Community Fund for Wellesley

The mission of the Community Fund for Wellesley is to promote the common good and to benefit all residents of our town. We serve as a permanent source of funding to foster innovation and collaboration in support of community needs and opportunities.

The Community Fund for Wellesley was established in 2008 in celebration of Wellesley’s 125th birthday. A dedicated group of town residents had a vision to create a fund that would exist to benefit members of the Wellesley community for generations to come. Over the past 15 years, we have made grants of over $760,000 to more than 48 local non-profits and Wellesley town departments.

15th Year Anniversary $100,000 Grant Program

The Community Fund for Wellesley (“CFFW”) is committed to supporting organizations that are working towards creating a stronger, more vibrant community in Wellesley. The CFFW promotes the common good and benefits all Wellesley residents by serving as a source of funding to foster innovation and collaboration across organizations that support our community’s needs. In celebration of our 15th anniversary, the CFFW awarded a total of $100,000 to organizations benefiting Wellesley residents working in the areas of Arts and Culture, Community Building, Education, the Environment, and Health and Wellness.
The special occasion was celebrated by over 60 nonprofit leaders, Town representatives, donors, and founders of the fund at Papa Razzi in Wellesley on November 2nd. The event was festive and convivial, celebrating the grant awardees and bringing together the non-profit community in conversation and connection. Photos below:

Other Opportunities

Grant Partners

  • Elizabeth Seton Residence Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation*
  • Recreation Department, Youth Commission, Wellesley Free Library, and
  • Health Department
  • The Human Relations Service, Inc. (HRS)
  • The Wellesley League of Women Voters
  • Wellesley Fire Department
  • Wellesley Health Department, Wellesley Council on Aging, and Wellesley
  • Housing Authority*
  • Wellesley Service League
  • Wellesley Youth Commission

Get Involved

By making a contribution to Community Fund for Wellesley, you are helping to build an endowment that strengthens the community, creating pride of place among residents today and for years to come.

Community Board

The Community Fund for Wellesley’s Board is comprised of individuals who reside or work in Wellesley and who represent the diverse aspects of the community. This allows the Fund to maintain a broad perspective on the town’s needs and opportunities. The Community Board is also responsible for reviewing and assessing grant proposals from local nonprofits to determine which will receive funding support.

Philippa and her husband have lived in Wellesley since 1997 and raised 3 children there. She has been a Town Meeting Member for approximately 10 years in total, and served on the Wellesley Friendly Aid Board for six years. About 15 years ago, as a result of volunteering to teach an ESL Conversation Class, Philippa decided that Wellesley should have a coordinated ESL program. In 2011, she initiated and developed Wellesley ESL through the support of the Wellesley Library, Wellesley Friendly Aid, and the Fund for Wellesley who provided some of the startup funds. After 6 years as the Program Coordinator of Wellesley ESL, She became the Director of Project Literacy of Watertown, which is a large library-based program with over 600 students, 20 classes and 200 volunteers. In 2017, Philippa became a Board Member of the Marshall Homes Fund of Watertown where she served on the grant review committee. Annually, the Marshall Home Fund provides over $100,000 in grants to programs that support Watertown’s elderly population. In 2021, Philippa retired, and today enjoys travelling, being a grandparent, and gardening; and enjoying getting more involved with civic affairs now that she has more time. Philippa is currently serving as a Town Meeting Member, is on the Sustainable Wellesley Leadership Team, and is a member of the Charles River Regional Council Environmental Committee.

Ellen has served in a volunteer and elected capacity in Wellesley for more than two decades. She recently retired from the Wellesley Board of Selectmen after serving 9 years. During her tenure, Ellen dealt with a wide range of matters and helped to advance important initiatives involving multiple Town boards, a broad spectrum of many public and private institutions and organizations at the state, regional and local levels.

Ellen and husband David, an attorney, moved to Wellesley in 1992. Their two children are in graduate school. Prior to her municipal work, Ellen worked as a Project Director for the MA Department of Public Health. She is co-owner and manager of a small real estate investment company and holds degrees from Tufts University and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Mary Beth has been a Wellesley resident since 1977 and attended Wellesley High School, Dartmouth College, and Babson College for her MBA. Her 33 year career first as a private banker and then as a wealth advisor started at BayBank.  She spent 12 years with Boston Private Bank and has now been with Wellesley Investment Partners, a subsidiary of Wellesley Bank, for 5 years. Mary Beth and her husband Randy have 3 adult children: Meghan, Caitlin and Kevin.

Lisa has worked as a mental health nurse for the past 32 years, providing direct care and teaching. Lisa feels strongly about education, prevention and rehabilitation when it comes to mental health and believes our communities need to do more to support this. Currently, she serves on the advisory board for Elliot House, a rehabilitation program for people with chronic, debilitating mental health issues because she thinks it is important to support the resources in her own community that provide a safe and nurturing place for people living and working in Wellesley. Lisa teaches in the baccalaureate nursing program at Regis College, is a graduate of Simmons College and received a master of science in nursing from the University of Massachusetts.

Wendy and her family have lived in Wellesley since 2001. After years of work in health care and outcomes research administration, Wendy’s focus upon moving to Wellesley from Los Angeles has been in supporting her community and non-profit organizations. Wendy has served as President of the PTOs at PAWS and Bates Schools, on the Executive Board of the Central Council of PTOs and Treasurer and President of Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club. Most recently, Wendy completed six years (2011-2017) on the Wellesley School Committee, serving as Vice-Chair three years and liaison to the Permanent Building Committee for the Fiske & Schofield renovation and School Security projects. Wendy has been a Town Meeting Member since 2011, is a Board Member at the Walker School in Needham, focusing on capital projects, and serves on the Security Task Force at Temple Beth Elohim. With her husband, Jim, she enjoys being the parent of and trying to keep up with two busy Wellesley High School students.

Tina Chen,  her husband Justin, and their children Olivia and Owen moved to Wellesley in 2018.  Tina is the Director of B2C Sales Enablement at Wayfair.  Prior to moving to Wellesley , Tina and family were based in Asia where she worked as a management consultant at McKinsey, advising clients across Asia and the Middle East, with focus on growth strategy and family-owned business management.  Tina holds a BA in Applied Mathematics from Harvard College and a JD from Harvard Law. 

Johanna and her family moved to Wellesley in 2018 after living in New York City for nearly 20 years.  Johanna worked as a second grade teacher in the New York City public school system.  Always an active volunteer, Johanna has been involved with numerous New York based non profit organizations and a variety of academic institutions.  She received her BA from Connecticut College, MA in Art History from Hunter College and MA in Childhood Education from New York University. 

We are grateful to our Founding Members, and to subsequent donors, for their support of our mission. The Founders early commitment expanded our opportunities to make an impact in the community. With their and others continued support, we have successfully established an important source of community philanthropy and catalyst for new ideas to keep our community strong.

  • Anonymous
  • Tracy & Ken Accardi
  • Marsha & Patrick Ahearn
  • Femina & Ejaz Ali
  • Marlene Allen
  • Angelika Angino
  • Heidi & Richard Angle
  • Amy Axelrod & Jeff Struzenski
  • Babson College
  • Katherine Babson
  • Darcey & Chris Bartel
  • Betsy & Karl Baumann
  • Susan Berry & Brian Moynihan
  • Amita & Samir Bhatt
  • Barbara & Ted Bloom
  • Boston Private Bank & Trust Company
  • Helen & Norm Boucher
  • Maureen & Edward Bousa
  • Jane Brock-Wilson
  • Brookline Bank
  • Valerie & Steven Buller
  • Captain Marden’s Seafoods
  • Chrissy Cassa
  • John & Linda Kondo Chapman
  • Jeffrey Choney & Pamela Dippel Choney
  • Jim & Donna Conlin
  • Laurie & Brian Conroy
  • Sarah & Robert Croce
  • Hope & Louis Crosier
  • Custom Designs, Inc.
  • Laura & Simon Davidson
  • Judith & Kevin Donnelly
  • Pamela & David Donohue
  • Susan & John Doran
  • Eagle Investment Systems
  • Becky & Bruce Epstein
  • Virginia Ferko & Mark Cohen
  • First Financial Trust
  • First Republic Bank
  • Trina & Thorp Foster
  • Maria & Hawk Furman
  • Ellen Gordon
  • Madeleine Grant
  • Rowie Gray
  • Wendy Haering
  • Janeen & Steven Hansen
  • Arnold & Carol Haynes
  • Haynes Management, Inc.
  • Terry & Mike Hluchyj
  • Laura & Bob Hockett
  • Elizabeth & Francis Hunnewell
  • John & Patricia Isley
  • Sandy Joseph
  • Lucy & John Kapples
  • Kathy & John Kaufmann
  • Susan & Brian Kavoogian
  • Betsy & Rusty Kellogg
  • Kate Kellogg & Randy Peeler
  • Dona & Michael Kemp
  • Chris & Ruth Keyes
  • Susan & Julian Lange
  • Alan & Ellen Ledley Korpi
  • Dottie & Phil Laughlin
  • Michele & David Livingston
  • Lower Falls Wine Co.
  • Laurel & Stephen Lyle
  • Karin & Peiman Mahdavi
  • Janet & David Mannheim
  • Karen B. & Brian Mariscal
  • Peter McAvinn
  • Sheila Gunn McCormack
  • Lou & Peg Metzger
  • Middlesex Savings Bank
  • Carol & Greg Mills
  • Catherine & Christopher Milton
  • Jeff & Patty Mitchell
  • Jack & Linda Morgan
  • Kristin & Steve Mugford
  • Lauren & David Murphy
  • Maura Murphy & Michael Racette
  • Beth & Bill Nast
  • North Hill
  • Christine Oliver & Robert Hale
  • Kim & Ernie Parizeau
  • Caren & Randy Parker
  • Priscilla & Tony Parker
  • Janet & John Pattillo
  • Wendy & Jim Paul
  • The Paul and Edith Babson Foundation
  • Alice & Tom Peisch
  • People’s United Bank
  • Pinnacle Residential Properties, LLC
  • Ilissa & Lon Povich
  • Mary & John Power
  • Burkey & Stan Pratt
  • Patti Quigley
  • Shannon & Derek Redgate
  • Albert S. Robinson
  • Michelle & Richard Rosmarin
  • Rutledge Properties
  • Susan & Matthew Ryan
  • Judy & Tony Salerno
  • Peter & Nancy Saperstone
  • Rhoda & John Schwarz
  • Barbara Searle
  • Susan & Jerry Slavet
  • Lynne & Gary Smith
  • Jennifer & Tom Snyder
  • Lynda Sperry & Bill Wiberg
  • Joanne & Richard Spillane
  • Helen & Edward Stewart
  • Eileen & James Stokes
  • Judy Swahnberg & Carl Novotny
  • Kathan Tracy
  • Susan & Leo Troy
  • Terri Tsagaris & Wayne Bennett
  • Jessica & Peter Walter
  • Harriet Warshaw
  • Wellesley Bank
  • Wellesley College
  • Wellesley Gentlemen’s Society
  • Wellesley/Walnut Street LLC
  • Karen & Bob White
  • Nancy & Bill Whitney
  • Laura & William Wilson
  • J. David Wimberly
  • Sue Wright
  • Mike & Debbi Young
  • Mariann & Andy Younis

The Stewards of The Fund for Wellesley will provide the capital to enable The Fund to continue addressing the opportunities and needs we see here in Wellesley today, tomorrow, and into the future.

  • Val and Steven Buller
  • Mason Smith and Gordon Green
  • Helen and Raymond Hamel, Jr.
  • Phil and Dottie Laughlin
  • Kathleen and Thomas F. Skelly
  • Susan Hurwitz and Miguel Lessing
  • Andrea and Thomas Ward
  • Robert Glowacky and Janney Wilson

Wellesley Youth in Philanthropy Campaign Change-Makers have committed to a gift of $5,000+ to help the Foundation for MetroWest and the Fund for Wellesley build a permanent fund to operate the Wellesley YIP program, so that this program will remain a fixture for Wellesley youth and local nonprofits forever.

  • Anonymous (2)
  • Alyce and Caleb Aldrich
  • Katherine L. Babson, Jr.
  • Don and Katie Bramley
  • Elizabeth and Todd Cook
  • Louis and Hope Crosier
  • Helen and Neal Goins
  • Jennifer and Barnet Helzberg
  • Brian and Susan Kavoogian
  • Stephen and Laurel Lyle
  • Mary Beth and Randy Mahoney
  • Oechsle Family Foundation
  • Marianne and Ron Renaud
  • Peter and Jackie Segall
  • Tripp and Betsy Sheehan
  • Ellen and Ram Subramaniam
  • Susan and Sam Tillinghast
  • Peter and Jessica Walter

Donate to Wellesley

The Community Fund for Wellesley is an endowed fund of the Community Foundation for MetroWest, which is a 501(c)(3) public charity and is fully tax exempt. The tax ID is 04-3266789. There are a number of ways you can make a donation.

Transfer Securities

Please contact us via email or call (508) 647 – 2260 if you are interested in transferring assets.

If you have any questions or would like more information about making your gift, please call us at (508) 647-2260 or email us and we’ll be happy to help you.

Thank you! We appreciate your support.