September Newsletter

karenAs we emerge from sunny summer days, we often have to hit the ground running with shifting schedules, priorities and fuller calendars. At the Chest, we face these more demanding days with excitement as we look forward to the new events and funding initiatives on our fall schedule.

This year we have moved our Women in Philanthropy Luncheon from the spring to Friday, October 14. The format of the event will be unique with a panel discussion focused on the connection between local and global giving. Panelists will include local residents sharing their inspiring stories of extraordinary leadership in the field of volunteerism and philanthropy.

The Chest has also launched a new funding opportunity titled adVentures in Philanthropy: An Innovation Challenge for Non-Profits Serving Concord and Carlisle. This initiative builds on the Chest’s long history of supporting and encouraging innovation as we work together to identify the best ways to help our neighbors in need.

The dedicated residents of Concord and Carlisle embody the power of what is possible when a community pulls together for the common good. It is these residents who have provided both the bedrock of support for our neighbors while continuing to innovate new programming and initiatives. The Chest was created 69 years ago with the belief that we are only as strong as our most struggling neighbor, and it continues to flourish because of the commitment of community members such as you.

Best wishes,

Karen Bechtel
Executive Director



Please Join Us
for the
6th Annual Women in Philanthropy Luncheon

An inspiring panel discussion on how local philanthropy and volunteerism is having an impact on global issues – and vice -versa.

Moderated by:
Maggi Alexander: Center for Global Philanthropy at The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI)

Andrea Hewitt and Sharon Carlson: Founders, Dignity in Asylum
April Stone: Founder, Clover Foundation
Alec Walker: Concord resident notable for his support of service groups at home and abroad

Friday, October 14, 2016
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Nashawtuc Country Club
1861 Sudbury Rd., Concord MA

Individual Tickets are $50
Tables of 8 are $400

Please click HERE to reserve your tickets


Featured Panelist: April Stone
The Clover Foundation

april-stoneApril Stone, formerly from Carlisle and more recently from Cambridge,has always been a dedicated volunteer and community member. April spent more than a decade volunteering at Open Table, where in 2012 she first met Salma Semakula , a Ugandan who came to the U.S., yet who never turned her back on those back home living in the dire conditions of extreme poverty. Peter Hilton, then President of Open Table, introduced April to Salma and together they founded the Clover Foundation, a non-profit here in the States and an non-governmental organization on the ground in Kampala, Uganda.

Clover is dedicated to providing a safe, caring and engaging environment for Uganda’s young children living in extreme poverty in the urban slums. The Foundation provides early childhood learning and preschool education to children who otherwise would not have the opportunity, and is committed to the childrens’ continued education. Clover is also engaged in economic empowerment for mothers of Clover children to improve their livelihoods, so that they in turn can create a better home environment for their children.

adVentures in Philanthropy:
An Innovation Challenge for Non-Profits Serving Concord and Carlisle

treeThe Concord-Carlisle Community Chest has been growing new ideas in philanthropy since 1947. To continue this work and bring greater public awareness to innovative initiatives, we have created a new funding opportunity titled adVentures in Philanthropy. This inaugural grant program will celebrate and support innovative ideas addressing human service needs in our community.

501c3 organizations or programs with a fiscal sponsor are invited to submit requests for funding of new initiatives. Up to three finalists will be selected and will present their concepts at a community-wide event. At the event, a panel of judges comprised of community leaders and non-profit executives will decide the distribution of up to $30,000 from the Chest’s Cornerstone Fund to the three finalists.

adVentures grants will be awarded to new projects that address specific community needs and fall outside of the Community Chest’s annual grant-making process, which primarily supports established, ongoing efforts.

We look forward to receiving submissions from the many organizations doing innovative programming in our community. For more information and guidelines, please click HERE

Red Feather Circle
Create your lasting legacy by joining the Red Feather Circle

We invite you to consider providing for the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest in your estate plan. Legacy gifts help ensure funding for the future work of the Chest, allowing it in turn to meet the most urgent needs of our beloved towns, as those evolve over time.

As the Chest considers its fiscal sustainability in a time of increasing competition for charitable dollars, we invite you to add to your investment in our work by making a legacy gift to the Chest. Legacy Gifts – sometimes known as planned gifts – will help us build a pipeline of future support, thereby ensuring that our work can continue.

To speak with someone in confidence about legacy giving and our Red Feather Circle, please contact Karen Bechtel, Executive Director of the Community Chest, at , or 978-369-5250