The Sherborn Fund

Who We Are

Sherborn has a rich agricultural history, beautiful open spaces, an outstanding educational system, and an enduring tradition of participation in civic life. Evidence of this commitment to enhancing community life is found in numerous buildings, monuments, parks, conservation lands, recreation areas, and endowment funds, all created through the generosity of Sherborn individuals and families.

The Sherborn Fund was established in 1994 in anticipation of the town’s 325th-anniversary celebration and is a permanent endowment to support activities and projects that contribute to the quality of life in Sherborn. It is an endowed fund managed by the Foundation for MetroWest.

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George Fiske

George grew up in Sherborn and attended the local public schools.  Over the course of his life, he has devoted much of his time to serving on various local governmental bodies as well as participating as a member of several not-for-profit boards serving the community. As a senior at Dover-Sherborn High School George was the first student to serve on the board of Dollars for Scholars (Sherborn Citizen Scholarship Foundation).  In his early adulthood he was elected its Board Chair. At age 27 he became one of Sherborn’s first Town Administrators.  He has served in leadership capacities including  the Sherborn Town Forest Committee, Sherborn Conservation Commission, Town Improvement Advisory Committee, Sherborn Community Center Foundation and Sherborn Advisory (Finance) Committee. Among his local volunteer interests, he has chaired the Sherborn Forest & Trail Association, Sherborn Rural Land Foundation, Sherborn Historical Society and the Sherborn Fund.

He continues his involvement with a variety of other not-for-profits located elsewhere and maintains a business office in downtown Sherborn.

Margaret R. Powicki

Sherborn is Margo’s hometown. She attended local schools and was graduated from Newton Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing and served as a Director of the NWH Alumnae Association. She was employed at the hospital for 32 yrs.

Since 1964 she has been actively involved in multiple non-profits and Town Government initiatives. These would include serving as Town Chairman and a leader for the Sherborn Camp Fire Girls. As well, Founder, Past President of the Sherborn Garden Club, Director and Past President, Sherborn Community Center Foundation, Director, Sherborn Historical Society. She continues to be active in  these organizations.

She was the founder and chairman of the Sherborn Daffodil Trail. The project began in 1982 and was completed in 2012. The daffodils are a living memorial to the Saltonstall Family, who generously donated funds to build our town library. Profits from this effort also established a town wide Tree Planting Program, a Landscape Endowment Fund for the Town Library and funded several other beautification efforts. Many of those initiatives were under the direction of the Town Improvement Advisory Committee on which she served.

Her Town Government activities include various Town Building Committee Studies, Focus Groups, Town Government Structure Committee, and others. She was Sherborn’s representative for the early beginnings of the Danforth Museum in Framingham.

In addition, for many years she served on the Pilgrim Church Endowment Committee.

Peter Doyle

Peter retired from his lifelong development career in 2015.  His employment history included stints at Harvard Business School, Wellesley College, and Harvard Medical School.

Upon his retirement, he entered into a contract to provide development consulting for Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston. He is now in his sixth year under contract.

In terms of pro bono work, in addition to the Sherborn Fund, he serves Native Plant Trust (formerly the New England Wild Flower Society) as a current Overseer and former trustee.  He is a former president of the Sherborn Community Center Foundation. He is a current trustee of Brooks School in North Andover, MA.

Sara Wragge

Sara has lived in Sherborn for forty years and been involved with numerous boards that serve the community.  She started her volunteer work as an EMT on the Rescue Department.  As her family grew she branched out to chair the local Community School Association, and head the Management Committee for the 1858 Town House, the local community center.

Additionally, she was part of the first Affordable Housing Partnership, as well as a Trustee for Sherborn Rural Land Foundation, the local land trust.

The Sherborn Fund is of particular interest to Sara in that all organizations in the community are eligible to apply for grants from the Sherborn Fund.  The Sherborn Fund essentially is on the pulse of the needs of Sherborn, and Sara finds it gratifying to understand the broad needs of her community.

Steve L. Solomon

A native of Philadelphia, Steve has been a resident of Sherborn since 1977. Married to Virginia (Kay) Dunlap Solomon, Steve and Kay have two children, Rachael Silard of San Francisco and Mark Solomon a resident of Framingham.  Since 2010 Steve has been the Assistant Vice President for Advancement at the New England Historic Genealogical Society – American Ancestors.  Previous professional senior advancement positions have included the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Science and Harvard University. He consults regularly with not-for-profit organizations to develop strategies for advancement campaigns and major gifts. Memberships include Friends of Mt. Auburn, The Trustees, Historic New England, Massachusetts Audubon Society, Peabody Essex Museum, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, WBUR  and several local Sherborn organizations. Interests include art and local history, photography, music, antiques, cooking, hiking, photography, and grandparenting.

Supported Projects

The Sherborn Fund has undertaken small projects and, in partnership with other town organizations and groups, contributed to larger ones including:

  • Sherborn Grange Fairs in 1999, 2002, 2011, 2018
  • Long-Range Land Use Plan for Barber Reservation
  • Restoration of the Barber Reservation Barn on Western Avenue
  • Renovation of the Children’s Playground at the Ward J. Parks Reservation
  • Cornerstone Forums
  • Restoration of the Reverend Edmund Dowse Plaque
  • Restoration of the Memory Statue in the Central Cemetery, at the 16/27 Intersection
  • Repair of the Handicap Ramp at the Sherborn1858 Town House/Community Center
  • New Signage and Repairs at the David Doering Nature Trail at the Pine Hill School