Community Foundation Hosts Donor Appreciation Event and Award Current Year Grants

Funding supports local education, arts and culture, environmental, and health and human services organizations, helping to positively impact life for all area residents


FITCHBURG, MA, June 14, 2018 – The Fitchburg Art Museum was a fitting location for the Community Foundation’s recent evening Donor Appreciation Event, highlighting their commitment to establishing a $1 million dollar endowed fund to support arts and culture.


Launched in 2001 with the goal of making North Central Massachusetts a better place to live, the Community Foundation helps individuals and businesses amplify the impact of their charitable contributions. Community Foundation has helped donors establish 225 funds that, thanks to additional contributions and investment returns, have now reached $52,000,000 in total assets.


In addition to thanking the Fitchburg Art Museum for their hospitality, and the evening’s musical performers, Cynthia Forbes, Mathew Bliss and Julian Cole from Indian Hill Music, Community Foundation chairman Henri Sans expressed his appreciation to civic leaders in attendance including Fitchburg’s Mayor Steve DiNatale, City Councilor-at-Large Sam Squailia, Ward 6 Councilor Beth Walsh, and Susan Chalifoux Zephir, who represented Leominster’s City Council.


Additional attendees recognized by Sans included Community Foundation board members Mr. Albert Stone, Steve Stone, Dave Huhtala, Jan Cochran, Ted Lapres, Gary Shepherd and Tom Bagley.


While the foundation's yearly granting targets specific areas, Sans shared news of recent grants made outside of the organization’s traditional RFP process, including providing state-of-the-art CPR equipment to 14 area towns, funding for GAAMHA’s transitional housing in Fitchburg, and the establishment of the first regional Early Literacy Innovation Zone in the United States. 


In addition to crediting and thanking all donors, Community Foundation’s President Phil Grzewinski recognized the organization’s staff, including Sue Cordio, Maribeth Janssens, Linda Mack, Nicole Murphy, Marina Raher and intern Emma Keaney. He also shared a break out of Community Foundation’s most recent grant distributions that included:


Organizational Development Endowment: $54,972

General Endowment: $92,500

Educational Access: $69,571

Doyle Animal Welfare and Environment Fund: $73,496


Total Community Foundation grant funding this year: $523,281


About Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts

The Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts was created to provide a single resource that enables, supports, and simplifies the process of setting up – and contributing to - charitable endowments that can benefit and strengthen our community now, and in perpetuity. Since its founding in 2001, Community Foundation has overseen the distribution of more than $50,000,000 to positively impact the community across a broad array of initiatives, from health and human services, to education and the arts, to supporting environmental and animal welfare improvements.


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Fitchburg, MA 01420


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