What We Do

Our Leadership Role 

At the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts, we take special pride in our leadership role, in which we work to facilitate, advise, convene and/or respond to critical community issues, such as education, the arts and the environment.

Education: As a leader in education, we have worked diligently to increase educational attainment and opportunity, one of the most critical issues facing our region. To this end, we manage 75 educational funds, including five local educational foundations, 62 scholarship funds, 15 educational funds for individual schools and programs, an Early Literacy Initiative, and an adult education grant program.

The Arts: Our involvement with the arts includes our sponsorship of AHA! (Art History Architecture) (opens new window), the acclaimed monthly arts and culture nights in downtown New Bedford. and our support for the burgeoning creative economy.  In January 2018, the Community Foundation received a two-year, $500,000 grant from the Barr Foundation to launch the Creative Commonwealth initiative dedicated to the elevation of new voices and expansion of opportunities for inclusive and innovative ideas in Fall River and New Bedford arts.

Advisors for Philanthropy:Our goal as a Community Foundation is to provide professional advisors and their clients with a range of giving options and professional oversight that will help donors meet their philanthropic and financial goals. Our knowledgeable staff, board of directors, investment committee and investment managers all work together to help donors maximize their funds and leave a lasting legacy in Southeastern Massachusetts.

Grantmaking: To date, CFSEMA has distributed well over $25 million in grants and scholarships. These grants have been used to support youth programs, expand economic opportunities, increase educational attainment, promote sustainability, invest in the creative economy and, through the Women’s Fund, improve the economic status of women and girls. Visit our grant opportunities page for more information.