- Anti-racist Learning
Our board and staff are in the middle of anti-racist training and we wanted to share this powerful video our consultants used to kick off yesterday’s session. In the video entitled ‘How We Can Win” (which went viral in June 2020 and was later turned into a book), political activist Kimberly Jones spoke off the cuff — with clarity and passion — about her frustration with the rigged economic system that Black Americans have faced for generations. (Her Monopoly analogy is brilliant!) This is definitely worth the 7-minute viewing:
Here’s more on Kimberly: https://www.kimjoneswrites.com
If you have other videos, books, articles, etc,. that you have found useful, please share them us and we will add them to the list we’ve been compiling.
Also, thanks to funding from the Metrowest Health Foundation, Wayside Youth & Family Support Network’s new Equity Training Center is offering a free series of anti-racist online trainings. You may sign up for the entire series or choose the sessions that are most relevant to you and your organization. See the list of workshops here.
Updated September 15, 2021
- Foundation Seeks Executive Director
Interested in the opportunity to take on a leadership role at the Sudbury Foundation? We are seeking a new executive director following the retirement of our long-time executive at the end of the year.
Our next leader will build upon the strategic framework that the staff and Trustees have created and will work in partnership to continue to support the local nonprofits and communities we serve. This is a rewarding position working for a strong, committed board and a wonderful organization with a proud history.
Posted on August 11, 2021
- Executive Director to Retire at Year-End
The Sudbury Foundation trustees today announced the upcoming retirement of Executive Director Marilyn Martino who will complete her 28-year tenure with the Foundation at the end of the year.
Under Martino’s leadership, the organization has re-designed its funding priorities to include positive youth development and a resilient local food system, shifted from project grants to capacity building and general operating support, encouraged new and emerging nonprofit leaders while continuing to fund community needs in Sudbury and provide substantial college financial aid to local students.
Over the years, Martino worked in close partnership with the leaders of more than 300 local nonprofit organizations, and helped distribute close to $18 million in grants and more than $7 million in scholarships, primarily in the MetroWest communities surrounding Sudbury.
A long-time resident of Sudbury before recently moving to Hudson, Martino served as a program officer at the Foundation prior to being named executive director in 2006. She spent 11 years on the steering committee of the MetroWest Nonprofit Network, six as co-chair. She helped to establish the nonprofit, HOPEsudbury, created after the 9/11 tragedy, and served on the board for 16 years, nine as co-president. She is also a former board member of the Sudbury Education Resource Fund.
“Marilyn has excelled at collaboration, innovation and leadership and we are extremely grateful for all she has done,” said Board Chair Jill Stansky. “We have relied on her to be our ears into the community, to inspire our grantmaking and to further the Sudbury Foundation’s impact. We’ll miss her enthusiasm for our grant partners and their work, her commitment to supporting our underserved, often overlooked, neighbors in MetroWest, and her careful stewardship of the Foundation’s resources.”
The Foundation trustees have hired Kittleman & Associates to lead the search for the next executive director. More information will be available shortly.
Posted on August 4, 2021
- Racial Equity & Inclusion Mini Grants – Round 2
Proposals due August 20, 2021
To continue to advance equity and inclusion work in our communities, the Foundation’s 2021 Racial Equity & Inclusion (RE&I) mini-grant program is open to nonprofits in our catchment area* who wish to focus on anti-racism learning and action. Grants are available to 2020 RE&I recipients to advance their work as well as nonprofits who did not receive RE&I funding last year.
We see these small grants as a starting point for communications, education and collaboration, and a preliminary step on a path to change.
Up to $5,000 is available for a project that your organization identifies as essential to furthering racial equity efforts. Some examples include:
- Internal organizational learning, communications, policy review, professional development, facilitated discussions, courses, book purchases
- Community education (i.e., events, conversations, presentations)
- Collaboration among diverse constituencies and/or outreach that encourages new community connections, friendships and partnerships
- Other ideas are welcome.
Please view and download the 2021 RE&I RFP-Application for guidelines and submission requirements.
Relevant Dates: Proposals are due August 20, 2021. Please email the material by 5:00 p.m. to: email@example.com. Grant decisions will be made in October 2021.
Questions: Please contact Marilyn Martino: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Catchment Area: The program is open to 501(c)3 nonprofits based in or working primarily in the following MetroWest communities: Framingham, Hudson, Marlboro, Maynard, Acton, Lincoln, Natick, Stow, Concord, Wayland and Sudbury.
Please check out our Resource Page.
Youth from Discovering Hidden Gems used their 2020 RE&I mini grant to create this mural (still in progress) on the back building at ātac in Framingham. They designed a “quilt-style mural” so each teen could fashion their own “square” to form the whole quilt, allowing individual creativity and demonstrating the power of collaboration.
Posted on July 27, 2021
- Sharing Equity Resources
Materials abound for equity learning: books, stories, articles, op ed pieces, podcasts, webinars, movies, and more. We’re curious: What resource has made the most impact on you? Which would you recommend? We’re interested in all racial equity and social justice educational information including LGBTQ+, disabilities, women’s issues, incarceration…. We’ve started a list that we hope organizes resources in a way that you find useful. Please keep questioning, talking, and learning, and please share your favorite resources with us at email@example.com and we will add them to this post.
Racial Equity Glossary: http://www.racialequityresourceguide.org/about/glossary
You Tube Video:
“How We Can Win, political activist Kimberly Jones viral video about the rigged economic system.
1619, a NY Times audio series hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/1619/id1476928106
Silence is Not an Option – hosted by CNN’s Don Lemon: https://www.cnn.com/audio/podcasts/don-lemon-silence-is-not-an-option
Intersectionality Matters! – Kimberle Crenshaw – https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/intersectionality-matters/id1441348908
Not Racist is Not Enough – NPR; https://www.npr.org/2020/08/24/905515398/not-racist-is-not-enough-putting-in-the-work-to-be-anti-racist
Nice White Parents – Serial/NY Times: https://www.thisamericanlife.org/712/nice-white-parents
On Being with Krista Tippett – Interview with Jason Reynolds: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/jason-reynolds-fortifying-imagination/id150892556?i=1000479626102
On Being: Robin DiAngelo and Resmaa Menakem In Conversation: https://onbeing.org/programs/robin-diangelo-and-resmaa-menakem-in-conversation/
Stony the road : Reconstruction, white supremacy, and the rise of Jim Crow / Henry Louis Gates, Jr
An indigenous peoples’ history of the United States / Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
How to be an antiracist / Ibram X. Kendi
You can’t touch my hair and other things I still have to explain / Phoebe Robinson
The souls of yellow folk: essays / Wesley Yang
When They See Us
One Night in Miami
Eyes on the Prize
The Hate U Give
If Beale Street Could Talk
Posted on July 21, 2021
- Grants Awarded January-July 2021
During the first half of 2021, we have been pleased to support these nonprofit organizations who contribute so much to our communities.
A Place to Turn Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School Acton Community Supper and Food Pantry Marlborough Community Cupboard/United Way Aurelia’s Garden Massachusetts Audubon Society/Drumlin Farm Bethany Hill Place Maynard Food Pantry Big Brothers Big Sisters of CM/MW Metrowest Nonprofit Network Boston Area Gleaners MetroWest Readers Fest Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley Metrowest YMCA Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest Mt. Cavalry Community Supper Daniel’s Table My Brother’s Table Food Pantry/Good Shepherd Parish Dignity Matters Natick Service Counci/ Food Pantry Discovering Hidden Gems Neighbor Brigade Doc Wayne Youth Services, Inc. New Entry Sustainable Farming Project Employment Options, Inc. One Can Help, Inc. Family Promise Metrowest Open Table Foundation for MetroWest – YIP OUT MetroWest Gaining Ground, Inc. Pearl Street Cupboard and Cafe Gardening the Community Salvation Army Food Pantry Gifts of Hope Unlimited SMILE Mass, Inc. Goodnow Library Foundation South Middlesex Opportunity Council Greater Framingham Community Church St. Vincent de Paul-Lincoln Food Pantry Hoops and Homework Stow Food Pantry Hope and Comfort Sudbury Community Food Pantry HOPEsudbury Sudbury Historical Society Hudson Community Food Pantry Sudbury Valley Trustees Jeff’s Place Town of Sudbury – Police Dept. Jewish Family Service of Metrowest Thrive Support and Advocacy, Inc. Lincoln-Sudbury Adult & Community Education
Updated July 16, 2021
- Youth Emotional Well-Being Grants
To keep the well-being of children and youth at the forefront of our response and recovery, we are offering youth development nonprofits in our catchment area a one-time grant opportunity to develop new or expanded programs and resources that enhance emotional health supports for children of all ages.
Programming may be targeted to children, parents/guardians, caregivers, teachers, and others working directly with youth, and could include one-on-one supports, support groups, education, outreach and messaging, or other creative strategies that address a range of issues including, but not limited to, stress, anxiety, depression, fear, loneliness, and grief.
Applicants must have a 501(c)3 designation and be based in or primarily serving constituents in our catchment communities which include Acton, Concord, Framingham, Hudson, Lincoln, Marlborough, Maynard, Natick, Stow, Sudbury, and Wayland.
Applicants may request up to $20,000 in funding. A limited number of grants will be available.
Interested nonprofits should submit a Concept Paper for review by July 8, 2021.
Concept Paper due July 8, 2021
(Concept papers are required. Staff will acknowledge
and provide feedback as quickly as possible.)
Grant Proposal due in August (Date TBD)
Decisions made in mid-October 2021
Please download and follow the format of the 2021 CY&F Emotional-Well-Being-Concept-Paper. Proposals will then be invited for submission in August with decisions announced in October.
(In general, nonprofits may receive one Sudbury Foundation grant per calendar year. However, 2021 is an exception. If you have received a Foundation grant in 2021, please contact the executive director to determine your eligibility for this program.)
Posted on June 11, 2021
- Guleserian receives Taft Scholarship
Congratulations to L-S senior Ava Guleserian who was named the 2021 recipient of the John E. Taft Memorial Scholarship at tonight’s L-S Scholarship Fund Awards Ceremony. We wish you all the best!
The scholarship honors long-time Sudbury Foundation Trustee John Taft and is awarded annually to a student who has demonstrated leadership in their school community through participation in student government or other school betterment activities. The ideal candidate is a “catalyst for change” who has shown initiative by founding a club, program or activity or by serving in an elected or appointed leadership position that has enhanced the school community.
Previously known as the Sudbury Foundation scholarship, the award was changed in 2014 to recognize Mr. Taft, who served as a Trustee of the Foundation from 1973 to 2007. He was instrumental in providing the seed funding to establish the L-S Scholarship Fund and also made possible the construction of the Town’s Atkinson Pool, renovation of the historic wing of the Goodnow Library and many grants to community nonprofits. He served as a Sudbury Selectman from 1964-1976.
Posted on June 1, 2021
- Sudbury Program Re-Opens
Attn: Nonprofits serving Sudbury:
Our Sudbury Grant Program has been on hold since the spring of 2020 while we focused on COVID-related funding.
As of May 24, 2021, the program is reopening for one grant cycle. Proposals are due July 1, 2021 for review in September 2021.
The Sudbury Program supports projects designed to benefit the people of Sudbury with a focus on youth development, historic and environmental preservation, community building and populations in need.
(For now, our October 2021 Grant Cycle remains on hold.)
Posted on May 24, 2021
- Continued Food Access Support During COVID-19
In January, the Foundation made its first of round of 2021 COVID-related grants, with support for area food pantries, community suppers, and agencies providing personal hygiene products to clients in need. Recipient agencies included:
A Place to Turn, Natick Open Table, Maynard Sudbury Community Food Pantry Acton Community Supper and Food Pantry Daniel’s Table, Framingham Dignity Matters Hope & Comfort Greater Framingham Community Church Hudson Community Food Pantry Marlborough Community Cupboard/UWTC Maynard Food Pantry Natick Service Council Food Pantry Pearl Street Cupboard and Café, Framingham/UWTC Salvation Army Food Pantry, Framingham My Brother’s Table-Good Shephard’s Parish, Wayland St. Vincent de Paul-Lincoln Food Pantry Stow Food Pantry Mt. Calvary Community Supper – Acton
In addition, the South Middlesex Opportunity Council received a grant for the “Red Zone Project,” a partnership with the Framingham Board of Health which provides cash support to low-income Framingham residents who test positive for the virus so they may quarantine at home. The project is designed to help reduce the spread of the virus.
Posted on February 22, 2021