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