Community Fund for Wellesley


Who We Are

The mission of the Community Fund for Wellesley is to promote the common good and to benefit all residents of our town. We serve as a permanent source of funding to foster innovation and collaboration in support of community needs and opportunities.

The Community Fund for Wellesley was established in 2008 in celebration of Wellesley’s 125th birthday. A dedicated group of town residents had a vision to create a fund that would exist to benefit members of the Wellesley community for generations to come. Over the past 12 years, we have made grants of over $600,000 to more than 30 local non-profits and Wellesley town departments.

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In 2020, The Community Fund for Wellesley has embarked on an ambitious grant-making program, the goal of which is to positively address mental health issues in Wellesley. By awarding more substantial grants to effectively support a limited number of projects and initiatives, we hope to increase our potential for meaningful impact.

This grant program will be by invitation only.

The Community Fund for Wellesley also supports the Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) Program, offered in Wellesley by the Foundation for Metro West. YIP is an experiential leadership development program designed to empower and educate local youth to become our community’s next generation of philanthropists–those who give their time, talent and treasure for the common good.

Foundation for MetroWest Youth in Philanthropy

To support the Wellesley Youth in Philanthropy Program

Wellesley Conservation Council, Inc

To widen existing trails and establish new trails on three Council properties

Wellesley Free Library

To support the renovation of the Fells Branch library, specifically for the creation of a dedicated early learning space with materials for 0-6 year olds

Wellesley Health Department

To support transportation for low-income residents; specifically, for children who received scholarships from Wellesley Friendly Aid to attend summer camps, and for low-income individuals and families in need of transportation to social service agencies, court, and other locations

World of Wellesley

To support a hands-on multicultural festival whereby K-5 students and their parents will showcase, highlight, and celebrate world cultures represented throughout the Town of Wellesley

Seniors Wellesley Theatre Project

Funded by the Al Robinson Fund for the Arts Grant to purchase sound equipment for WTP's community outreach group, iMPACT!

Out MetroWest

To support Umbrella’s Wellesley meetings, which provide a safe space for teens to connect with transgender and gender non-conforming peers and adult mentors.

Special Olympics Massachusetts

To support Wellesley High School's Unified Champion school program.

Town of Wellesley – IT Department

To add Texthelp's Browsealoud service to the Town's website.

Wellesley Friendly Aid

To support Wellesley Connects, an all-volunteers mentoring program, in its first year at Wellesley High School.

Wellesley Recreation Department

To support the first-ever family campout in Wellesley.

Wellesley Scholarship Fund

To support the development of an online Town Common Scholarship and Financial Aid Application.

Wellesley Choral Society

Funded by the Al Robinson Fund for the Arts Grant to enhance the social engagement of seniors in concerts

Wellesley Natural Resources Commission

To Support a multi-organization Community Garden program

OUT MetroWest

To support training for Peer leaders and adult advisors

Wellesley Council on Aging

To provide consulting for outreach opportunities to younger seniors

Wellesley Recreation

To support Community Day for Adaptive Kayak Instruction

Foundation for MetroWest Youth in Philanthropy

To support the Wellesley Youth in Philanthropy Program

Wellesley Housing Authority

To purchase 4 picnic tables, stands and umbrellas for WHA sites

Wellesley Players

Funded by the Al Robinson Fund for the Arts Grant to fund Show Tickets and refreshments for children and families

Wellesley Free Library

To support ESL Continuation

Communities for Restorative Justice

To support the Restorative Justice partnership w/ Wellesley Police

Massachusetts Horticultural Society

To support the Garden to Table Initiative

Wellesley A Better Chance Program, Inc.

To purchase Customer Relations Software to build capacity

I'm Still Here Foundation

To fund Dementia Inclusion & Support Programs

World of Wellesley

To support the Diversity Conference

Executive Service Corps of New England

To support the Lecture Series for Seniors

Northeastern University - Wellesley TOPSoccer

To support Inclusive Soccer Programs

Foundation for MetroWest Youth in Philanthropy

To support the Wellesley Youth in Philanthropy Program

Wellesley Friendly Aid

To fund a Consultant for Campership Fundraising

Wellesley Hills Junior Woman's Club

To support the Wonder Run Road Race

Wellesley Recreation Department

To fund Morses Pond Boat access improvement

Town of Wellesley

To support ESL Continuation

Wellesley Friendly Aid

To fund Camperships

Babson College

To support the Barton Road After School Collaboration

Al Robinson Fund for the Arts Grant


Wellesley Youth Commission

To support Project Moves

How Can I Help?

By making a contribution to Community Fund for Wellesley, you are helping to build an endowment that strengthens the community, creating pride of place among residents today and for years to come.

If you have questions on how you can help, please send us an email.

Founders Campaign

We are grateful to our Founding Members, and to subsequent donors, for their support of our mission. The Founders early commitment expanded our opportunities to make an impact in the community. With their and others continued support, we have successfully established an important source of community philanthropy and catalyst for new ideas to keep our community strong.

Tracy & Ken Accardi
Marsha & Patrick Ahearn
Femina & Ejaz Ali
Marlene Allen
Angelika Angino
Heidi & Richard Angle
Amy Axelrod & Jeff Struzenski
Babson College
Katherine Babson
Darcey & Chris Bartel
Betsy & Karl Baumann
Susan Berry & Brian Moynihan
Amita & Samir Bhatt
Barbara & Ted Bloom
Boston Private Bank & Trust Company
Helen & Norm Boucher
Maureen & Edward Bousa
Jane Brock-Wilson
Brookline Bank
Valerie & Steven Buller
Captain Marden’s Seafoods
Chrissy Cassa
John & Linda Kondo Chapman
Jeffrey Choney & Pamela Dippel Choney
Jim & Donna Conlin
Laurie & Brian Conroy
Sarah & Robert Croce
Hope & Louis Crosier
Custom Designs, Inc.
Laura & Simon Davidson
Judith & Kevin Donnelly
Pamela & David Donohue
Susan & John Doran
Eagle Investment Systems
Becky & Bruce Epstein
Virginia Ferko & Mark Cohen
First Financial Trust
First Republic Bank
Trina & Thorp Foster
Maria & Hawk Furman
Ellen Gordon
Madeleine Grant
Rowie Gray
Wendy Haering
Janeen & Steven Hansen
Arnold & Carol Haynes
Haynes Management, Inc.
Terry & Mike Hluchyj
Laura & Bob Hockett
Elizabeth & Francis Hunnewell
John & Patricia Isley
Sandy Joseph
Lucy & John Kapples
Kathy & John Kaufmann
Susan & Brian Kavoogian
Betsy & Rusty Kellogg
Kate Kellogg & Randy Peeler
Dona & Michael Kemp
Chris & Ruth Keyes
Susan & Julian Lange
Alan & Ellen Ledley Korpi
Dottie & Phil Laughlin
Michele & David Livingston
Lower Falls Wine Co.
Laurel & Stephen Lyle
Karin & Peiman Mahdavi
Janet & David Mannheim
Karen B. & Brian Mariscal
Peter McAvinn
Sheila Gunn McCormack
Lou & Peg Metzger
Middlesex Savings Bank
Carol & Greg Mills
Catherine & Christopher Milton
Jeff & Patty Mitchell
Jack & Linda Morgan
Kristin & Steve Mugford
Lauren & David Murphy
Maura Murphy & Michael Racette
Beth & Bill Nast
North Hill
Christine Oliver & Robert Hale
Kim & Ernie Parizeau
Caren & Randy Parker
Priscilla & Tony Parker
Janet & John Pattillo
Wendy & Jim Paul
The Paul and Edith Babson Foundation
Alice & Tom Peisch
People’s United Bank
Pinnacle Residential Properties, LLC
Ilissa & Lon Povich
Mary & John Power
Burkey & Stan Pratt
Patti Quigley
Shannon & Derek Redgate
Albert S. Robinson
Michelle & Richard Rosmarin
Rutledge Properties
Susan & Matthew Ryan
Judy & Tony Salerno
Peter & Nancy Saperstone
Rhoda & John Schwarz
Barbara Searle
Susan & Jerry Slavet
Lynne & Gary Smith
Jennifer & Tom Snyder
Lynda Sperry & Bill Wiberg
Joanne & Richard Spillane
Helen & Edward Stewart
Eileen & James Stokes
Judy Swahnberg & Carl Novotny
Kathan Tracy
Susan & Leo Troy
Terri Tsagaris & Wayne Bennett
Jessica & Peter Walter
Harriet Warshaw
Wellesley Bank
Wellesley College
Wellesley Gentlemen’s Society
Wellesley/Walnut Street LLC
Karen & Bob White
Nancy & Bill Whitney
Laura & William Wilson
J. David Wimberly
Sue Wright
Mike & Debbi Young
Mariann & Andy Youniss

Stewards Campaign

The Stewards of The Fund for Wellesley will provide the capital to enable The Fund to continue addressing the opportunities and needs we see here in Wellesley today, tomorrow, and into the future.

Val and Steven Buller

Mason Smith and Gordon Green

Helen and Raymond Hamel, Jr.

Phil and Dottie Laughlin

Kathleen and Thomas F. Skelly

Susan Hurwitz and Miguel Lessing

Andrea and Thomas Ward

Robert Glowacky and Janney Wilson

Change Makers: YIP Campaign

Wellesley Youth in Philanthropy Campaign Change-Makers have committed to a gift of $5,000+ to help the Foundation for MetroWest and the Fund for Wellesley build a permanent fund to operate the Wellesley YIP program, so that this program will remain a fixture for Wellesley youth and local nonprofits forever.

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Alyce and Caleb Aldrich

Katherine L. Babson, Jr.

Don and Katie Bramley

Elizabeth and Todd Cook

Louis and Hope Crosier

Helen and Neal Goins

Jennifer and Barnet Helzberg

Brian and Susan Kavoogian

Stephen and Laurel Lyle

Mary Beth and Randy Mahoney

Oechsle Family Foundation

Marianne and Ron Renaud

Peter and Jackie Segall

Tripp and Betsy Sheehan

Ellen and Ram Subramaniam

Susan and Sam Tillinghast

Peter and Jessica Walter

Wellesley Community Board

The Community Fund for Wellesley’s Board is comprised of individuals who reside or work in Wellesley and who represent the diverse aspects of the community. This allows the Fund to maintain a broad perspective on the town’s needs and opportunities. The Community Board is also responsible for reviewing and assessing grant proposals from local nonprofits to determine which will receive funding support.

Liz Cua

Liz and her husband, Chris, moved to Wellesley in 1994. Their children, Lily and Christopher, graduated from Wellesley High School in 2007 and 2011. Liz is a practicing radiologist at Atrius Health in Boston. Liz’s volunteer efforts include various non-profits in the Boston area.

Sree Balamurugesh

Sree Balamurugesh has been a Wellesley resident since 2006 and her two daughters graduated from the Wellesley Public School system. Sree has had extensive professional experience and significant executive leadership accomplishments in business in philanthropy. Sree helps oversee the digital division of Small Army Media and is a partner at Sree Power Agencies and Reefer Power Corp. Prior to these roles, she has managed various diversified clients, from international exports like Vennila Tex Exports to nonprofit organizations educating girls in Afghanistan (Razia’s Ray of Hope) to educating and empowering children about microfinance (One Hen, Inc.). Sree has served on the boards of Friends of Dana Farber, Wellesley Education Foundation, and several advisory boards. She holds dearly her role as the parent coordinator for the Comp. Girls team at Community Rowing Inc. With her natural affinity for cultivating relationships, and convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals, Sree enjoys being part of the community and helping through any means she can! She applies qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for progress to strategic efforts and is highly driven to making a difference in the organizations is a part of! 

Ellen F. Gibbs

Ellen has served in a volunteer and elected capacity in Wellesley for more than two decades. She recently retired from the Wellesley Board of Selectmen after serving 9 years. During her tenure, Ellen dealt with a wide range of matters and helped to advance important initiatives involving multiple Town boards, a broad spectrum of many public and private institutions and organizations at the state, regional and local levels.

Ellen and husband David, an attorney, moved to Wellesley in 1992. Their two children are in graduate school. Prior to her municipal work, Ellen worked as a Project Director for the MA Department of Public Health. She is co-owner and manager of a small real estate investment company and holds degrees from Tufts University and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Mary Beth Mahoney

Mary Beth has been a Wellesley resident since 1977 and attended Wellesley High School, Dartmouth College, and Babson College for her MBA. Her 33 year career first as a private banker and then as a wealth advisor started at BayBank.  She spent 12 years with Boston Private Bank and has now been with Wellesley Investment Partners, a subsidiary of Wellesley Bank, for 5 years. Mary Beth and her husband Randy have 3 adult children: Meghan, Caitlin and Kevin.

Tom McGovern

Tom moved to Wellesley in 2016 with his wife, Kate, and one-year old son, Miles. They welcomed a daughter, Rose, in 2018. Tom grew up in New Hampshire and attended Boston College and Fordham Law School. He is now a lawyer specializing in commercial real estate and corporate finance. When not spending time with his family, Tom enjoys golfing and fishing and is an active member of Sakonnet Golf Club and Brae Burn Country Club. Tom and Kate look forward to raising their kids in Wellesley and hope to give back to the community that has already given them so much.

Lisa Novakoff

Lisa has worked as a mental health nurse for the past 32 years, providing direct care and teaching. Lisa feels strongly about education, prevention and rehabilitation when it comes to mental health and believes our communities need to do more to support this. Currently, she serves on the advisory board for Elliot House, a rehabilitation program for people with chronic, debilitating mental health issues because she thinks it is important to support the resources in her own community that provide a safe and nurturing place for people living and working in Wellesley. Lisa teaches in the baccalaureate nursing program at Regis College, is a graduate of Simmons College and received a master of science in nursing from the University of Massachusetts.


Wendy Paul

Wendy and her family have lived in Wellesley since 2001. After years of work in health care and outcomes research administration, Wendy’s focus upon moving to Wellesley from Los Angeles has been in supporting her community and non-profit organizations. Wendy has served as President of the PTOs at PAWS and Bates Schools, on the Executive Board of the Central Council of PTOs and Treasurer and President of Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club. Most recently, Wendy completed six years (2011-2017) on the Wellesley School Committee, serving as Vice-Chair three years and liaison to the Permanent Building Committee for the Fiske & Schofield renovation and School Security projects. Wendy has been a Town Meeting Member since 2011, is a Board Member at the Walker School in Needham, focusing on capital projects, and serves on the Security Task Force at Temple Beth Elohim. With her husband, Jim, she enjoys being the parent of and trying to keep up with two busy Wellesley High School students.

Tina Chen

Tina Chen, her husband Justin, and their children Olivia and Owen moved to Wellesley in 2018.  Tina is the Director of B2C Sales Enablement at Wayfair.  Prior to moving to Wellesley , Tina and family were based in Asia where she worked as a management consultant at McKinsey, advising clients across Asia and the Middle East, with focus on growth strategy and family-owned business management.  Tina holds a BA in Applied Mathematics from Harvard College and a JD from Harvard Law.   

Beth Shedd

Beth is a passionate connector, volunteer and photographer and has lived in Wellesley since 1989. She’s been an active member of Wellesley’s Service League, PTOs, Mother’s Forum and Gardner’s Guild and has served on numerous town committees over the years. She is the owner of Beth Shedd Photography and loves photographing people in and around Wellesley as well as working with its many town organizations: the Council on Aging, Board of Selectmen, Country Club, Town Band, Wellesley Weston Magazine, Wellesley Hills Living Magazine etc. Beth and her husband, Chris, have two daughters – one a junior at UVM and the other teaches 3rd grade in Chicago.


Mike Stephens

Mike has lived in Wellesley since 2014 with his wife, Hadley, and their two sons. He is an Investment Officer at Fiduciary Trust Company, where he helps successful families and institutions reach their financial goals. He has also spent time involved in a number of other business ventures in hospitality, private equity, and consulting. He is also a member of the Financial Planning Association and is an alumnus of Columbia and Cornell Universities. Mike joined the Community Board in 2016 and particularly appreciates the local nature of the fund and being able to see firsthand the impact of the grants the fund makes.


Johanna Cahoon

Johanna and her family moved to Wellesley in 2018 after living in New York City for nearly 20 years.  Johanna worked as a second grade teacher in the New York City public school system.  Always an active volunteer, Johanna has been involved with numerous New York based non profit organizations and a variety of academic institutions.  She received her BA from Connecticut College, MA in Art History from Hunter College and MA in Childhood Education from New York University. 

Civic Founders

We are grateful to our Founding Members, and to subsequent donors, for their support of our mission. The Founders early commitment expanded our opportunities to make an impact in the community. With their and others continued support, we have successfully established an important source of community philanthropy and catalyst for new ideas to keep our community strong.