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CFMC — Legacy Provides for the Future

At the Community Foundation of Middlesex County, we are fortunate to work with many community members who have a deep passion and commitment to improving the quality of life for all, for today and for tomorrow. We help turn their desire to create a legacy of giving into a charitable fund that has a very Read More →


Diana Gregory

Diana Gregory Joins Board of Directors

Welcome, Diana Gregory. We are so pleased to have Diana on the CFMC Board of Directors. She has extensive business experience and brings a passion for education and commitment to the community. After many years with Southern New England Telephone Company, Diana decided to embark on a career closer to her passion for education — by working as a Read More →


CFMC accepting nominations for Local Leaders, Local Legends awards

At the Community Foundation of Middlesex County we are so fortunate to be surrounded by “Good People Doing Great Things”.  Every day we are reminded that everyone in our region truly cares about our friends and neighbors and where we live, work and play. Late last year the Community Foundation inaugurated its Local Leaders, Local Read More →


Community Foundation of Middlesex County

Living Local, Giving Local with Passion and Partnership   

At the Community Foundation of Middlesex County, we are privileged to know and work with so many local residents who are committed to making a difference and improving the quality of life for all in each and every one of our towns.  We celebrate people like Old Saybrook resident Sally D’Aquila, whose passion for and dedication Read More →


CFMC — Local Is Community

At the Community Foundation of Middlesex County, we believe that grassroot alliances build better communities. We help neighbors help neighbors by connecting valued donors with worthy causes. We target their giving so it supports a passion or area of interest and does the maximum good. We help improve the quality of life for all in Read More →


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The Power of Women Builds Better Communities

March is Women’s History Month, and it’s just amazing what women can do! They inspire and lead; they mentor and protect; and when they join forces and set a goal, there are no limits to what they can accomplish. At the Community Foundation of Middlesex County, we’ve witnessed firsthand the power of women. Fifteen years Read More →


Only Willard Could …

For each of us, on the day we met Willard McRae, the stars were aligned. To know him, to work with him, to serve with him meant that, for all of us, each day of knowing – and loving – Willard McRae was a day in which life was very good. We learned so much Read More →


James Family Documentary Film Project is underway

It took three generations to create a family legacy. It’s only taken months to begin telling that story in film. It has been a very busy fall (2015) for the documentary film project “For Dear Mother’s Sake: The James Family Letters that Shaped Ann Petry.” Liz Petry and her cousins Ashley James and Kathryn Golden Read More →


CFMC — Enriching Your Community

At the Community Foundation of Middlesex County, we know that it is the little things that count, that can change a community and improve the quality of life for all. Working together –we feed the hungry, shelter families, teach young and old to read, preserve local history and land, help people of all ages explore the Read More →


New Faces and Longtime Friends at the Community Foundation

The Community Foundation of Middlesex County is fortunate to have an incredibly talented, committed Board of Directors working on behalf of our community. It is always difficult to say farewell when a Director’s term of service comes to an end. At its December 2015 Annual Meeting, CFMC’s Board of Directors celebrated and thanked two members Read More →


St. Luke’s Sends a Thank You and Some Great News

What does a grant look like? Sometimes it is as simple as a Thank You letter with some wonderful news. St. Luke’s Community Services received word of their 2015-2016 grant award at the same time they received some more good news — so they decided to say Thank You and Hooray in a single announcement. Read More →


A Time To Reflect, Take Inventory and Set Priorities

The New Year is a time for a fresh start, a time to reflect, take inventory and set priorities for the months ahead. At the Community Foundation of Middlesex County, we have been doing just that, working with our valued donors and local nonprofit partners to better understand the critical issues at hand, those that Read More →


CFMC — Passion Leads the Way

At the Community Foundation of Middlesex County we are so fortunate to be surrounded by “Good People Doing Great Things”.  Every day we are reminded that everyone in our region truly cares about our friends and neighbors and where we live, work and play. For more information on how your Passions can lead CFMC contact Read More →


CFMC — A Year in Review

Year end at the Community Foundation of Middlesex County is always a very busy time. This year, our 18th, is no different as we review the results from our 2015 partnerships and announce the programs and services that will receive funding in 2016. It’s a time to be grateful for not only our generous friends Read More →


CFMC Honors Two Local Leaders Local Legends

Director, McRae Recognized For Lifetime of Community Giving The Community Foundation of Middlesex County is pleased to announce that Arthur Director and Willard McRae are the recipients of the Sherry and Herb Clark Beacon of Philanthropy Award. Established in 2012 and named for the first recipients, Sherry and Herb Clark, the Sherry and Herb Clark Read More →


A Season of Giving Thanks

During this season of giving thanks, we are reminded on a daily basis of the numerous good things that are being done by so many to improve the quality of life for all in our communities.  We are grateful for our neighbors and friends who are giving of their time, their talent, and resources to Read More →


Making Every Community A Bully-Free Community

Did you know that one out of seven school-age children is either a bully or a victim of bullying? And that an estimated 160,000 children miss school every day for fear of intimidation or attack? Bullies are everywhere, on the playground, in the classroom, at the workplace and, more and more often, online.  In 2009, Read More →


Sweet Surprises: How an Ice Cream Cone Tin Led to a Powerful Partnership

Journalist, community volunteer and former CFMC board member Elisabeth Petry received an amazing gift from her mother, acclaimed author Ann Petry:  a cookie tin containing over 400 letters and photographs handed down through five generations of family. When Liz shared what she found with her cousins Ashley James and Kathryn Golden, co-founders of Searchlight Films, a Read More →


Community Foundation of Middlesex County

Volunteer-Based Organizations Dedicated to Education

It’s hard to believe that it’s “back to school time” – for students of all ages. So as children and adults head back to the classroom, let’s take this opportunity to salute the many, and varied, educational programs made possible by the dedicated work of our neighbors and friends in Middlesex County. Through partnerships with Read More →


Avery Fund

CFMC’s Avery Fund Raises Awareness for CDKL5

If it matters to you, it matters to us.  That’s one way we describe the Community Foundation of Middlesex County.  We are a “grassroots” organization, founded 18 years ago by a group of local residents who came together and pooled their resources to support issues that matter to people in Middlesex County. We continue that Read More →


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