Professional Development Workshops

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.

The Art of Grant Research
Presenter: Georganna Woods and Kelton Artuso, AGM
Date & Time: Thursday, March 29,  10:00 -12:30 p.m.
Location: Framingham Public Library, McAuliffe Branch, 746 Water Street, Framingham
Sponsor: Foundation for MetroWest

Beyond Fundraising: Board Members as Mission and Organization Ambassadors
Presenter: Lisa Cohen, Capital Motion
Date & Time: Tuesday, April 3,  10:00 -11:30 a.m.
Location: Goodnow Library, Community Room, 21 Concord Road, Sudbury
Sponsor: Foundation for MetroWest

Grantwriting Roadmap
Presenter: Sunny Stich, Sunny Stich Consulting
Date & Time: Thursday, April 5,  10:00 -11:30 a.m.
Location: Morse Institute Library, Lebowitz Meeting Hall, 14 E. Central Street, Natick
Sponsor: Foundation for MetroWest

The High Performance Model is the Key to Successful 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

Overcoming the Fear of the Ask
Presenter: Chuck Gordon, The New Kensington Group
Date & Time: Wednesday, April 11,  8:30-10:00 a.m.
Location: Lexington Community Center
Sponsor: Foundation for MetroWest

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

Perfecting Your Solicitation Skills
Presenter: Chuck Gordon, The New Kensington Group
Date & Time: Thursday, May 24,  8:30-10:00 a.m.
Location: Lexington Community Center
Sponsor: Foundation for MetroWest

Updated  on March 21, 2018

Sudbury Nonprofits Get Together

Representatives from more than 20 nonprofit organizations and community groups in Sudbury got together on April 4 for coffee and conversation at the Sudbury Foundation.

The group has been meeting at the Grange Hall twice a year since 2013 to network, share their good work, and consider how to strengthen their activities through collaboration. Sudbury nonprofits and community groups provide a wide variety of programs and services, many of them at no charge, that benefit residents and others of all ages. Activities range from arts and cultural events to human service supports to environmental and historic preservation.

The focus of this meeting was on volunteerism in anticipation of National Volunteer Week, April 15 through April 2. Most meeting participants rely heavily on local volunteers to support and run their programs.

Sudbury groups who wish to participate in future get-togethers should email their contact information to

Photo caption:

Seated from left: Ellen Gitelman, Sudbury Cultural Council; Tom McGowan, Sudbury Community Food Pantry; Marilyn Ellsworth, Gifts of Hope Unlimited/Sudbury League of Women Voters/Sudbury Garden Club/Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable; Diana Cebra, Sudbury Historical Society (SHS); Alice Levine, Friends of Goodnow Library; Bethany Shaw, Sudbury Art Assn.

Standing from left: Marilyn Martino, Sudbury Foundation; Bethany Hadvab, Sudbury Town Social Worker; Marie Royea, Sudbury Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)/Thursday Garden Club/Sustainable Sudbury; Sarah Cavicchi, Bridges Together; Susan Brown, SMILE Mass.; Charles Dunn, Northern Bank-Sudbury; Suzy Kornblum, Sudbury Extended Day; Christine Faucher, Sudbury Art Assn.; Cindy Hall Koure, Wayside Inn; Lynn Faust, Marlboro CDC; Susan Pettit, Friends of Goodnow Library; Neela de Zoysa, Friends of the Assabet River National Wildlife Reserve; Stewart Hoover, SHS; Ursula Lyons, Sudbury Villagers/Hop Brook Protection Assn., and Tricia Brunner, Sudbury Foundation.

Not pictured: Sally Hild, SHS; Kim Prendergast, MetroWest Free Medical Program, and Kathy Arpano, Northern Bank-Acton.

Posted on May 2, 2018

Sudbury Nonprofit Coffee

Please join us for Coffee & Conversation!
Sudbury-based Nonprofits & Community Groups:
Let’s meet, chat and support each other for the good of our community. 
DATE:     Wednesday, April 4, 2018
TIME:     9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
PLACE:   The Grange Hall, 326 Concord Road, Sudbury
Please feel free to pass this invitation along to others in your organization or to other Sudbury nonprofits and community groups. New participants are always welcome. Please bring your organization’s promotional information to share with the group. 
RSVP by April 2 to or call 978.443.0849.


Posted on March 21, 2018

SERF College Fair 3/17/18

In addition to hosting reps from various colleges, SERF has invited a number of interesting speakers who will address topics ranging from “Conquering the College Essay” to “Navigating the College Search Process for Students with Learning Differences.” Worth checking out.

Information Session 2/8/18

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

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


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

Sudbury Winter Coat Drive

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

Posted on October 25, 2017

Sept. is Hunger Action Month

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

Surviving & Thriving in Difficult Times 10/5/17

Recent political shifts in Washington have many wondering what the future of government funding of health and social services may look like in the months ahead.

As funders and organizations concerned about the long-term health of the region and its residents, we believe it is important that local health and social service providers begin to plan for the potential impact that these changes may have on your organization and the people you serve. To this end, we have come together with other MetroWest Area funders to jointly sponsor a special one-day seminar entitled, SURVIVING AND THRIVING IN DIFFICULT TIMES.

The purpose of this seminar is to bring agencies together to hear how those in business and industry plan for these kinds of public policy and funding shifts. This seminar will be led by Dr. Michael Cummings, Senior Lecturer in Management at Babson College. Dr. Cummings has experience across several industries including manufacturing and healthcare. His research interests are in public policy and organizational performance and survival.

The workshop is limited to 40 participants and will be held on Thursday, October 5th from 8:30am-3:30pm at the Babson Executive Conference Center.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP online. If you have questions about this seminar, please contact Rebecca Gallo.

Thanks to the MetroWest Health Foundation, Middlesex Savings Bank Charitable Foundation, Foundation for MetroWest and MetroWest Nonprofit Network for joining us in bringing this workshop to MetroWest nonprofits.

Posted on September 19, 2017.