Fall Professional Development

Treat yourself and/or your staff to an upcoming professional development workshop. They are a great way to recharge, learn new skills and connect with peers.

Meet and Greet with SoarMCG
Presenter: Bill Stone, SoarMCG
Date & Time: Wednesday, December 6, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Location: Foundation for MetroWest, 3 Eliot Street, Natick
Sponsor: Foundation for MetroWest

Cybersecurity for Small and Medium-Sized Organizations
Presenter: Tech Networks of Boston
Date & Time: Wednesday, December 6, 1:30 – 3:30  pm
Location: Cary Memorial Library, 1874 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington
Sponsor: Nonprofit Net

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: TBA
Sponsor: Foundation for MetroWest

A Beginners Guide to Grassroots Events
Presenter: Karin Turer, Tugboat 23 Consulting 
Date & Time: Thursday, February 1,  9:00 -10:30 a.m.
Location: TBA
Sponsor: Foundation for MetroWest

Updated  on November 29, 2017

Welcome & Thanks!

Richmond-Steve-highresWe are pleased to announce the appointment of Stephen M. Richmond to our board of trustees. Mr. Richmond joined the board in February following the retirement of long-time trustee, Richard Davison.

Mr. Richmond is a long-time Sudbury resident with extensive volunteer and community service credentials and a variety of personal and professional attributes that will enhance the Foundation’s work.

Board of Trustees’ Chair Jill Stansky welcomed Mr. Richmond to the board, noting that the Foundation’s nominating committee recommended him enthusiastically. “The board greatly values the range of perspective and experience that our new trustee will bring to our organization. We are delighted to have him working with us to preserve and strengthen the Foundation and its grant making programs.”

Mr. Richmond received his law degree from New York University. He is currrently a principal at Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. and the former Managing Principal of the firm’s Massachusetts office. His practice focuses primarily in the areas of environmental compliance counseling and project development.

Prior to joining Beveridge & Diamond, Mr. Richmond held positions as in-house counsel at two multinational corporations, and was Deputy General Counsel at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.

An active community member since he moved to Sudbury in 2000, Mr. Richmond is the former chair of the Sudbury Zoning Board of Appeals and a former board member of the Sudbury Valley Trustees. In addition, he served as committee chair for the Environmental Business Council of New England and on the Allocation Committee of the Seacoast United Way (Portsmouth, NH), Currently, he serves on the board of MetroWest Legal Services.

Mr. Richmond and his wife, Julie, have two grown sons who attended Sudbury Public Schools. rich d

Mr. Davison, who grew up in Sudbury and has deep roots in the community, retired in December 2015 following 30 years of outstanding service to the Foundation.

During that time, he took on key leadership roles in a variety of major projects in Sudbury, including construction of the Atkinson Pool, renovation of the historic wing of the Goodnow Library and the historic renovation and expansion of the Grange Hall in Sudbury Town Center. He was involved in open space preservation as well, championing projects to preserve the Nobscot, Piper and Pantry Brook Farm properties. He was also instrumental in directing the Foundation’s environmental grants program which in recent years focused on preserving communities in the Northern Forest and fisheries in the Gulf of Maine. Mr. Davison held a special affinity for the Foundation’s Atkinson Scholarship Program, which provides financial assistance to help local high school students attend college.

“The list of Rich’s contributions to Sudbury and to the Foundation is long and substantive,” said Marilyn Martino, executive director. “We will greatly miss his wise counsel and unique perspective on philanthropy. We wish him all the very best in his retirement.”

Posted on March 11, 2016

Coffee and Conversation

coffee cup,jpgPlease join your Sudbury Nonprofit colleagues for coffee & conversation on Thursday, April 7 at 9:30 a.m. at our meeting space on the second floor of the Grange Hall.

It’s a chance to update us on what your nonprofit or community group has been up to, to hear what others are doing, to learn and to share.

We look forward to seeing you.

Please RSVP by April 4 to brunner@sudburyfoundation.org.

Posted March 10, 2016

MA Local Food Action Plan

Mass Local Food Action Plan





We’re pleased to be supporting the efforts of a new alliance — the Mass. Food System Collaborative — working to implement the recommendations of the Massachusetts Local Food Action Plan.

In 2013, the Mass. Food Policy Council convened stakeholders from every segment of the state’s local food system to develop a plan to address the opportunities and challenges of increasing local food production, creating jobs and economic opportunity in food and farming, protecting the land and water needed to produce food, and reducing hunger and food insecurity. It was a long, in-depth and complex process that concluded with a series of detailed action items to make the food system in Massachusetts more robust and resilient. Their final report was released in December 2015.

And the hard work isn’t over yet. Next steps call for prioritizing the recommendations and working to get them implemented.

The Sudbury Foundation, along with the Merck Family Fund, the Massachusetts Convergence Partnership and Associated Grant Makers are hosting a Funder Briefing on April 13 in Sudbury to share more about the effort. If you are interested, you may register with AGM here.

Posted on March 8, 2016

Why Read Aloud?





















March is Read Aloud Month, a national promotional campaign to encourage parents and caregivers to read aloud to children at least 15 minutes every day. It makes a difference!

Posted March 2, 2016


Upcoming Professional Development

LearnProfessional development trainings are a great way to boost your skills and connect with peers. Workshops are also a way to spark new ideas and re-energize yourself and your organization, especially valuable as the new year begins.

We don’t think of professional development as a luxury but as a worthwhile investment in staff. After all, they’re what make your organization great.

Here’s a list of workshops that might be of interest to you with topics ranging from getting the most out of your events to building your board’s fundraising capacity to creating an action plan. Even better, these sessions are local and free!

Mobilizing Your Board to Raise More Money
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Presenter: Andy Robinson
Date & Time: Thursday, March 10, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Location: Webinar, At your desk
Sponsor: Foundation for MetroWest

Meet the Funders
Panelists: Cummings Foundation, Watertown Foundation, Foundation for MetroWest
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Date & Time: Tuesday, March 15, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Cary Memorial Library, Lexington
Sponsor: Nonprofit Net

Special Events: Engagement After the “I Do”
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Presenter: Ali Magee, Iron Pepper Consulting
Date & Time: Wednesday, March 23, 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Location: Marlborough Library
Sponsor: Foundation for MetroWest

Look Before you Leap to Action: A Personal Strategic Planning Workshop
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Presenter: Fredia Woolf, Woolf Consulting
Date & Time: Tuesday, April 5, 9:00 am – noon
Location: TBD
Sponsor: Foundation for MetroWest

Budgeting Mistakes Your Organization Needs to Avoid 
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Presenter: David Orlinoff
Date & Time: Thursday, April 14, 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Location: Cary Memorial Library, Lexington
Sponsor: Nonprofit Net

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Posted on January 11, 2016

In Real Life, Who Do You Turn To?


Nine million kids in America are growing up without an answer to this question. They make everyday choices that lead up to life’s big decisions without enough guidance and support – the kind most of us count on. Every kid should have someone to turn to, a caring adult who provides a consistent, supportive and guiding hand to young people — a mentor.

At its most basic level, mentoring is successful in real life because it guarantees youth and teens that there is someone who cares about them and that they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges. At a more complex level, there is a powerful mentoring effect that ultimately makes our community stronger.

Quality mentoring programs are proven to build relationships that help improve school attendance and academic achievement, promote responsible decision making, and provide skills to better navigate relationships at school, socially and at home. A report by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership found that young adults who were at risk for not completing high school but who had a mentor were:

  • 55% more likely to be enrolled in college than those who did not have a mentor.
  • 81% more likely to report participating regularly in sports or extracurricular activities.
  • More than twice as likely to say they held a leadership position in a club or sports team.
  • 78% more likely to volunteer regularly in their communities.

MENTOR’s report found that one in three young people will grow up without a mentor. We need to close this mentoring gap.

January is National Mentoring Month, celebrating the benefits of quality youth mentoring across the country. The National Mentoring Month public awareness campaign, recognized by presidential and congressional proclamation, is led by MENTOR, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

National Mentoring Month also acknowledges all those who give generously of themselves by mentoring youth “informally” as tutors, coaches, teachers, volunteers and friends.

Won’t you join us in spreading the word about the value of mentoring? Our kids deserve it.

Posted January 6, 2015

2015 Grant Awards

The Foundation distributed more than $1.2 million in grants and scholarships during 2015. As always, we are delighted to work with so many inspiring nonprofit partners, supporting them in ways that strengthen their organizations and, in turn, the communities they serve.

2015 Sudbury Program Grants:

Bridges Together, Sudbury MA, $14,000
To develop and pilot a new version of the Bridges Program for high school students at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School.

YIP students present their grant recommendations.

YIP students present their grant recommendations.

Foundation for MetroWest, Natick, MA, $45,000 over three years
Continued support for the Sudbury Youth In Philanthropy program.

Gaining Ground, Concord, MA, $5,000
To support Gaining Ground’s work providing healthy produce to the Sudbury Community Food Pantry, and other local pantries.

Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, Sudbury, MA, $15,000
To enable L-S students to participate in the 2016 Global Leaders Summit in The Hague.

Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, Sudbury, MA, $9,050
To upgrade technology at the award-winning student newspaper, The Forum.

Longfellow’s Wayside Inn, Sudbury, MA, $9,000
For a comprehensive analysis of the historic Inn’s property holdings for planning and preservation purposes.

Organization for the Assabet, Sudbury & Concord Rivers, Concord, MA, $6,000
To research, update and publish a new recreation guide and map of the Sudbury River.

Parmenter Foundation, Sudbury, MA, $7,000
To fund the development of a stand-alone website for the Foundation as Parmenter VNA merges with Care Group Home Care.

Sudbury Valley Trustees, Sudbury, MA, $24,600
To support ancillary activities to enhance the recently-acquired Landham Brook Marsh conservation area (formerly known as Johnson Farm) in Sudbury.

Town of Sudbury/Selectmen’s Office, Sudbury, MA, $7,500
To engage the Town’s Board of Selectmen in a team building and strategic communications consultation.

Town of Sudbury/Fire Department, Sudbury, MA ,$7,055
To purchase an Advanced Life System (ALS) training simulator manikin that will enable enhanced training scenarios for the Fire Department’s Paramedic and Emergency Medical Technicians.

Town of Sudbury/Council on Aging, Sudbury, MA, $18,000
To encourage residents to support their neighbors through continued funding of the Senior Volunteer Coordinator position at the Fairbank Senior Center.

2015 Children, Youth & Families Program Grants:

Bubblemakerjpg-e1435078146149-300x193-1 - Version 2Bethany Hill School, Framingham, MA, $5,000
To produce a new organizational video as part of the agency’s larger strategic re-branding effort.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/MetroWest, Worcester, MA $16,400
To purchase new customer relationship management software and ancillary hardware.

Danny’s Place Youth Services, Acton, MA, $14,600
To fund a communications and marketing consultation.

Discovery Museums, Acton MA, $22,000
To fund the redesign and content redevelopment of the Museums’ website, with a focus on accessibility.

Doc Wayne Youth Services, Boston, MA, $24,000
To fund a development consultation.

Employment Options, Marlborough, MA, $8,000
To fund a communications consultation geared toward the agency’s hard-to-reach young adult population.

First Connections, a program of JRI, Acton, MA, $19,820
To fund a consultation to streamline, enhance and pilot a program evaluation process.

Framingham State University Foundation/MetroWest College Planning Center, Framingham, MA $25,000
In partnership with MassBay Community College, to fund the development of strategic and marketing plans for the new MetroWest College Planning Center in Framingham and to evaluate the program after one year.

Jeff’s Place Children’s Bereavement Center, Framingham, MA, $21,000
To fund a branding and communications consultation.

Jewish Family Service of MetroWest, Framingham, MA, $9,000
To develop and install a customer relationship management database system to support new performance management strategies for the fundraising department.

Massachusetts Audubon/Drumlin Farm, Lincoln, MA, $13,675
To develop a business plan to replicate and expand after-school programming in high-need communities and to pilot a program in Hudson, MA.

Minute Man Arc, Concord, MA, $5,000
To fund a strategic planning consultation.

Nature Connection, Concord, MA, $23,900
To fund a major gifts program consultation.

Framingham Police Department, Framingham, MA, $25,200
To train staff to work more effectively with teens by sending 10 patrol sergeants to the highly-regarded Policing the Teen Brain training.

One Can Help, Newton, MA, $6,600
To fund an outcomes measurement consultation.

OUT MetroWest, Framingham, MA, $15,000
To fund a fundraising consultation.

Performing Arts Center of MetroWest, Framingham, MA, $25,000
To fund a marketing consultation.

2015 CY&F Invitation Grants

Boys and Girls Clubs of MetroWest, Marlborough, MA, $60,000
To fund a series of professional development trainings for staff, and other projects.

Friends of Resiliency for Life, Framingham, MA $25,000
To help pilot the expansion of the RFL program into Framingham middle schools.

John Andrew Mazie Memorial Foundation, Wayland, MA, $45,000 over three years
In support of an executive transition.

Lovelane Special Needs Horseback Riding Program, Lincoln, MA, $20,000
To support a major herd planning and re-building effort.

2015 CY&F Program Small Capital Grants
The following grant partners received grants of up to $5,000 to purchase new equipment, replace aging furnishings or complete a needed repair.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central MA/MetroWest, Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley, Boys and Girls Clubs of Metrowest, Communities for Restorative Justice, Employment Options, Inc., First Connections/JRI, Jeff’s Place Children’s Bereavement Center, Kids Connect, Inc., Lovelane Special Needs Horseback Riding Program, Framingham State U/MetroWest College Planning Center, Natick Community Organic Farm, The Nature Connection, OUT MetroWest, REACH Beyond Domestic Violence, The Food Project, and Wayside Youth & Family Support Network/TEMPO Young Adult Resource Center.

2015 Environmental Program Grants:

Penobscot East Resource Center, Stonington, ME, $80,000 over two years
General support for the organization’s work supporting fishing communities in eastern Maine.

Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Portland, ME, $40,000
To fund a market analysis to determine the potential scale and scope of a Maine aquaculture market.

N.E. Grassroots Environment Fund, Newmarket, NH, $40,000
To support NEGEF’s work providing small grants and other support to New England-based grassroots groups.

Eat Fresh Jane & TinaLovin’ Spoonfuls, Boston, MA, $75,000 over 3 years 
To bring Lovin’ Spoonfuls’ Food Recovery Program to MetroWest. This grant is in partnership with the MetroWest Health Foundation, the Foundation for MetroWest, and Middlesex Savings Bank Charitable Foundation.

Franklin County CDC
, Greenfield, MA, $25,000
Interim funding to establish the Massachusetts Food System Collaborative, an alliance of stakeholders working to implement the recommendations of the recently completed Mass. Food System Plan.

Posted December 18, 2015

Paramedics Extraordinaire














We had quite a treat yesterday when the Sudbury paramedics stopped by our Board of Trustees meeting to demo their new equipment.

We saw first-hand the remarkable transformation emergency services in Sudbury have undergone since the implementation of the Advanced Life Support (ALS) program a few years ago. The program employs trained paramedics (rather than EMTs) who have the skills to stabilize patients on-site while therapy continues to be provided.

These medics go through rigorous training to be able to provide a level of service above that of a typical EMT. In addition to the advanced skills they learn, these providers develop critical thinking skills to help them better assess the problem and make the life and death decisions of what to do, what not to do… and when.

The Foundation has been pleased to support the Fire Department’s highly professional program, the best in the area, with two grants that funded state-of-the-art equipment.

In 2013, the department used our grant to purchase a Lucas Chest Compression Machine which provides automatic Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) to patients. The unit is an electrically-powered piston device that performs accurately timed chest compressions at a precise depth. Humans cannot match the efficiency of the machine, especially when a patient is being carried through doorways, down stairs or over difficult terrain. While the machine is in operation, paramedics and EMTs can be doing other crucial activities. Fire Chief Bill Miles reports that the machine is used a couple of times a month and has literally saved lives since its purchase.

Last summer, grant funds helped purchase another valuable piece of equipment, the Advanced Life Support Training Manikin (pictured above). This is a 160-pound, life-sized model that enables Sudbury’s 12 paramedics to hone their skills by practicing techniques — like oral and nasal intubation and chest tube insertion — on a regular basis. Trainers use the model to simulate different combinations of potential medical events and can even re-enact previous cases so the medics can experiment with different approaches.

Most impressive to us were the enthusiastic paramedics themselves who are anxious to provide the best service possible to Sudbury citizens involved in a medical crisis. We are fortunate to have them.

Pictured left to right are Paramedics Michael Matros, Nick Horwath and Matt Macdonald.

Posted December 17, 2015

Are We Thwarting Creativity in Kids?

We recently came across this great 2006 Ted Talk by creativity expert Ink splat 150 x 150Sir Ken Robinson.

As Robinson describes it, we begin life full of creative potential, then we are “educated out” of our creative capacity. Much of this happens in school where the emphasis on being right limits our ability to think outside the box. “If you’re not prepared to be wrong,” Robinson says, “you’ll never come up with anything original.”

Worth listening to.

Posted December 7, 2015