Who We Are
The Medfield Foundation (MFi), as its own 501(c)(3), already has a history of philanthropy and fundraising in the community. Founded in 2001 as a community foundation, MFi has worked with many organizations and individuals in Medfield to raise over $2.2 million dollars that has been directed back into the town. Now, the goal is to create a permanent endowment with the Foundation for MetroWest that can be utilized to support community-driven projects in Medfield, ensure a strong and vibrant community and be responsive to diverse needs and voices into the future.
Osler (Pete) Peterson
Michael serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer of Boston Properties. Boston Properties is one of the largest owners, managers and developers of Class A office properties in the United States, with a significant presence in five markets: Boston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington, DC. Mike joined Boston Properties in March 2000. His primary responsibilities include overseeing finance, accounting, internal controls, investor relations, cash management and financial planning. In addition, he is responsible for managing the company’s capital markets activities, short term investments and the tenant credit underwriting function for the company. He is also involved in the structuring and analysis of the company’s new investments. LaBelle holds a bachelor of science degree in Economics from the University of Colorado.
Ryan is the Fundraising Manager of the Eastern Division for Fidelity Charitable, managing a team of fundraisers in four territories stretching from Florida to Maine. He works closely with the best advisors in New York, Connecticut, and Northern New Jersey, helping them maximize the impact of their clients’ philanthropy and grow their practices by incorporating strategic charitable giving into their clients’ wealth management plans. In addition to working with attorneys, accountants, wealth advisors and family offices, he is focused on assisting professionals and firms in the private equity, venture capital, and hedge fund communities by sharing strategies that can enable those professionals and firms to more deeply integrate philanthropy into their firm’s programs and investments.
The Board of the Medfield Foundation:
Cultural Alliance of Medfield
The Cultural Alliance of Medfield (CAM)’s mission is to nurture, support and promote culture in Medfield.
Our grant will support CAM’s work in developing a Performing Arts and Education Center to anchor the planned transformation of the Medfield State Hospital site.
Friends of Medfield Rail Trail
The Friends of Medfield Rail Trail (FMRT) is a volunteer group of residents working toward the implementation of the Medfield Rail Trail. The mission of the FMRT is to address research, documentation, public hearings, outreach, and fundraising for the purpose of making the Medfield Rail Trail a reality.
Our grant will support the planning, funding, and construction of a 1.3 mile-long recreational trail on the unused rail corridor in Medfield that runs from Ice House Road to the Dover town line.
Medfield Cares About Prevention
Medfield Cares About Prevention (MCAP) is comprised of people who care about youth in Medfield. Their commitment is to grow a culture of safety and health for the community’s youth. Members represent parents, youth, the public schools, law enforcement, mental health organizations, local businesses, town government, and many more.
Our grant will be used to hire Bright Solutions Consulting to review and assist with writing MCAP’s federal Drug Free Communities grant application.
How does the Legacy Fund work?
The fund has been established as an endowed Fund at the Foundation for MetroWest in order to provide a permanent resource for grant-making in Medfield. The MFi Board periodically accepts proposals through an open grant application process. The Fund welcomes applications from private and public organizations with ideas for innovative programs and projects to benefit Medfield residents. All applications are reviewed fairly and competitively by the Legacy Fund Community Board.
What does it mean to be an endowed Fund?
As an endowed fund, the principal remains as a permanent asset for Medfield’s benefit into the future. Each year, spending is limited to a fixed percentage of the fund, leaving the rest to continue to build for years to come. Distributions keep pace with new and emerging needs, and will be targeted to address social, cultural, environmental and educational issues confronting the Town and its residents. The endowment is professionally invested by the Foundation for MetroWest.
How will we make a difference in Medfield?
As we build the fund, we will continue to seek to understand current challenges in Medfield as well as trends towards the future. Some ways that we envision today that the MFi Legacy Fund can support the community for the future include but are not limited to:
- Keeping youth engaged within the community
- Ensuring that senior citizens remain active in town life
- Fostering a strong sense of community among all residents
- Extending the rich cultural offerings of our town to every resident
- Encouraging generosity, tolerance and an appreciation of diversity
- Preserving and enhancing our natural resources
- Maintaining the character of the community
- Improving access to needed resources and services
- Anticipating and addressing unforeseen major issues facing our town in the future
How can I make a contribution?
You may donate by check, credit card, stock, mutual fund or real estate gift, or through a donor-advised fund or private foundation. The Foundation for MetroWest staff can work with you and your financial advisor to review various planned giving options. Gifts may qualify for charitable donation tax benefits. Consult your tax advisor.