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Committed to the wellbeing of our city and its residents since 1916.


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Civic Leadership

Conducting independent research and inspiring city-wide conversations and partnerships across sectors to solve problems.

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Our News

We believe in changemakers.

Our 2022 annual report elevates some of Cambridge’s solution seekers and the values that guide them, values the Foundation shares. Their stories remind us that place matters, and people matter. It’s the people in this city who can think beyond problems to possibilities, build opportunity from hope, create transformation through purpose. Explore stories of Cambridge changemakers below. Photography by Margaret Lampert.

Yemi Kibret

Our door is open to everyone

Mental Health Access

Mentoring matters

Kristen Joy Emack

Picturing inclusion

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Stories of community action

  • Community collaboration shone in April.

    We saw the promise of community partnership realized at several recent events.

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  • Working together for food security for all.

    We joined Food For Free to celebrate a product of our partnership: a refrigerated truck that will get millions more meals to neighbors.

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  • Cambridge launches the first non-lottery cash assistance program of its kind in the country.

    On May 2, we joined Mayor Siddiqui, Congresswoman Pressley, and more partners at City Hall to announce Rise Up Cambridge.

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  • Cambridge WINS to kick off a second season of youth sports grants.

    WINS supports coaches and programs working to create an equal playing field.

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