Community Endowment of Lexington

Lexington Battle Green, or Lexington Town Common, where the opening shots of the Revolutionary War took place

Who We Are

The Community Endowment of Lexington enhances the quality of life for Lexington citizens. CEL awards grants to nonprofits and town agencies working in the areas of health and human services, arts and culture, the environment, and community building; provides ways for donors to give back and leave a legacy; and encourages innovative and collaborative solutions to issues facing Lexington, MA.

We were proud to present LexDoingGood, our first-ever event to connect the community with Lexington’s nonprofits and town agencies, October 22, 2022 at the Lexington Community Center. View the program book here, and join our mailing list to be notified about next year’s event.



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Lexington Community Board

A group of local Lexington residents form the CEL Community Board. These local residents represent the different demographics of our town, and together raise the funds for grantmaking in Lexington and decide on the most impactful grants for our community.

Ann Boese, PhD

Ann, and her husband, David Sheehan are originally from Minnesota and moved to Lexington in 1997, after Ann completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at Boston University. They have two sons; a junior at Lexington High School and a junior at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Professionally, Ann trained and worked in the Greater Boston area through Harvard Medical School and The Cambridge Hospital, concentrating in child and adolescent psychology, with an academic focus on the topic of resiliency. Over the past decade, she has been involved in numerous community non-profit organizations. She currently serves as: a Board Member and Communications Chair, the Cary Memorial Library Foundation; an Advisory Board Member for the Lexington Education Foundation (past Co-President and past Vice-President of Communications); and she is pleased to be a member of the Governance and Grant Review Committees for the Community Endowment of Lexington. Ann has also been involved in numerous local and state political campaigns, both chairing and working in communications and strategy. A member of Ateliers 28 & 29 at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, Ann has exhibited her photography locally at Cary Memorial Library and the Lexington Arts and Crafts Society, as well as the DeCordova Museum in Concord, the Arlington Center for the Arts and the Atelier showcases at the Griffin.

Lisa Boehm

Lisa Boehm is a senior marketing communications, project management and development practitioner who has worked in the high technology, higher education, and non-profit sectors. Most recently, she worked at Harvard’s T. H. Chan School of Public Health as a project and grant manager.

Since moving to Lexington with her family in 1998, she has been involved in the Lexington community. She was the Community Relations Board Member for Community Nursery School, Membership Chair and then President of the Bridge PTA; Vice President of Communications and a Corporate Outreach Officer with LEF; Board Member and MICCA Co-Chair for FOLMADS; and the Chair of Pilgrim Congregational Church’s Christian Education Committee as well as spearheading outreach projects for underserved populations. She also participates in Lex Pride’s Faith Liaisons Coalition.

She was Co-Chair of the YES for Lexington phone banking and get out the vote program, and Co-Chair of Michelle Ciccolo for State Representative and Scott Bokun for School Committee’s Social Media Team. Three years ago, she co-founded Bridge Action Network for Democracy, an advocacy group addressing local, state, and national policy issues, including election reform.

Lisa and Jeff are CEL founding members and Lisa has been a member of Advancement Team and a Grant Review Committee participant for the past three years. She also tracks and helps manage the CEL Thank You Note Program.

She has a bachelor of fine arts from BU, a masters in business communications from Emerson College, and has been working part time on a masters of business administration from UMASS Boston.

Her husband, Jeff is the global marketing lead at a 3D printing company. Their son, Sammy, is a graduating senior at LHS who is heading to Connecticut College in the fall to study public health and join their NESCAC league Men’s Soccer Team. Their daughter, Chloe, graduated from Colby College and is in a PhD program at Colorado State University.

She enjoys gardening, singing, swimming and fitness, writing, and social justice advocacy.

Elizabeth Brach, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Brach, Ph.D. and her husband Jose Marcal moved to Lexington in 1983 and have had 4 children go through the Lexington Public Schools, for all or part of their educations.  Elizabeth is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and holds a Ph.D. in Child Development from Tufts University.

Following years of clinical practice, she started her own company as a federally certified woman owned small business, Brach Evaluation and Consulting, LLC. She worked as a grant-writer, project developer, and evaluation consultant to universities and non-profits to support federal or state reporting requirements on their funded projects.  Most projects that she worked with addressed educational equity issues relating to gender, race, and ethnicity in school districts and state educational agencies.  Clients also included federally funded magnet schools, statewide mentoring initiatives, and family support programs.

Serving on the Outreach Committee for the past 3 years has been a wonderful opportunity to learn about and support local initiatives that benefit the Lexington Community.

Thomas Brennan


Thomas Brennan is a partner at Posternak, Blankstein & Lund, LLP in the Corporate Department specializing in venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, and smaller public companies. Mr. Brennan has been a Lexington resident since 2008 where he lives with his wife and two school aged daughters. He is the President of the Lexington High School Field Hockey Boosters and has been a Town Meeting member 2015-2018.

Yifang Gong

Yifang Gong has been a Lexington resident for 20 years. He raised two children, both going through Lexington public schools. In March 2021, He became a town meeting member and joined the Town Celebration Committee in April. From the beginning of 2022, he joined the board of CAAL. He came to the US 30 years ago as a student studying jet propulsion. He has worked in academia and industry for over 20 years and co-founded a company in China more than ten years ago. He became a member of the outreach committee of CEL in fall 2021. He is active in the grant review process and reaching out to Chinese and other Asian communities. In his leisure time, he enjoys cooking and gardening.

Kimberly Hensle Lowrance


With more than 25 years working for and volunteering at nonprofits, Kimberly is experienced in directing mission-driven organizations, from finance and human resources to program development and strategic planning. Currently she is a freelance writer and consultant to nonprofits. She is also a member of and grant reviewer for The Philanthropy Connection; a Girl Scout Troop Leader; a PTA volunteer; the parent co-chair of Bridge Elementary School’s Site-Based Council; and a past member of the Board of Directors for LexFarm. She has lived in Lexington since 2011 and has two children in the Lexington Public Schools. Kimberly earned a BS from Boston University and EdM from Harvard University.

Elizabeth Kochi

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence has been a Lexington resident for 19 years. She joined CEL’s Grant Team and Outreach Committee last year. This is her second grant cycle. Jen’s three children went through the Lexington Public School system, graduating from Bowman, Clarke and LHS (#3 graduates this June). Much of her volunteer experience in town has centered around children. She co-founded and ran the Preschool PTA’s (now LexFUN) Annual Consignment Sale for several years, as well as the Bowman School’s annual Passport to the World international fair. She co-led LHS’s Little Lex debate tournament for two years and recently served as chaperone for LHS’s Model UN Team during the NAIMUN conference in Washington, DC. Jen’s work experience has centered around corporate and product strategy, helping consumer companies create innovative products and deliver customer-centered experiences. Last year she pivoted to the nonprofit space and secured a long-term consulting contract with a mental health nonprofit, helping guide their strategic planning process and implement their new strategic plan.

Roberta Messina

Roberta has been a Lexington resident most all her life and on the Board of Community Endowment of Lexington since 2016 where she has served as chair of the Outreach Committee. Her professional experience includes a career in public education and corporate Human Resources as well as her own organizational development, team and leadership consulting and coaching practice. She holds a Masters Degree in Educational Counseling and Career Development from the University of California and a certificate in coaching from The Hudson Institute of California. She has been a board member of several not for profit organizations including the North Suburban YMCA where she led the strategic planning process and PEER Servants serving on the Executive Committee. She has been a volunteer for Minuteman Senior Services and currently volunteers as a docent for Mount Auburn Cemetery.

Judy Pappo

Judy moved to Lexington in 1988 with her husband and daughter. She has been an active volunteer in the Lexington public schools serving in leadership roles on a variety of boards and committees. She has a BA in Anthropology and a MEd in Museum Education. Her background includes developing and managing programs for museums and higher education.

Mary Ann Sorel


Mary Ann is a lawyer, with expertise in corporate finance and corporate governance. She has previously worked as Junior Partner at Hale & Dorr (now WilmerHale), and as an associate at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, both in New York City and as special US counsel at Ashurst, London, England. Mary Ann holds a B.A. from Brown University and earned her law degree at the University of Michigan Law School, and she is a member of the New York State bar. She currently serves as Trustee and Vice-Chair of the Board, as well chair of the Committee on Trustees, of the International School of Boston in Cambridge, where her children have attended. She has served on the ISB Board for 8 years. Mary Ann also previously served as President of the Lexington Newcomers’ Club. Mary Ann and her husband Pierre have been residents of Lexington for 11 years, and they really enjoy the community and the rich history of Lexington. They have three children, the oldest of whom attends Lexington High School.

Jillian Tung, M.D., M.P.H.

Jillian Tung, M.D., M.P.H. has extensive nonprofit and volunteer experience, including: Lexington Semiquincentennial Commission (Lex250) – Music & Arts Representative; Lexington Council for the Arts, Co-chair; Boston Symphony Orchestra, including the Board of Advisors, Culture Assessment Steering Group, Steering Committee, Advisors Experience Council, Co-chair, and Boston Individual Giving Council; Lexington Symphony, Board of Directors; Friends of Lexington Music, Art & Drama Students (FoLMADS), including President, Board member, and Publicity Coordinator; and Lexington Field & Garden Club.


Angel Dance
Ken and Jane Ansin
Paula and Russ Antonevich
Elaine M. Ashton and Jarkko J. Hietaniemi
Pauline and Amos Benninga
Jean and Neal Birnberg
Lisa and Jeff Boehm
Elizabeth and Roger Borghesani
Elizabeth and Don Briggs
Deborah and David Brown
Suzanne and John Bruno
Carl and Suzie Byers
Alejandro Caro and Caroline Yang
Saeeda Carrimjee and Riaz Adamjee
Chinese American Association of Lexington
Ciccolo Family Foundation
Christina and Tim Cohen
Constance and Lewis Counts
Margaret Counts-Klebe and Skott Klebe
Judith and David Craver
Susan Culman
Ke Fang and Evan Fang
Finnegan Development
Jane Chen Fulop and Ric Fulop
Anne and Babak Ghayour
Christine and John Gordon
Kimberly and Michael Gruber
Kimya and Mike Harris
Shirley and Charles Hurwitz
Beverly and Peter Kelley
Trisha and Mike Kennealy
Ron and Alison Kermisch
Bob and Mary Etta King
Florence Koplow
Anne Kubik and Mike Krupka
Stephanie and David Lawrence
Lexx Restaurant (2004-2019)
Xinwei (Christine) Lin and Jianxin Gao
Kimberly Hensle Lowrance and Rob Lowrance
Dr. Yuci Ma, Specialist in Orthodontics
Stacey and David Mann
Innessa Manning and Karthik Ramanathan
Leslie and Colin Masson
Joy and Duncan McCallum
Roberta and Tony Messina
Stephanie and Michael Mitzenmacher
The Moodys
George and Beth Murnaghan
Corinne and Tim Noyes
Allison Mnookin and Cory Olcott
Evelyn and David Peterman
Cecilia and Jeff Porter
Sara and Greg Poulos
Gretchen and Christopher Reisig
Robert Rotberg
Amar and Deepika Sawhney
Susan Schiffer and James Barsoum
The Sheth Family
Mary Ann and Pierre Sorel
Victoria and Don Sullivan
Yike Tang
Yolanda and Brooks Taylor
Donna and Robert Vigoda
The Walsh Family
Nancy and Chris White
Linda and Richard Wolk
The Yan/Meng Family
Judith and Albert Zabin
Leslie and Sam Zales
The Zhu Family
Anonymous (3)

Grant Programs

Annual Competitive Grant Program

CEL's 2023 grant application process opens in January 2023 and applications will be due in March 2023. Please read our 2022 Grant Guidelines for more information. Previous grantees can be found below.

Capacity Building Grant Program

CEL launched its Capacity Building program in 2019, with support from the Ciccolo Family Foundation. Subsequent support for this initiative has come from the generosity of CEL’s donors. The goal of this program is to provide resources to help nonprofits invest in themselves and strengthen their organizations for sustainable growth, including such initiatives as infrastructure building, strategic planning, staff training, and more. Each autumn selected previous CEL grantees are invited to apply to this program, and awards are announced in December.

Grantees Include:

Discretionary Grant Funding

In times of need CEL responds by providing discretionary funding.

  • In 2021, CEL offered emergency assistance to three organizations. Supportive Living, Inc. received a grant to provide mental health counseling and education to staff and residents in their long-term care facilities. The Munroe Center for the Arts received funds to build structurally-sound tents for outdoor visual arts programming. Food Link also received a grant for food rescue and delivery in Lexington.
  • In 2022, CEL funded grants from its discretionary fund to two organizations: CALex received a grant to help underwrite a series of banners, featuring notable Asian Americans in celebration of AAPI Heritage Month that hung in the town center and Cary Memorial Library. CAAL received funding to support A Bridge Across: Celebration and Promotion of Asian Culture and History, a series of events focused on Asian culture through activities related to art, food, and history during the AAPI Heritage Month and beyond.

English at Large

This grant will help underwrite free, high-quality instructional programs for Lexington residents seeking English-language learning.

In Control Family Foundation

The foundation will initiate programs at Lexington High School and Diamond Middle School to improve communication and understanding around pickup and drop-off procedures for parents, school buses, staff, and students in order to minimize misunderstanding and unsafe practices.

Lexington Historical Society

CEL will help fund an upgrade of the interpretive elements of Buckman Tavern to allow for all different types of learners to experience one of the Society’s most visited historic sites.

Lexington Housing Assistance Board

With CEL’s support, LexHAB will launch the LexAppreciation Project, which aims to connect new and current LexHAB tenants more strongly with the community by offering them curated Lexington themed kits, filled with items from local Lexington small businesses and artisans as well as town resources.

Lexington Monuments & Memorials Committee

Executed by a team of LHS students with guidance from Professor Wei Ding and her colleagues at UMass Boston, this project will identify and locate lost and forgotten monuments and memorials and to store this information in a comprehensive database, maintained by the Town of Lexington, for access by residents and visitors.

Lexington Recreation & Community Programs

This effort will be planned by Lexington’s Youth Advisory Board, with oversight by Tom Romano, Youth & Family Program Coordinator at Town of Lexington, and will be focused on designing and implementing activities to provide a safe outlet for teens with or without disabilities to gather, socialize, and make new friends.


LexSeeHer will use CEL’s grant funding for the recreation of The Spinning Tableau, a 1769 protest whereby 45 women used spinning wheels to speak up against taxation.

Northeastern University

This project, completed in partnership with Supportive Living’s Douglas House and Youville, will develop and test the feasibility and impact of a pilot cognitive exercise group program on the well-being of residents with acquired brain injuries at Lexington’s Douglas House, looking at cognitive declines and psychological challenges caused by COVID-19 isolation.

The Lexington Observer

CEL’s grant support will fund the creation of Minuteman, an online resource focused on Lexington’s financial data, with an eye toward enhancing transparency by enabling residents to view town spending and revenue allocation over the years.

BINA Farm Center

Participants will learn how to prep a garden, plant, harvest and then sell items which will support learning stronger communication skills and supports our vocational training aspect of BINA.

Lexington 2020 Vision Committee

Lexington 20/20 Vision Committee conducts a town-wide survey every five years to determine resident consensus and a vision for the future of the town on topics including the environment, education, diversity, and more. This grant will support the design and disbursement of a flyer to all Lexington households to increase participation and diversity of response in the online survey.

Lexington Historical Society

Lexington Historical Society is passionate about preserving Lexington’s history and sharing it with the public. This grant will support the Society's commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the 1971 protest of the Vietnam War on the Battlegreen organized by the Vietnam Veterans Against the War, including a lecture with an author and panel discussion.

Lexington Zero Waste Collaborative

Lexington Zero Waste Collaborate is dedicated to raising awareness about the impacts of our consumption choices on the well-being of the Earth and all life on it. This grant will help launch two pilot initiatives: 1) a community-shared composting drop-off program hosted at two sites in town, tentatively to be called “Lexington Shared Organics Recovery Together” (LexSORT); and 2) a partnership with local restaurants to establish a Reusable Takeout program modeled after Grainmaker's returnable deposit system.


The role of LexHAB is to expand the Town’s inventory of affordable housing for rental to families of low and moderate income. This grant will support a marketing strategy campaign which will have multiple goals: to raise awareness of the need for affordable housing; to promote LexHAB’s status as a quality provider of affordable housing; to promote donating to LexHAB to increase capacity of affordable housing.


LexPride's mission is to develop community and advance full equality for LGBTQIA+ people and their families and allies in Lexington. This grant will fund two projects. The Rainbow Artists programs give an affirming space to LGBTQ+ youth and allies to support identity development and mental health. Rainbow Artists is a new program for youth ages 8-11 and 12-15 to engage in creative expression in a community of peers. The grant will also help fund varied Social Justice events to foster awareness, understanding, and inclusivity in Lexington. These impactful public programs are intersectional, giving them broad appeal.

LYFS (now YCC)

Youth Counseling Connection (formerly LYFS) provides free and accessible support to youth and families to improve emotional wellness. This grant will support YCC's continued work with a fundraising and marketing specialist who will work on building recognition and raising community awareness, as well as developing a more intricate and sustainable fundraising model for YCC to utilize moving forward.

The Nature Connection

The mission of The Nature Connection is to improve the wellbeing of individuals and communities through the therapeutic use of nature. The grant will fund therapeutic nature programs for children and adults in Lexington who are experiencing increased anxiety, spending more time alone indoors, living with a disability, and/or facing health challenges. Support from CEL will help cover a year’s worth of programming costs for new program partners in Lexington such as the Cary Memorial Library, Cooperative for Human Services, Pehlman Academy, and other potential sites.

Notelove Boston

NoteLove is a student-led nonprofit that provides free, accessible music education to everyone, with a focus on underserved students. This grant will help develop more resources for instructors, students, and parents to better support and supplement online lessons, and it will help fund their website and paid advertisements on various social media platforms to help promote their services.


Shadaj’s mission is to cultivate, nurture and promote Indian Classical Music in its most authentic form through intimate concerts, music appreciation sessions, as a platform for cultural integration and community outreach. This grant wil help fund technical equipment to support a fully virtual live streaming community outreach event involving world class musicians and musicologists who will participate in concerts and lecture demonstrations that will be free to Lexington residents.


Special Needs Arts Programs, Inc. provides people with disabilities opportunities that celebrate each person's unique abilities while cultivating creative expression, building peer relationships, and fostering self-esteem through life-enhancing activities in the arts. This grant will help support a Chorus Camp in July 2021. Chorus Camp is a four to five week intensive program which offers students greater autonomy, leadership and opportunities for solo singing.

Vinci Robotics Academy

Vinci Robotics Academy provides students with a robotics and STEAM education environment to grow and refine students' problem solving skills, team collaboration, and innovation spirits through a series of hands-on, interdisciplinary, and project-based programs. This grant will fund a collaboration of Autism Spectrum Disorder specialists from Nashoba Learning Group and MGH to structure a real-life project-based STEAM curriculum that can enrich students’ talent, build their confidence, and hopefully extend to more special needs schools. ASD is a rapid growing neurodevelopment disorder. Some ASD youth have special talent in robotics and CS, but their social deficit & behavioral issues impact their route to success.

William Diamond Jr

The William Diamond Corps promotes the study and history of fife and drum music. This grant will be used to develop the Corps's online presence, including investing in an entirely new website with a "public" side focused on recruiting new members, marketing the Corps' performance capabilities, and supporting fundraising efforts, and a "private" side to support members through organized "meet-ups" for mentoring, practice, and collaboration independent of our face-to-face rehearsals.

Chinese American Association of Lexington

The Chinese American Association of Lexington serves Chinese American interests in important town-wide activities and provides opportunities for members to engage with the Lexington community through volunteerism, networking, and social events. This grant will support a photo exhibition at Cary Memorial Library that reflects Asian citizens’ community activities to promote a culture of respect in the Lexington community regardless of ethnicity.

Food Link, Inc.

Food Link rescues fresh food, alleviates hunger, and contributes to environmental sustainability. This grant will support resources, including staff and volunteer time, necessary to help alleviate hunger in Lexington through expanded food collection and distribution.

Lexington Historical Society

Lexington Historical Society is passionate about preserving Lexington’s history and sharing it with the public. This grant will support the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II; the commemoration, offered in partnership with 10 local organizations, will consist of living history programs, lectures, displays, and a WWII plaque, installed at Cary Hall.

Lexington Housing Assistance Board (LexHAB)

LexHAB is committed to implementing alternatives for the provision of affordable housing in Lexington and to providing such housing to persons of low, moderate, and middle income. This grant will fund the LEXscape beautification project, which includes the purchase and installation of three sheds used to store equipment, facilitating tenants' ability to maintain a tidy exterior and enhancing the surrounding neighborhood.

Lexington Youth and Family Services (LYFS)

LYFS is dedicated to strengthening the safety net so that Lexington youth are healthier, more resilient, and feel better supported in their daily lives. This grant will support the provision of free, short-term therapeutic services to youth ages 6 to 22 and to families who cannot otherwise access mental health supports.

Special Needs Arts Programs, Inc.

Special Needs Arts Programs, Inc. provides people with disabilities opportunities that celebrate each person’s unique abilities while cultivating creative expression, building peer relationships, and fostering self-esteem through life-enhancing activities in the arts. The grant will support an art exhibit series, comprised of nine Special Artists art exhibits.

William Diamond Junior Fife & Drum Corps, Inc.

The William Diamond Junior Fife & Drum Corps perpetuates our nation’s historical music and promotes fellowship among musicians. This grant will fund the refurbishment and rebranding of 13 original drums, allowing drums to be used an additional 15 to 20 years and promoting the organization’s ties to the town of Lexington.

Food Link, Inc.

Food Link rescues fresh food, alleviates hunger, and contributes to environmental sustainability.

This grant will expand food deliveries to Lexington, increasing the number of agencies served in Lexington from three to five, as well as increase the amount of food provided to current agencies.

Lexington Arts and Crafts Society

Lexington Arts and Crafts Society encourages and inspires artisans at all stages of their creative journeys and promotes art in the community by providing studio space, gallery shows, classes and workshops.

This grant will support the Artisan’s Market, an annual two-day event in July.

Lexington Community Farm Coalition

Lexington Community Farm Coalition (LexFarm) connects the community to locally grown, organic food and sustainable farming practices while preserving historic farmland. LexFarm makes the landscape of a working farm accessible to community members of all ages and abilities through educational programs, community events, and volunteer opportunities, as well as its farmstand and CSA program.

This grant will support the hiring of an education consultant to develop a road map for a comprehensive, sustainable education program. The consultant will work with LexFarm leadership to assess the current program and develop expanded farm and environmental education.

Lexington Tourism Committee

The Lexington Tourism Committee promotes Lexington tourism as part of the economic development strategy to maximize revenues from Lexington’s visitors-based economy.

This grant will support the restoration of the diorama of the Battle of Lexington, which will be featured in the new Visitors Center and help visitors understand Lexington’s historic role in American history. The diorama will both be restored and made wheelchair accessible.


LexRAP supports and assists refugees and asylum seekers integrate into American society. This assistance includes a support network for housing, food, clothing, transportation, health care, education (especially English), employment, legal aid, and socialization.

This grant will support Hand in Hand Cafe, which provides local refugee women the opportunity to cook dinners for paying guests and has the goals of building community and understanding, as well as providing the women a chance to learn job skills related to the food industry.

Munroe Center for the Arts

Munroe Center for the Arts furthers the cultural and artistic education of the residents in the community.

This grant will support board members with instruction and training led by professionals, helping the MCA Board understand its roles and responsibilities and providing them with the necessary infrastructure and tools to undertake its work in support of the Center’s mission.

Nashoba Learning Group

Nashoba Learning Group enables children and adults with autism to function with the greatest possible productivity and independence in the community, home, and workplace throughout their lives.

This grant will support the Vocational Program, which strives to place students with autism in meaningful work opportunities, as it seeks to expand its reach of volunteer services to include Lexington.

Neighbor Brigade

Neighbor Brigade establishes community-specific networks of volunteers that can be mobilized to help residents facing sudden crisis manage day-to-day tasks such as meal preparation, rides, and basic household chores.

This grant will support a collaboration with Japanese Support Group of Lexington that would allow Japanese Lexington residents to participate in and contribute to volunteer activities with fellow Lexington residents in a meaningful and impactful way.

Shadaj, Inc.

Shadaj, Inc. cultivates, nurtures, and promotes Indian Classical Music in its most authentic form through intimate concerts, music appreciation sessions, and lecture demonstrations as a platform for cultural integration and community outreach.

This grant will support the East Meets West annual community outreach event, which facilitates cultural and musical exchange by inviting people from diverse cultural backgrounds to participate in a series of lecture-demonstrations and a concert.

Special Needs Arts Programs, Inc.

Special Needs Arts Programs, Inc. provides people with disabilities opportunities that celebrate each person’s unique abilities while cultivating creative expression, building peer relationships, and fostering self-esteem through life-enhancing activities in the arts.

This grant will support marketing efforts and the purchase of equipment (amplifiers, keyboard, and more) for SNAP’s musical performances.

Friends of Lexington Bikeways

The Friends of Lexington Bikeways promotes and supports biking and the shared use of bicycle routes in and around Lexington, MA.

This grant will support a tri-town community celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway that will feature events in Lexington, Arlington and Bedford, and along the bikeway.

Lexington Chamber Music Center

Lexington Chamber Music Center promotes the study of classical chamber music to help students become more accomplished musicians and find fulfillment in their musical lives.

This grant will support The Front Porch Project, aimed to explore intentionally slowing down and creating purposeful, organic community concerts on neighborhood front porches.

Lexington Historical Society

Lexington Historical Society is passionate about preserving Lexington’s history and sharing it with the public.

This grant will support a season-long celebration commemorating the centennial anniversary of the ending of WWI. The celebration will include lectures, exhibits, programs, and a panel discussion.

Special Needs Arts Programs, Inc. (SNAP)

Special Needs Arts Programs, Inc. provides people with disabilities opportunities that celebrate each person’s unique abilities while cultivating creative expression, building peer relationships, and fostering self-esteem through life-enhancing activities in the arts.

This grant is enabling SNAP to launch a pilot ceramics program for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Town of Lexington

The Town of Lexington is celebrated as the site of the first shots of the American Revolutionary War, and is now a vibrant community that is home to more than 31,000 individuals.

This grant will support the purchase tablets that are outfitted with a translation application to improve communication between town staff and Lexington residents and visitors whose first language is not English.

William Diamond Junior Fife & Drum Corps, Inc.

The William Diamond Junior Fife & Drum Corps is designed to promote the study of both music and history among young people, particularly the traditions of fife and drum music.

As part of the Corp’s first capital campaign, this grant will support the purchase of five new authentic-quality fifes and three hand-sewn uniforms, benefiting multiple generations of Lexington’s youth.

Friends of Minute Man National Park

The Friends of Minute Man National Park is an independent nonprofit organization supporting the Park’s mission through advocacy, education, fundraising, and volunteerism.

This grant will support the construction of the Parker’s Revenge Battle Site Trail Loop Project, a 1500-foot educational trail loop that will protect the area’s archaeological and ecological sensitivity.

Lexington Recreation and Community Programs Department

The Lexington Recreation and Community Programs Department strives to provide affordable, quality programs meeting the needs of the community. The Department promotes participation by all Lexington residents in safe, accessible, and well-maintained facilities.

This grant will support two CPR/First Aid/AED certification courses for Lexington residents, including one train-the-trainer course. This program will ultimately provide a safer community environment.

Lexington Youth and Family Services (LYFS)

LYFS’ mission is to promote healthy social and emotional development among Lexington youth and families by providing advocacy, prevention, and intervention services to keep youth safe.

This grant will help implement “Balancing on the Hyphen”, a six-part multicultural community education initiative designed to address generational and cultural divide issues. This program will be done in concert with The Korean Organization of Lexington (KoLex) and a Multicultural Sponsoring Board.

Munroe Center for the Arts (MCA)

The mission of the MCA is to further the cultural and artistic education of the residents of Lexington.

This grant will support the MCA’s The Refugee Diaspora project, an artistic collaboration intended to educate Lexington residents about the refugee experience. Through the arts and this program, the MCA hopes to promote local engagement.

Neighbor Brigade

Neighbor Brigade establishes community-specific networks of volunteers that can be mobilized to help residents facing sudden crisis manage day-to-day tasks such as meal preparation, rides, and basic household chores.

This grant will support volunteer growth and diversification in Neighbor Brigade’s Lexington chapter. By increasing volunteer engagement and diversity of volunteers in the areas of age, gender and ethnicity, the organization will better meet the needs of Lexington’s growing and diverse population, including all residents whom are facing temporary crises.

Supportive Living, Inc (SLI)

The mission of SLI is to raise the quality of life for survivors of brain injury. To achieve this mission, SLI develops appropriate and affordable supportive housing; provides life-long physical, cognitive and social fitness through wellness programs; and fosters research aimed at improving the lives of people with brain injury.

This grant will support the SLI Total Health Summer Camp in bringing together disabled and nondisabled Lexington residents in wellness programs.

The Children's Room

The Children’s Room creates safe, supportive communities so that no child, teen, or family has to grieve alone.

This grant will support the operations of a school-based peer support group for grieving teens on site at Lexington High School.

Lexington Community Farm Coalition (LexFarm)

Lexington Community Farm is a working farm that connects the community to local food and sustainable practices while preserving historic farmland. Using sustainable land management techniques that protect the farm's open space on town-owned conservation land, LexFarm grows and distributes vegetables through community-supported agriculture (CSA) and at its farm stand. Residents of all ages and abilities are invited to engage with the farm and the environment through hands-on education programs and volunteer opportunities. In addition, LexFarm accepts SNAP/EBT at the farm stand and donates approximately 10% of produce grown to families in need.

This grant will enable LexFarm to move to the next level in its organizational growth, providing consulting services for board development, an analytics dashboard and a business plan for long-term planning across the different program areas.

Lex Eat Together

Lex Eat Together recognizes that hunger and social isolation exist within Lexington and the surrounding communities. Their purpose is to offer a welcoming environment without question for anyone who comes to a weekly dinner. By providing a free, nutritious meal on a weekly basis to all who attend, in a manner and setting that recognizes and honors the dignity of every individual, Lex Eat Together can address the hunger in our midst and provide an equally important component of community: reducing isolation.

This grant will help Lex Eat Together pilot a transportation program for greater and broader access to their weekly dinners by those who do not have access to needed transportation.

Lexington Global Warming Action Coalition (LexGWAC)

LexGWAC's mission is to education and raise awareness of climate change and its impacts. They promote actions that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and safeguard the health of the planet for future generations. They accomplish their mission through a speaker series, a movie series and by working with Lexington town government to pass warrant articles to help Lexington address climate change.

This grant will enable LexGWAC to run a large scale "Sustainability Fair" coordinating initiatives by and for Lexington town government, businesses and residents and highlighting health, energy, resilience, and sustainability in the face of climate change.

Lexington Office of Public Health

Under the direction of the Lexington Board of Health, the mission of the Lexington Office of Public Health is to prevent disease and promote wellness in order to protect and improve the health and quality of life of its residents, visitors and workfoce.

This grant will enable the Lexington Health Department to do a quantitative tick survey in order to assess the risks to our community and provide an educational public health program for residents about tick-borne diseases.

Communities for Restorative Justice

Communities for Restorative Justice is a community-police partnership program. Their mission is to provide communities with a complement to the traditional judicial system, wherein: (1) victims of crime can interact in a safe environment with those who have harmed them in a safe environment; (2) offenders can better understand the impact of their actions; and (3) the community connections are strengthened.

This grant is enabling C4RJ staff to train additional Lexington police officers, raise community awareness of restorative justice and its benefits, and recruit and train local volunteers--resulting in a stronger, healthier community.

Domestic Violence Services Network (DVSN)

Domestic Violence Services Network provides direct and ancillary support services to domestic violence victims across MetroWest. . FACT #1: 1 in 3 women will experience domestic violence or sexual assault in her lifetime. FACT #2: 1 in 5 high school students reports being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner.

This grant is allowing the organizations, in partnership with the Lexington Police Department, to provide four Realistic Escape Strategies and Instinct-based Self-defense Training courses as Lexington High School.

Lexington Symphony Orchestra

Lexington Symphony is a professional orchestra of musicians who share a passion for classical music, a commitment to community engagement, and a dedication to exacting standards of performance, offering six concerts a year. The Symphony also reaches thousands of area youth through the Orchestrating Kids Through Classics program.

This grant is providing funding for the MovieMusic program, including a day of artistic family activities and an evening full-length concert featuring classic movie music.

Lexington Tourism Committee- Antony Park

Antony Park commemorates the relationship with Lexington's sister city, Antony, France. The park's design is based on historical French formal gardens and will be located in the seldom-used area of Tower Park. This outdoor space will be preserved and beautified for a place to revitalize, enjoy community events and performances or simply meet for a picnic or bagged lunch.

This grant will assist LTC in completing the park's construction, primarily the beautiful and anchoring stonework.

Special Needs Arts Programs, Inc. (SNAP)

For over 30 years, SNAP has worked to enhance the lives of individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities through direct involvement in the arts, resulting in a connected and warm community of artists, staff and volunteers.

This grant is enabling the expansion of the SNAP program and providing resources to enroll more students who are on the waiting list.

Advocates, Inc.

Advocates’ mission is to help people achieve their hopes and dreams within the fabric of their communities. Advocates offers human services and health care alternatives including residential supports for adults with disabilities, family supports, outpatient mental health and addiction services, psychiatric emergency services, and community justice services. The organization’s primary role in Lexington is focused on programming for adult survivors of brain injury. Advocates and Supported Living, Inc. are partners in providing appropriate housing and care for residents of Lexington’s Douglas House, adults with brain injuries.

This grant will allow Advocates to purchase an adaptive bicycle to be housed at Douglas House, for ongoing use with the goal of improving physical fitness and promoting wellness among adults with brain injury.

English At Large

English At Large provides individual and small group instruction through a volunteer network to adult immigrants and other newcomers who want to acquire English language sills as they adapt to life in the United States. In Lexington, EAL offers a One-on-One Tutoring program that provides individualized English instruction from volunteer tutors in addition to Conversation Groups, small groups led by volunteers that give intermediate to advanced English speakers the opportunity to practice their skills. The One-On-One program provides the personalized attention necessary to understand and capitalize on each learner’s strengths as a foundation for addressing their individual needs. Conversation Groups provide the critical opportunity for more advanced students to practice spontaneous, spoken English in a small, supportive group setting.

This grant will support the expansion of the organization’s programs in Lexington. In FY2013, there were 35 Lexington learners waitlisted for the Conversation Groups.

Lexington Friends of the Arts' Munroe Saturday Nights

Munroe Saturday Nights is Lexington’s only free performing and visual arts series. These monthly programs are open to the public for only a voluntary donation, and support and cultivate area artists. This season’s performances have included evenings of Chinese Music and Drama and dance fusion merging tap and traditional Indian dance.

This grant will support a presentation of a program highlighting the problem and risks of relationship violence as it impacts teens and young adults, and the increased accessibility of programming to reach underserved populations in Lexington.

Lexington Youth and Family Services

Lexington Youth and Family Services (LYFS) promotes healthy social and emotional development among Lexington youth and families by providing advocacy, prevention and intervention services to keep youth safe and enhance family functioning. LYFS provides barrier-free counseling to adolescents who might not otherwise access mental health support for depression, suicidal thoughts, and self-destructive behavior. This year LYFS expanded its suicide prevention services through its Lexington Asian Mental Health Initiative, a community education project that has resulted in student and parent surveys on stress and a community forum entitled “Balancing Stress and Success: An Asian American Perspective.”

This grant will be used for board training and strategic planning.


What is the Community Endowment of Lexington?

The Community Endowment of Lexington (CEL) was established in 2013 by Lexington residents as an initiative to build a permanent endowment to strengthen our community. CEL enhances the quality of life for Lexington citizens. CEL awards grants to nonprofits and town agencies working in the areas of health and human services, arts and culture, the environment, and community building; provides ways for donors to give back and leave a legacy; and encourages innovative and collaborative solutions to issues facing Lexington, MA.

CEL is an endowed fund of the Foundation for MetroWest. As such, it is a permanent, steady source of funding for the town of Lexington. Each year, spending is limited to a designated percentage of the endowment, leaving the rest to build for the future.

How will we make a difference in Lexington?

The Community Endowment of Lexington supports nonprofits and town agencies working to create solutions for current needs and implementing new ideas that will improve Lexington now and in the future.

How can I make a contribution?

You may make a gift to the Community Endowment of Lexington by check, stock, mutual fund or real estate, or through a donor advised fund or private foundation. The staff at Foundation for MetroWest can work with you and your financial adviser to review various planned giving options. All gifts qualify for the maximum tax benefit offered.