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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

  • Black history is Cambridge history.

    Join us in celebrating Cambridge Black history and Black futures through these resources and upcoming events.

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  • Building economic mobility.

    We've invested in Just A Start's Economic Mobility Hub, opening this year at Alewife.

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  • Small acts of service add up to a great community.

    Building social cohesion at the 14th Cambridge MLK Day of Service and Learning.

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  • We remember Mel Hodder.

    Mel left a remarkable legacy of service and generosity to his hometown of over sixty years. He was one of CCF's longest serving Board members and his commitment knew no bounds.

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