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:
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Natick Service Council|
|RCS Learning Center|
|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.