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We aspire to make our community vibrant, just, and equitable today and into the future. 


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We launched our new strategic plan

Nearly 800 neighbors joined us on Saturday, October 14, for a community block party and celebration of a momentous new stage in the Foundation’s strategic work to ensure a vibrant, just, and equitable Cambridge for all.

The event was an opportunity to see and experience elements of social cohesion and economic mobility – two new focus areas for the Foundation.

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Stories of community action

  • Social cohesion in the living room.

    Lori Lander's Wednesday Breakfasts build community.

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  • Conversation is key.

    Alongside the launch of our five-year strategic plan, we joined several important conversations about innovations in philanthropy, partnerships with nonprofits, and building community in October.

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  • Thank you, Head Of The Charles and rowers!

    We’re incredibly grateful to Head Of The Charles Regatta for their ongoing support. As one of their official charities, dollars raised through the HOCR Charity Program go to our Community Fund and back into the community.

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  • Music with a mission.

    Cambridge Jazz Festival - in rain or shine - brought people from across the community together for music and much more.

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