentoring Matters

Monday, June 26th, 2017

Mentoring — whether formal or informal — is a powerful tool to keep young people on the right track, particularly kids who are disconnected from their community.

Highlights and insights from the 2015 report The Mentoring Effect: Young People’s Perspectives on the Outcomes and Availability of Mentoring, are worth repeating.

Youth with mentors are more likely to report positive behaviors and less likely to report negative ones.

  • At-risk young adults who had a mentor are more likely to aspire to enroll in and graduate from college than those who did not have a mentor (76 percent versus 56 percent).
  • At-risk young adults who had a mentor are more likely to be enrolled in college than those who did not have a mentor (45 percent versus 29 percent).
  • At-risk young adults who had a mentor are more likely to report participating regularly in sports or extracurricular activities than those who did not have a mentor (67 percent versus 37 percent).
  • At-risk young adults who had a mentor are more likely to hold a leadership position in a club, sports team, school council, or another group than those who did not have a mentor (51 percent versus 22).
  • At-risk young adults who had a mentor are more likely to volunteer regularly in their communities than those who did not have a mentor (48 percent versus 27).

Young people believe mentoring provides them with support and guidance to lead productive lives.

  • Youth report that formal mentoring programs provide a variety of benefits, and most commonly offer that they receive advice about school, get help with school issues and/or schoolwork. They also make reference to receiving help to address life problems, assistance in getting a job, choosing a career and getting into college – though these benefits were less commonly reported.
  • Youth in informal mentoring relationships commonly offer that their mentors provided developmental, more than academic, support. These mentors conveyed advice and encouragement to help them make good decisions, taught young adults how to make the right decisions and follow the right path and become motivated.
  • Nearly nine in ten respondents who were mentored report they are interested in becoming mentors. In addition to confirming the value of mentoring, this desire to become a mentor also strengthens the earlier finding that mentoring is linked with higher rates of leadership and volunteering and offers a pool of future mentors to be activated.

The field of mentoring has grown significantly but a mentoring gap exists.

  • One in three young people overall (34 percent) and even more at-risk youth (37 percent) report they never had an adult mentor of any kind (naturally occurring or structured) while they were growing up.
  • Nationwide, that means today approximately 16 million youth, including 9 million at-risk youth, will reach age 19 without ever having a mentor.
  • Youth who struggled with attendance, behavior, and course performance are 10 percentage points less likely to have an informal mentor than those without these risks (57 percent versus 67 percent). Four in five (79 percent) youth with these off-track indicators do not have a structured mentor.
  • On a positive note, an estimated 4.5 million at-risk young people will have a structured mentoring relationship while growing up.

Locally, there are lots of mentoring opportunities – both formal and informal – that support at-risk youth. But are there enough? Probably not. Is your agency doing it all can to foster meaningful relationships between youth and caring adults? January is National Mentoring Month, a good time assess programs and services through a mentoring lens.

Mentoring Resources:

The Power of a Mentor to Change a Young Life

Mass Mentoring Partnership
http://www.massmentors.org/

Mentoring: National Mentoring Partnership
http://www.mentoring.org/

The Search Institute
http://www.search-institute.org/content/what-kids-need

Updated June 26, 2017

New Grant Awards

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Children, Youth and Families (CY&F) Program Grants

ACCEPT Education Collaborative, Natick, MA, $19,200
For a marketing/communications consultation.

Bethany Hill Place, Framingham, MA, $5,000
For a strategic planning consultation.

Doc Wayne Youth Services, Boston, MA, $25,000
For a program evaluation consultation.

Family Promise Metrowest, Natick, MA, $10,000
For a strategic planning consultation.

Hoops and Homework, Framingham, MA, $16,500
For board develop and strategic planning consultations.

Jeff’s Place, Framingham, MA, $20,500
For a board development consultation.

Jewish Family Service of Metrowest, Framingham, MA, $8,500
For a board development consultation.

Wayside Youth & Family Support Network, Framingham, MA, $9,665
For staff development.

CY&F Invitation & Discretionary Grants:
Lovelane Special Needs Horseback Riding Program, Lincoln, MA, $18,200
To strategize and pilot a new way of managing herd transition.

MetroWest Legal Services, Framingham, MA, $25,000
To provide legal representation to 30-40 undocumented immigrant youth in Framingham schools to assist them in applying for and obtaining legal status and to conduct “Know Your Rights” presentations and trainings.

Sudbury Program

Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, Sudbury, MA, $7,500
Faculty stipends to pilot the Hub for Innovation.

Town of Sudbury/Goodnow Library, Sudbury, MA, $31,250
To purchase equipment and provide staff training as part of an extensive renovation to the Library’s second floor.

MetroWest Free Medical Program, Sudbury, MA, $1,200
To purchase equipment to create an additional exam room at the Sudbury location.

Organization for the Assabet, Sudbury & Concord Rivers, Concord, MA, $5,000
To create a report card on the health status of the Assabet, Sudbury and Concord rivers.

Sudbury United Methodist Church, Sudbury, MA, $25,000
In support of a capital campaign.

SWEET, Inc., Sudbury, MA, $545
A series of small projects to help eradicate invasive species in Sudbury.

Sudbury Historical Society, Sudbury, MA, $200,000 matching grant
Toward a capital campaign to renovate the Loring Parsonage to create a Town History Center. 

Farm & Local Food Initiative

Mass. Dept. of Transitional Assistance Healthy Incentives Program (HIP), $25,000
To support a state-level evaluation of the HIP project which enables SNAP participants to use their benefits at farmers markets, farms stands, mobile markets and CSAs.

Franklin County CDC/Fiscal Agent for the  Mass. Food System Collaborative, Greenfield, MA, $25,000
General support for the Collaborative’s work supporting the recommendations of the Mass. Local Food Action Plan.

Conservation Law Foundation/Legal Food Hub, Boston, MA, $100,000 over three years
General support for the Massachusetts work of the Legal Food Hub which provides pro bono legal assistance to farmers and food purveyors.

Community Program

Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education, Boston, MA, $10,000
Honorariam recognizing former trustee Sharon Driscolls’s many years of service to the Foundation.

Posted on June 15, 2017

Working with Consultants

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Brain power

Most of our capacity building grants involve working with a consultant. There’s considerable value from such collaborations including gaining a fresh perspective or specific expertise. It can be especially helpful when previous efforts have stalled or stakeholders have wildly differing points of view.

But there are an equal number of headaches as well — from the resistance of staff or board members who shun interference from outsiders to the considerable added time it takes to bring the consultant up to speed about your organization.

Is it worth it?

Yes… IF you’ve thought it through, planned ahead, allotted enough time, gotten all your stakeholders on board and, most importantly, found the consultant who “gets” your organization and has the temperament to shepherd the project and your agency’s varied personalities through the process.

That’s a lot of “ifs”  – it does make your head spin — but it’s also a realistic view of what you should be thinking about before you jump in and hire a consultant.

One thing is for sure, the consultant doesn’t do all the work. In fact, most times you and your colleagues are the ones doing the deep thinking and heavy lifting. The truth is you’re the ones with the answers. You just don’t know it yet. Consultants facilitate the process and keep you moving forward. They steer you in the right direction and make sure no one is left behind. They help you get to the heart of what you need to do and to recognize how you’re going to get there.

When the stars align, the results of working with a consultant can be quite remarkable.

There’s much more to think and read about here:

Posted on December 21, 2016