Wellesley Youth in Philanthropy seeks endowment

Hometown Weekly by Lisa Moore Posted May 16, 2018

In 1997, the Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) program was created by the Foundation for Metro West. The program was designed to give students an opportunity to learn about philanthropy and be involved in philanthropic work within their own community. To date, there are 14 established YIP programs that have positively impacted the 33 towns and cities within the Metro West region. Through their participation in a 17-week program, YIP students develop a deeper understanding of their own community needs, learn teamwork skills, build leadership skills, and develop an increased knowledge of local nonprofit organizations. With this knowledge, students work in groups to identify current local needs, visit perspective sites, create a fundraiser to raise the first $1,000 towards their $10,000 goal, develop grant proposals to secure more funds for the program in need, defend their grant proposals, and see the final donations reach the selected programs in need.

By fostering community responsibility, a desire to care for the needs of one’s neighbors, and the desire to invest in the future of one’s own community, YIP hopes to improve the quality of life for all citizens within the Metro West region. Having educated over 1,250 local youth and providing over 6,500 hours of professional development workshops to local nonprofit organizations, YIP has been able to distribute over $14 million dollars to organizations that support hunger relief, local families and children, and enrich the arts and conserve the environment.

YIP is committed to increasing the impact they have on local communities. One way to ensure philanthropy continues in perpetuity is to establish an endowment for every YIP program. The Wellesley YIP program has been running strongly for the last four years. With partial funds provided by the Fund for Wellesley, YIP Wellesley is hoping to create a permanent fund to support the local YIP program and local community needs. With a goal to raise $500,000 for the endowment and create a permanent source of funding to support the Wellesley YIP program, an initial gift of $100,000 has been donated by a local Wellesley family, and an additional $20,000 has been raised prior to an April 12 kickoff party announcing the effort at endowing the Wellesley YIP program. 

Understanding that the youth of today will become tomorrow’s leaders, YIP hopes to harness the power of those youth who desire to create change, and teach them the tools they need to become problem solvers. 

Students and families looking to join Wellesley Youth in Philanthropy or learn how their family can become more philanthropic can contact Senior Philanthropy Officer Renee Quinn at 

Anyone interested in donating to the endowment of the Wellesley YIP program may learn more at

Fund for Wellesley disperses $30K to local nonprofits

Swellesley Report by B. Brown Posted June 21, 2017 

The Fund for Wellesley, an endowed fund of the Foundation for MetroWest that’s been around since 2008, says it has distributed over $30,000 to seven local nonprofit organizations in the areas of community building and civic engagement, and youth development and opportunity.

2017 Grantees:

Wellesley Scholarship Foundation: To support development of an online Town Common Scholarship and Financial Aid Application in a smart fillable PDF format.

Wellesley Information Technology Department:  To support adding Texthelp’s Browsealoud service — which helps make websites more accessible with easy speech, reading, and translation tools — to the Town’s website.

Wellesley Recreation Department: To support the Town’s first-ever Family Campout, at which families can come together to enjoy an eco-friendly evening of games, a camp fire, and a variety of educational experiences.

Special Olympics Massachusetts:  To support Wellesley High School’s Unified Champion School track program, bringing students with and without intellectual/developmental disabilities together.

Wellesley Choral Society: To enhance the social engagement of seniors through attendance at and participation in the Society’s concerts (funded through the Al Robinson Fund for the Arts).

OUT Metrowest: To support the Wellesley meetings of the Umbrella program, which provide a safe space for teens to connect with transgender and gender non-conforming peers and adult mentors.

Wellesley Friendly Aid:  To support Wellesley Connects, an all-volunteer college mentoring program, in its second year at Wellesley High School.

Fund for Wellesley hosts Grant Award Ceremony

Wellesley Townsman Posted June 20, 2017

The Fund for Wellesley Supports Umbrella Posted June 2017

This month, we will receive a grant from The Foundation for MetroWest’s Fund for Wellesley. The $7,525 grant will support Umbrella’s Wellesley meetings for transgender and gender non-conforming high school youth. Our Umbrella program provides youth opportunities to meet adult trans role models and to develop relationships with other trans peers. Meetings are educational, social, and supportive and emphasize the importance of social connection for transgender young people. Umbrella programs include activities such as self-care and wellness, board games, visits from transgender artists, medical presentations, and movie nights. Umbrella Wellesley meets the first Wednesday of each month from 6:45-8:30 p.m. at 309 Washington Street. An additional Umbrella meeting is held on the third Wednesday of each month at 24 Vernon Street, Framingham. All meetings are free of charge, and no RSVP is required. Please note that transgender and gender non-conforming middle school youth are invited to attend our Nexus meetings in Framingham and Newton. If you have questions about Umbrella, please contact OUT MetroWest’s director of programs, Courtney Allen.

Wellesley Connects Receives Grant from Fund for Wellesley Posted 2017

The Fund for Wellesley recently awarded a grant for $4,400 to Wellesley Connects to further its program bridging the opportunity gap for first generation college-bound Wellesley High School (WHS) juniors and seniors in order to make college and post-secondary plans a success. The program, in collaboration with the WHS Guidance staff, is under the umbrella of Wellesley Friendly Aid.

Wellesley Friendly Aid Board members Margot Lansing and Sharon Kiernan initiated the program in an effort to level the playing field for students who are the first in their family to apply to college in the United States.  Each student is invited to join Wellesley Connects in the fall of junior year and will work with a mentor through senior year. 

In January, 11 students and their individual mentors met over supper at the high school. Since that time students and mentors have participated in workshops about financial aid and SAT prep. They also visited Babson College and Mass Bay Community College for campus tours. 

For more information on Wellesley Connects, visit or contact Margot Lansing or Sharon Kiernan at or call Wellesley Friendly Aid, 781-235-3960.

Seed money for Wellesley gardeners

Wellesley Townsman by Cathy Brauner Posted Aug 25, 2016 

4C Garden Project

On June 9, 2016, the NRC was honored to receive a grant from The Fund for Wellesley, an endowed fund of the Foundation for MetroWest, to support the 4C Garden Project. We could not be more thrilled and thankful!

The Natural Resources Commission would like to express its sincerest gratitude to The Fund for Wellesley founders, donors, staff, Community Board and Board of Trustees for their support of the “4C” Garden project at the Weston Rd. community gardens. Their gift of $1,000 means they understand just how important the community gardens are to the Town, and how they can bring people together in extremely positive ways.  

This project was an incredible collaboration between existing members of the Weston Rd. Community Garden, Wellesley Council on Aging, the Village Church, Wellesley Housing Authority, Wellesley Youth Commission, and NRC. 

These funds will supply plants, tools, and water, as well as transportation for the gardeners from their homes at Morton Circle. The food grown will bring a sense of pride and fresh food to the gardeners' plates; any excess food will support the Wellesley Food bank. Finally, this financial support will help build relationships, create hours of volunteer opportunities, and promote parkland access to underserved members of our community. 

The Natural Resources Commission and its partner groups intend to continue to think creatively about programming and activities to ensure that everyone in our community benefits from NRC lands, including the treasured community gardens.  Thank you again for your support.