About Us

Community is central to our Mission

Our Mission

The Community Foundation for MetroWest improves the quality of life in 30+ MetroWest communities by providing financial and educational resources to local nonprofit organizations, sharing essential data about our region to inform decision making, and partnering with donors to help guide and align their giving with the areas of greatest need in the community.

What We Do

Since 1995 we have been identifying areas where the needs are the greatest and implementing initiatives to address these needs. We focus on the outcome, are nimble, and adjust accordingly.

  • We help donors plan and carry out their charitable giving, whether they already know where they want to give or need assistance identifying local needs.
  • We partner with others across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, bringing a consistent and knowledgeable voice to critical civic issues.
  • We manage funds and for both donors and nonprofits, reducing administrative costs while increasing tax advantages.
  • We provide resources and information to the public to help shine a light on the strengths and challenges that face our communities in MetroWest.
  • We offer programs for individuals, youth and nonprofits to learn, grow and build skills to better serve our communities.
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in grants has been provided to over 2,500 student graduates from the Youth in Philanthropy program.

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The Community Foundation for MetroWest is a community foundation that improves the quality of life in over 30 MetroWest communities—especially for our most vulnerable neighbors.

What is a Community Foundation?

Our business is strengthening our community. In addition to building a permanent source of funding, we are invested in the long-term success of the MetroWest region.

Acting as a connector and an educator, funder, and ally, coordinating resources across communities and among nonprofits to build collaboration, foster shared learning, and reduce redundancies. 

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Communities We Serve

We are committed to strengthening our community and understand the unique needs of our region.

We work to improve the quality of life in 30+ MetroWest communities.

  • Acton
  • Ashland
  • Boxborough
  • Carlisle
  • Concord
  • Dedham
  • Dover
  • Framingham
  • Harvard
  • Holliston
  • Hopkinton
  • Hudson
  • Lexington
  • Lincoln
  • Marlborough
  • Maynard
  • Medfield
  • Medway
  • Milford
  • Millis
  • Natick
  • Needham
  • Sherborn
  • Southborough
  • Stow
  • Sudbury
  • Walpole
  • Waltham
  • Wayland
  • Wellesley
  • Westborough
  • Weston
  • Westwood

Our History

Philanthropy across the country is increasing, however too often critical needs closer to home are neglected. Local needs may not be as well-known and donors may not have the time or inclination to determine where to give. Community giving is vital to a region’s infrastructure. In 1996, a visionary group of residents established the Crossroads Community Foundation to address the issues and challenges facing the cities and towns west of Route 128 and east of Route 495, and to bring the benefits of a community foundation to MetroWest residents and nonprofit organizations.

With a deep understanding of MetroWest, its nonprofits and its needs, the Foundation served as a resource, leader, and catalyst for philanthropy by connecting donors with nonprofits, and nonprofits with each other, across the region. By providing donors with flexible and innovative means to make gifts to support MetroWest, the Foundation helped all area residents, especially those who are most vulnerable and in need.

Renamed Foundation for MetroWest, today the Foundation holds over $35 million in assets comprising more than 100 funds. This financial depth gives trustees, staff, and community partners the resources to assess community challenges and propose sustainable solutions. As of 2023 over $34 million has been distributed to nonprofits across MetroWest to support their work in the human services, environmental stewardship, education, youth development, hunger relief, and arts and cultural sectors.

As one of almost 800 community foundations nationwide, the Foundation for MetroWest represents one of the fastest-growing types of philanthropic organizations in the United States. MetroWest would not be the thriving region it is today if it were not for the continued support of private giving. The Foundation for MetroWest’s efforts sustain and invigorate MetroWest communities now and for the future.

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Meet Our Team

Our team brings a diverse skill set and dedication to our community.

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January 18, 2024
The Foundation is thrilled to welcome Alyssa Berkson as Program Manager! As Program Manager, Alyssa is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day management of the Foundation’s programs including Youth in Philanthropy and the...
December 8, 2023
The Community Foundation for MetroWest is proud to recognize and celebrate its 2023 Human Services and Arts & Culture grant partners. The Foundation has awarded a record $735,000 in general operating grants...