About Us 2019 Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation Grant Ceremony

Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation Awards More Than $750,000 in Grants to Nonprofits in Eastern and Central Massachusetts

Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation announced its annual grant awards and recipient of the John R. Heerwagen Award for Nonprofit Leadership.
Dedicated to supporting a broad range of community needs, the Foundation is committed to three core areas – educational opportunities, basic human needs, and nonprofit capacity building. Since its inception in 2000, the Foundation has provided more than $7 million in grants to more than 600 non-profits providing critical community services.
2019 Grant Recipients and Total Annual Giving
This year the Foundation awarded $742,247 to 43 nonprofit organizations based in Eastern and Central Massachusetts. The organizations were honored at the Foundation’s annual grant awards ceremony held Friday, November 8, 2019 at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center. Ten organizations are first-time Foundation grant recipients – Dignity Matters of Wayland; Girlstart of Waltham; Goodnow Library Foundation of Sudbury; Leadership MetroWest, Inc. of Framingham; Rifles to Rods of Ashland; Arts Wayland, Inc. of Wayland; Family ACCESS of Newton; Thinkgive, Inc. of Concord; Waltham Partnership for Youth; and Wildstart Equine Assisted Activities and Therapy of Sherborn.
Each of the organizations receiving a grant provides critical community services to the communities served by Middlesex Savings Bank. This year’s recipients are:
Grant Recipient  Town/City Headquarters
Arts Wayland, Inc. Wayland
Big Brothers Big Sisters Central MA/MetroWest Worcester
Big Sister Association of Greater Boston Boston
Boston Area Gleaners Waltham
Circle of Hope Needham
Crossroads School Marlborough
Dignity Matters Wayland
Discovery Museum, Inc. Acton
Emerson Health Care Foundation Concord
Family ACCESS of Newton Newton
Framingham Historical and Natural History Society Framingham
Framingham State University Foundation, Inc. Framingham
Gaining Ground Concord
Girlstart Waltham
Goodnow Library Foundation Sudbury
Habitat for Humanity North Central Mass Acton
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell Westford
Household Goods, Inc. Acton
Jeff's Place Children's Bereavement Center, Inc. Framingham
Kennedy-Donovan Center, Inc. Foxborough
Leadership MetroWest, Inc. Framingham
Lovelane Special Needs Horseback Riding Program Lincoln
Massachusetts Audubon Society Lincoln
MetroWest Legal Services Framingham
MetroWest Mediation Services Framingham
MetroWest Nonprofit Network Framingham
Minuteman Senior Services Bedford
Natick Community Organic Farm Natick
Natick Service Council Natick
Neighbor Brigade Maynard
One Family, Inc. Waltham
OUT MetroWest Framingham
Programs for People Framingham
Rifles to Rods Ashland
SPARK Kindness Natick
The Home for Little Wanderers Walpole
The Learning Center for the Deaf Framingham
The Nature Connection Concord
Thinkgive, Inc. Concord
Walker, Inc. Needham
Waltham Boys & Girls Club Waltham
Waltham Partnership for Youth Waltham
Wildstar Equine Assisted Activities and Therapy Sherborn
“Supporting and celebrating our grant recipients is an honor we look forward to each year,” said Dana Neshe, president of the Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation. “Our relationships with them have allowed Middlesex to deepen its understanding of the many challenges facing our neighbors today. Underwriting the organizations that work hard to face these challenges head-on is one way we seek to be right there with our community.”
John R. Heerwagen Award for Nonprofit Leadership
Jeff Feingold, President, Hope & Comfort, is this year’s John R. Heerwagen Award for Nonprofit Leadership recipient. A one-time grant of $15,000 was presented to Mr. Feingold and will be used in a manner that he believes will benefit Hope & Comfort, an organization that seeks to provide essential hygiene products to support and improve the health, self-esteem, and hygiene education of school-aged children and young adults in need.
The annual award, established in 2016, recognizes a strong, nonprofit leader whose work has significantly benefited the lives and wellbeing of residents within the Foundation's community. It reflects the support that John R. Heerwagen, former CEO of Middlesex Savings Bank, provided to the Foundation and its efforts to help strengthen local nonprofits and his belief in the importance of developing and recognizing strong leaders.