The Cornerstone Fund was established in 1995 in memory of founding Community Chest member Franklin Johnson to support innovative projects and initiatives that address the needs of local residents, especially youth and elderly, as they arise. Past projects include: accessible pathways at CCHS playing fields, intergenerational poetry event, Teen Mental Strength project, and the Integrated Preschool Playground Initiative.
The Cornerstone Fund Scholarship of The Community Chest: Advancing Racial Justice and Equity
Launched in January 2021, the Cornerstone Fund Scholarship is given to candidates who have demonstrated interest in, experience in or commitment to racial justice, equity, or working with historically underserved or underprivileged populations. This experience or commitment can be demonstrated through their school experiences, community service experiences, or their future college and career plans and aspirations. If an applicant is not available that meets this criteria, The Scholarship Fund will make the award to otherwise eligible “best fit” candidates.
Organizations interested in learning more about this fund should contact Jennifer Ubaldino.
Field Of Interest
Established in 2007, Field of Interest Funds are designated funds which aim to address specific needs in our community distinct from the Allocations Program. Over $14,000 was distributed throughout our community in 2019-2020 to support these targeted areas:
When In Need (WIN) Fund
This fund helps Concord and Carlisle individuals and families with unexpected or emergency expenses to aid them in getting through a challenging time. Financial support through the WIN Fund assisted 20 of our neighbors with emergency funding, including help with rent, moving costs, utility bills, car repairs, and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
Camp Scholarship Funds
Funds are designated to provide families and students in Concord and Carlisle with scholarships for children to attend summer camp. Last summer, the Community Chest was able to help 5 children have a fun and rewarding summer experience.
Contributions to the above fund can be made from any member of the community to support future efforts.