Flagship Funds


The Community Foundation is pleased to sponsor these program funds, all of whom share our office space at 63 Union Street, New Bedford. Click on the logos to learn more about these programs.



AHA! logoLaunched in July 1999, AHA!'s (Art, History & Architecture) flagship cultural nights have been held continuously since then in downtown New Bedford on the second Thursday of each month. AHA! has over 60 partners, including downtown museums, galleries, arts organizations, merchants, restaurants, The New Bedford Whaling Museum, The UMass Dartmouth CVPA Star Store and the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. Each month's event is themed so that distinctive cultural programs are presented and creative partner involvement remains robust.

The AHA! collaborative project is funded in part by The City of New Bedford, The Mass Cultural Council, The Island Foundation, The Bank of America Foundation, local business community sponsorship, individual donors and partner venue dues. Visit AHA!'s website (opens new window)


SEEAL logoThe Southeastern Environmental Education Alliance (SEEAL) was formed in 1997 under the auspices of the Community Foundation with the initial goal to provide educational experiences for young people of New Bedford, Massachusetts . The natural extension of this original goal has led to a regional development of SEEAL’s environmental education and stewardship activities to encompass the watersheds of Buzzards Bay and parts of the Taunton River watershed in Southeastern Massachusetts. SEEAL is a group of approximately 22 nonprofit organizations, service organizations, public agencies, public schools and others committed to a collaborative effort for environmental education administered through the Community Foundation. The mission of SEEAL is to encourage environmental awareness and stewardship in Southeastern Massachusetts. Visit SEEAL's website (opens new window)


The Women's Fund

Women's Fund logoEstablished in 2001, the Women’s Fund is passionate about improving the quality of life for women and girls in our region. Women in Southeastern MA, like women and girls everywhere, deserve equal opportunities in the workplace, in the classroom and in their communities. The Women's Fund envisions a level playing field and takes a proactive stance to bring this about.

The Fund raises money for and awareness about what women and girls most need to succeed in our region.  Any request the Women’s Fund makes of a donor, any event it plans or grant it offers to a community agency is done in the spirit of its core values and measured for its relevance to the fund's mission. The Women's Fund strives to inspire and nurture these values in its donors, volunteers, grantees and the community as a whole. Visit the Women's Fund website (opens new window)