The Lenny Zakim Fund
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33 Arch Street 26th Floor Boston MA 02110 USA
The lenny zakim fund ("the fund") believes positive social change can be created by small, effective, grassroots organizations that are often overlooked by large foundations, government agencies, and major donors. Our mission is to identify, listen to, support and connect grassroots community organizations and programs operating "below the radar screen" of large charitable groups and government grants.
The fund makes small and meaningful grants to support some of the most amazing and effective grassroots programs in the state. The fund continually nurtures these organizations toward growth and sustainability by providing the resources, training and other supports that are often unavailable to small organizations, including grantmaking, training and networking, counseling and advice, publicity and pro-bono legal assistance.
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The Lenny Zakim Fund was started by Lenny Zakim, former Exec Director of the ADL NE Regional office, and a consummate bridge builder to all people and organizations. The center-piece cable-stayed bridge built as part of the Big Dig in Boston is named the Lenny Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge in his memory. He created The Lenny Fund as a vehicle for tiny grass roots social service organizations to obtain visibility and funding that would be otherwise unavailable to them or for which they would have no path to potential benefactors. Organizations apply for and receive grants annually, some for as little as a few thousand dollars, money that can make a difference in their operation or failure as an organization. These tiny non-profits make a difference at the most critical point of focus for their constituents....on the ground and in their neighborhood. The recipients are recognized at an annual event that provides them an opportunity to tell their story. This organization makes a real difference across a wide range of local issues and is a truly meaningful legacy to Lenny's memory.
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