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The mission of the Community Foundation is to enable donors to give back to our community by establishing various types of charitable funds. We offer these services through a very small but efficient staff and a business plan that maximizes efficiencies while reducing costs.

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The Community is where we work, where we play, where we raise our children, where we call home. It is our responsibility as citizens to exercise good stewardship within our communities. Live locally and give locally to preserve the quality of life in our towns through these challenging times. The economic climate has impacted nearly everyone in some way. As the financial security of local citizens wavers there is a rippling effect in the community. Nonprofit organizations and small local businesses alike suffer as cash flow fluctuates. We need to shop locally or the small businesses that are the fabric…

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Philanthropy Matters. Philanthropy Works. Anyone can be a philanthropist at any time, in any amount. Established by the Board of Directors in 1997, the Middlesex Enhancement Fund is available to all donors to make gifts of any size. Over the years the Fund has grown substantially with memorial, anonymous and other gifts. Grant making is the most direct and effective way the Community Foundation works with donors to support the community in which we live, work and play. This Fund supports grants to meet current needs and improve conditions in the county. The Community Foundation is limited only by your…

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The Leadership Circle is a committed group who supports our work in the community so that CFMC can continue its efforts to invest in the community through grants for our incredible nonprofits. In 2006, several Community Foundation supporters initiated a giving circle fund known as the President’s Society to support general operations. These generous donors make contributions of $1,000 or more annually to Operations in support of the work of the Community Foundation. A second Leadership level, the Chairman’s Circle was established with annual gifts to operations of $2,500 or more annually. Recently, in recognition of several long-time CFMC supporters,…

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The Nonprofit Resource Center at the Community Foundation of Middlesex County The Nonprofit Resource Center helps build viable, efficient and successful nonprofit organizations by offering professional development through training, grant research tools, leadership development, and resources. The goal of the CFMC Nonprofit Center is to help strengthen nonprofits and build their capacity to serve their clients more efficiently. Participants include nonprofit staff, board members, volunteers and potential donors. Services include: Morning Musings, a  series of one and a half hour free workshops on nonprofit management basic principles; Seminars and in-depth courses on nonprofit management for more experienced staff and organizations; Half-day…

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Philanthropy Matters. Philanthropy Works. 1 dollar a day ~ 365 dollars a year. Invested in Middlesex County. What can a dollar a day do? Take $1 a day for 365 days, you have $365. Join with friends, neighbors, businesses, each bringing $365 to the table … a group of 10 creates $3,650; a group of 100 creates $36,500; and it grows and grows and grows. A dollar a day can accomplish a great deal. Why the 365 Fund? Because anyone can be a philanthropist. The 365 Fund allows you to leverage your dollars with others to support programs and causes…

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It is no surprise that the tagline of Caritas Immigration Legal Services (CILS) is “a community of welcome … a community of support.” CILS is a nonprofit organization providing legal assistance to low income immigrants in Middlesex County and truly embodies the Community Foundation’s mission to build a Better Today and Brighter Tomorrow – for all. CILS offers a wide array of services such as education regarding U.S. immigration laws, low bono legal representation, and connecting clients to community groups and organizations. CILS understands the many obstacles facing those who have chosen to make the journey to a new life…

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Honoring Q (Quentin) Williams We are all deeply saddened at the tragic and untimely death of Q Williams. The outpouring of stories and memories from family, friends, and colleagues emphasizes how many lives Q touched in his 39 years and how dear his community was to his heart. Q’s light, leadership, and passion will continue to guide us all forward, though. The community has rallied to honor his life by supporting both his family and the charitable causes he cared deeply about. Partnering with CFMC, friends and family have established a Fund at the Community Foundation to keep Q’s “philanthropic…

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There are so many ways to remember Judy Heiser. She was a tireless, talented, and compassionate member of her community and a beloved wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend to so many. Judy, a quiet but active leader, led a life centered around serving and being part of her community. She embodied “LIVE LOCAL” in all aspects of her life – from operating a small business on Main Street in Essex, to volunteering for local nonprofits, to coordinating annual parades and the Scarecrow Festival, to brightening the holidays for thousands of children and their families as “Mrs. Claus”…

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A Family Birthday Celebration Becomes a Gift to the Community … Forever! We are sure many of you (most of you) know Amy Hollis, the tireless and kind Executive Director of the Shoreline Soup Kitchen and Pantries. Those who know her admire her joy, dedication, and her love of community. You may not have met her husband, though. It is no surprise when we say … the same can be said about Scott. Together their kindness and goodwill truly know no bounds. Scott and Amy, with their daughters Katie and Sarah, began brainstorming meaningful ways to celebrate their 50th birthdays…

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Building for a Positive Future Consider all that makes a community – people, businesses, organizations, services, activities, environment, and so much more. Tying all of this together are the people committed to ensuring everyone has opportunities to grow and thrive. Tri-Town Youth Services Bureau Inc. (TTYSB) is committed to working with individuals and groups throughout Chester, Deep River, and Essex to ensure everyone has access to programs and services that empower us, as individuals and a community, to make positive choices for a healthy community and future. As a Youth Services Bureau, TTYSB is committed to fostering a community of…

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Helping Neurodiverse Young Adults Achieve their Dreams Alexandra Dilger lived a rich and fulfilling life despite personal challenges with depression and anxiety.  She was witty, determined to succeed, and driven to achieve greater independence.  Part of her vision was to get a job where she could excel … enter A Little Compassion.  Alexandra was one of the first participants in the programs offered by A Little Compassion/The Nest, a Deep River nonprofit organization which provides authentic and enriching employment and social opportunities for neurodiverse young adults. Everyone loved being around Alexandra and her parents, Gale and Patrick, wanted to create…

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