The Medfield Foundation (MFi) is a 100% volunteer run 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable corporation whose mission is to enrich the lives of Medfield residents, build a stronger community, and facilitate the raising and allocation of private funds for public needs in the town of Medfield.
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.