About Us Middlesex Awards Nearly $640,000 in grants to Area Nonprofits

Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation, the non-profit, private charitable foundation established by Middlesex Savings Bank, announced its annual grant awards and recipient of the John R. Heerwagen Award for Non-profit Leadership. 

Dedicated to supporting a broad range of community needs, the Foundation, which celebrates 17 years of giving, remains committed to three core areas – educational opportunities, basic human needs, and non-profit capacity building. Since its inception in 2000, the Foundation has provided more than $6 million in grants to more than 400 non-profits providing critical community services.

John R. Heerwagen Award for Non-profit Leadership

Rachel Sagan, executive director, Acton-Boxborough United Way, is this year’s award recipient. A one-time grant of $15,000 is presented to Sagan and will be used in a manner that she believes will benefit the Acton-Boxborough United Way. 

The annual award recognizes a strong, non-profit leader whose work has significantly benefited the lives and wellbeing of residents within the Foundation's community. It reflects the support John R. Heerwagen, former CEO of Middlesex Savings Bank, provided to the Foundation and its efforts to help strengthen local non-profits, and his belief in the importance of leadership, and the need to develop and recognize strong leaders. 

2017 Grant Recipients and Total Annual Giving

This year the Foundation awarded nearly $640,000 to 39 non-profit organizations based in Eastern and Central Massachusetts. The recipients were honored at the Foundation’s annual grant awards ceremony held Friday, November 3, 2017 at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center. Eleven organizations are first-time Foundation grant recipients –Boston Area Gleaners, Circle of Hope, Danny’s Place, Horace Mann Educational Associates, Littleton Community Farm, Needham Historical Society, One Family, Project Bread, Science from Scientists, SPARK Kindness, and The Home for Little Wanderers.

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
Daniel J. McCarthy Memorial Fund (Danny's Place)
Habitat for Humanity North Central Mass
Household Goods, Inc.
The Discovery Museums
Minuteman Senior Services
Science from Scientists
Big Sister Association of Greater Boston
Project Bread
Gaining Ground
The Nature Connection
Kennedy-Donovan Center, Inc.
Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest
Framingham Historical Society
Framingham State University Foundation, Inc.
MetroWest Legal Services
MetroWest Mediation Services
MetroWest YMCA
OUT MetroWest
South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC)
The Learning Center for the Deaf
Horace Mann Educational Associates (HMEA)
Cooperative Elder Services
Lovelane Special Needs Horseback Riding Program
Massachusetts Audubon Society
Littleton Community Farm
Neighbor Brigade
Natick Service Council
RCS Learning Center
SPARK Kindness
Circle of Hope
Needham Historical Society
The Home for Little Wanderers
Boston Area Gleaners
One Family, Inc.
Waltham Boys & Girls Club
Healthcare Without Walls
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell
Big Brothers Big Sisters Central MA/MetroWest
Jeff's Bereavement Center, Inc.


“Community service and improving the lives of our neighbors are essential elements of good citizenship. We are proud to support this year’s grant recipients in their efforts to make a difference in our communities,” said Dana Neshe, president of the Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation.