About the Sudbury Foundation
Investing in People, Place and Possibility
Our grant funding is designed to strengthen our nonprofit partners who are working to solve some of our most pressing social issues. Our college scholarship and opportunity grant program encourages local teens to uncover their passion both in and out of school.
The Foundation currently operates four programs.
- The Atkinson Scholarship Program provides college scholarships to local high school seniors.
- The Sudbury Program enhances the quality of life for the people of Sudbury, MA.
- The Children, Youth & Families Program supports youth-serving agencies in the 10 towns contiguous to Sudbury.
- The Environmental Program helps build the health, sustainability and resilience of farming communities in Massachusetts.
In addition, the Foundation manages the historic Grange Hall in Sudbury Town Center, offering the second floor conference room as a community meeting space for Sudbury town committees and local nonprofits.
This site gives you all the information you need to apply for a grant or a scholarship. Click around to find details on eligibility, guidelines, resources, events and news. Be sure to check out our blog as well.
Miner A. Crary
Stephen M. Richmond
Jill M. Stansky, chair
Bank of America N.A., represented by Dian P. Quinn
Richard H. Davison
Marilyn Martino, Executive Director
Tricia Brunner, Operations Manager
About the Atkinsons
Herbert and Esther Atkinson established the Sudbury Foundation in 1952 as a vehicle for their personal philanthropy. They were modest people who believed in private giving for the public good and in giving back to the community they called home.
Long-time residents of Sudbury, MA, the couple operated the Sudbury Laboratory, a successful small business specializing in soil testing kits. As the Laboratory prospered, the Atkinsons shared their good fortune with others, both directly and through the Foundation they created. The couple had no children.When they died, they left their entire estate to the Foundation to carry on their charitable work.
Today, the Foundation awards grants and scholarships in excess of $1.2 million annually.
Looking back, the Atkinsons might be surprised at the growth of the Foundation they created more than 60 years ago with an initial $20,000 contribution; they would surely be delighted by the scope of philanthropic activity their Foundation now supports. Read more…