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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.

Mobility is freedom

Lonnell Wells

I’d always see abandoned bikes around town, and one day I just thought, why not give them back to the community?”


Our door is open to everyone

Yemi Kibret

I’m a people person. I love people without judging their gender, religion, or differences. Our door is open to everyone; we don’t judge.


Empowerment through creativity

Heinz Thomas-Vital and Peter Levine

I’m looking out for those who give back to the community. Without them, there won’t be a community to do it for.


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Stories of community action

  • 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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  • Philanthropy is for everyone, especially our youth.

    For a third year, Cambridge youth leaders raised funds for our community.

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  • Black history, Black futures.

    We're thinking about the importance of supporting the people and spaces that are dreaming and imagining ways our Black community can thrive. 

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  • Celebrating RISE

    We recently celebrated the conclusion of the Cambridge RISE pilot, our cross-sector partnership that supported 130 households in Cambridge.

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