Medfield is a unique community offering a rich history, natural beauty, safe neighborhoods and superior educational opportunities. We are also a caring community that is supported by visionary citizens who are continually looking for ways to make life better for everyone.
The mission of Medfield Foundation, Inc. (MFi) is to enrich the lives of Medfield residents and build a stronger community by supporting private fundraising initiatives that address un-met public needs. As a community foundation, we have had the privilege of working with many organizations and individuals in our town to raise over $1.8 million dollars that has been directed back to Medfield since our inception in 2001.
We host a variety of events that encourage volunteerism and support philanthropic giving including the MFi Angel Run, Volunteer Recognition Awards and the MFi Youth Leadership Program. Some additional initiatives that we have supported include:
These have complemented other volunteer-led efforts in town including school improvement projects, land acquisition, and arts and cultural events.
As we look to the future, we anticipate additional challenges that will need to be addressed based on what we are seeing today in our community and their potential impact:
Housing – first-time home buyers, seniors and “empty-nesters” struggle to find suitable homes in a competitive market and potential 40B housing is a wildcard that could change the housing landscape
Open Space vs. Development – whether it is the future development at the Medfield State Hospital or other land acquisition for conservation, open space vs. development will have a meaningful impact on Medfield for many years to come
Education – the quality of education in Medfield attracts new families to town but the potential for mass influxes could strain the system. Plus, data and trends indicate youth face a newly recognized need for mental health support and other services
Support Services – the recent increase in subsidized housing and other economic shifts have created financial hardships and put a burden on town services. Organizations such as the Food Cupboard are critical to families and operate without financial support from town government
This is what we see today that may impact the community in the future but the future is unpredictable. In the midst of this uncertainty we seek to build a permanent resource that can deal with the impact of potentially drastic changes to the town. In no way is this permanent resource intended to deal directly with these major issues themselves but rather to assist with the repercussions of what happens to our town and its people with the goal of building a stronger community.
As our town continues to grow and evolve, we are seeking ways to build on the history and spirit of generous giving in Medfield by empowering donors who want to make a difference in their community now and in the future.
This year, in partnership with the Foundation for MetroWest, we are establishing the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund. The goal is to create an endowment that can be utilized to support community-driven projects that will ensure a strong and vibrant community and be responsive to diverse needs and voices. We will be actively collaborating with the community to seek out new ideas and approaches to addressing “unfunded” needs once the endowment is established.
As a community foundation, we have the ability to support town agencies in addition to 501(c)(3) nonprofits. The endowment fund will not be a substitute for public support of the town’s operating and capital budgets or seek to replace other well-established fundraising efforts. Rather, MFi will use a grantmaking process to support projects that go beyond what is essential by fostering initiatives and programs that ensure that Medfield remains a town of unique character and value.
Some ways that we envision the MFi Legacy Fund can support the community include but are not limited to:
By making a contribution to the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund, you are helping to build an endowment that strengthens the community while creating pride of place among residents today and for years to come.
How can I make a contribution? You may donate by check, credit card, stock, mutual fund or real estate gift, or through a donor-advised fund or private foundation. The Foundation for MetroWest staff can work with you and your financial advisor to review various planned giving options. Gifts may qualify for charitable donation tax benefits. Consult your tax advisor.
We are establishing an endowed Fund at the Foundation for MetroWest in order to provide a permanent resource for grant-making in Medfield. Once the fund is established, the MFi Board will accept proposals through an open application process. We will welcome applications from private and public organizations with ideas for innovative programs and projects to benefit Medfield residents. All applications will be reviewed fairly and competitively by the MFi Board.
Looking to make a high-impact donation that will truly support Medfield over the long run? Become a Founder today!
As an endowed fund, the principal will remain as a permanent asset for Medfield’s benefit into the future. Each year, spending will be limited to a fixed percentage of the fund, leaving the rest to continue to build for years to come. Distributions keep pace with new and emerging needs, and will be targeted to address social, cultural, environmental and educational issues confronting the Town and its residents. The endowment will be professionally invested by the Foundation for MetroWest.
The Foundation for MetroWest connects philanthropic opportunity with demonstrated need in MetroWest. The Foundation promotes philanthropy in the region, helps donors maximize the impact of their local giving, serves as a resource for local nonprofit organizations, and enhances the quality of life for all of our citizens. Since 1995, the Foundation has invested in the people and charitable causes of MetroWest and distributed over $10 million in grants to the community. For more information, please visit online at www.foundationformetrowest.org
For more information about the MFi Legacy Fund, please contact Evan Weisenfeld, MFi President by email or phone, (508) 740-4367.