The Medfield Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable corporation whose mission is to facilitate the raising of private funds for major public needs or infrastructure in the Town of Medfield, with an emphasis on significant projects and capital expenditures to improve the quality of life for all Medfield residents. It was created and is run by volunteers. Under the auspices of its 501(c)(3) status, MFi assists with the monetary administration and legal compliance required with fundraising.
The MFi's plethora of funds allows each donor to target their donation to the specific community initiative or to the general category that they want to support.
History of the Medfield Foundation
The Medfield Foundation was created in 2001 as a result of a happy confluence between a desire to create something lasting in honor of Medfield's 350th anniversary as a town and the shortfall that always exists between what can be raised by property taxes in Medfield to support town projects and what is needed. During the long debate over the proposed reconstruction of three town schools the seed of the Medfield Foundation was planted, that perhaps there was a shared willingness amongst private individuals to engage in philanthropy for public purposes to make the Town of Medfield a better place for all its residents. That nascent thought, that people in town would be willing to contribute additional monies for municipal purposes beyond their assessed real estate property taxes to facilitate worthwhile causes or to get more in services than their taxes covered, was the genesis of the idea that became the Medfield Foundation. To date this entirely volunteer run entity has raised over $1.4 million for the Medfield projects.
The Medfield Foundation has responded to many needs to date, as it seeks to improve almost every aspect of Medfield life. To date, almost all funds that have been raised have been spent on the specific initiative that has been sponsored, whether it is the Medfield High School evergreen football field, the Dale Street School's playground and outdoor classroom, or the Medfield High School track and bleachers.
Long term, the Medfield Foundation wants to create a larger endowment that will allow the MFi to entertain grant requests, to fund more projects to greater amounts, and to support an even greater diversity of projects for Medfield. Planned gifts to the MFi are the mechanism that will create that endowment over time. The Medfield's residents and their love for their town are the ones that will create that endowment for all in Medfield and for Medfield's future. MFi can accept cash, checks, corporate stocks, bonds, real estate and other financial instruments. You can also use our online donation tool through Network for Good to make a donation.
The Medfield Foundation is always looking for members of the community who are interested in getting involved. Here are a few ideas where we could use your help but we are also open to any suggestions. For more information, please complete the online form below.
I'm Interested! Please tell me more about how I can become involved with the Medfield Foundation.
Fill out the form below and submit it or print the form and mail it to us at Medfield Foundation, Medfield Town House, 459 Main Street, Medfield, MA 02052