The Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts is a non-profit public charity that promotes philanthropy in our region and helps philanthropists invest in the communities and causes they care passionately about.

Manage Your Philanthropy

We manage a growing collection of more than 240 charitable funds established by individuals, families, and businesses and award more than $5 million in grants and scholarships each year. The Community Foundation is the perfect vehicle for people to give back to the communities they love. We offer a range of giving options while maximizing tax advantages and providing efficient administration of donations and grants.

Individuals, families, corporations, and non-profit organizations can take advantage of the Community Foundation's resources by making a gift to one of the existing funds or by establishing a named fund including a donor-advise fund, scholarship fund, field of interest fund and others.

As a local non-profit organization, the Community Foundation is the perfect vehicle for people to give back to the community. We provide donors with a great deal of flexibility while maximizing tax advantages. (Click here for more)

Personal Consultation

The Community Foundation’s staff can work with you and/or your professional adviser to design a charitable giving plan that will meet your personal, financial and philanthropic goals.

To schedule an appointment to learn more, please contact Tammy Staal at 978-345-8383, or email:

Enhance Our Communities

The Community Foundation also makes grants to local nonprofits in the areas of the environment and animal welfare, education and career readiness, community enrichment, organizational development, community health, and racial equity.So we have deep knowledge of the region's needs and opportunities.

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Giving Options

The Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts offers several giving options to suit your needs. Take a look at what we offer:

The Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts was established to give individuals and families a way to give back to the community to causes they care passionately about. When you create a charitable fund, you have the opportunity to benefit the community forever with a permanent endowment. Your gift is invested over time. Earnings from your fund are used to make grants addressing community needs. Create your own fund.

The Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts manages more than 150 funds created by generous individuals, families and businesses. These funds make grants to support specific organizations or areas of interest, including education, the arts, health & human services, animal protection and environmental causes. You can donate to any of these funds now and make a difference. Search our funds.

When you give to the Community Foundation’s Impact Funds, you are helping address a broad range of local needs — including future needs that often cannot be anticipated at the time your gift is made. We evaluate all aspects of community well-being: arts and culture, economic development, education, environment, health and human services, neighborhood revitalization, and more. The flexibility of your unrestricted gift enables the community foundation’s program experts to respond to the community’s most pressing needs, today and tomorrow. Donate today.

If you wish to leave a gift that costs nothing during your lifetime, you can include the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts in your will or estate plan, ensuring that your charitable vision endures forever. You can leave a specific dollar amount, a property, a percentage of your estate or the remainder after distributions to other beneficiaries. To Learn More

When the year-end approaches, many individuals will start to give more thought to pressing financial issues. One of them may be their charitable giving options. Here are five questions to consider.

  1. Have you sold a business, inherited property, or otherwise experienced a change in circumstances that could have tax implications?
  2. Do you find yourself in the fortunate position of holding highly appreciated stock or real estate assets?
  3. Do you feel you don’t have enough time to consider properly which organizations you would like to support?
  4. Is this the year for you to create a lasting legacy by planning for an estate gift or by establishing an endowment?
  5. Have you thought about opening a fund at the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts?

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