The Wellesley Field Fund is raising $1.5M to bring dark sky-compliant lighting, team rooms, and improved sound to the WHS Track & Field — enhancements that will benefit our whole community and help support the power of outdoor play. With the help of over 600 private donors, we are close to $1M in donations and outstanding pledges.
In other words: the finish line is in sight.
100% of Your Tax-Deductible Donation Supports this WFF Effort
Prefer to send a check? Make payable/mail to WFF/Community Investors, 25 Earle Rd, Wellesley, MA 02481
Please join us in investing in our kids and schools, and building a space to create new community traditions. Your donation will make a positive impact on our town for years to come.
Need more information? Check out our TOOLKIT for project history, answers to FAQs, and more.
Questions? Please email ContactUs@wellesleyfieldfund.com
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Private Fundraising Goal: $1,500,000
To date we have gifts and pledges close to $1M of our $1.5M target. We're in the home stretch, but need your help to finish strong!
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Community Investors mission is to empower happy and healthy kids rocking the Power of Play! by supporting the physical, social and emotional wellness of our next generation through fun, inclusive, commu
Community Investors mission is to empower happy and healthy kids rocking the Power of Play! by supporting the physical, social and emotional wellness of our next generation through fun, inclusive, community-based active play.
All donations to the WFF will be directed to an account restricted exclusively to support WFF.
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The successful Phase I project at the WHS Track and Field, which included a new track and a larger, artificial turf field, involved a team effort by multiple Town boards, commissions, and private donations. Given the Town’s generous commitment to building two new elementary schools, School Committee did not want to ask the Town to contribute financially to Phase II. It will be up to private donors to secure adequate funding to allow the School Committee to make Phase II a reality.
The Natural Resources Commission approved Phase II in July 2022. Next, the Wetlands Protection Committee and Design Review Board will review the project where applicable. Finally, the project will go through a site plan review and special permit process with the Zoning Board of Appeals under the recent outdoor lighting bylaw passed by Town Meeting. Also required will be the School Committee approving the acceptance of private funding. Since Phase I permitting included stormwater and utility connections envisioning future enhancements (like team rooms and bathrooms), we are hopeful most approvals can be secured by early Winter.
The Town will not permit construction to proceed until the fundraising goal is met. Once funded, the installation of lights/sound could be completed within 6 months, while the installation of the team room would likely take 9-12 months. Please help us by donating today!
The process for improvements at the WHS Track and Field have been on-going for over a decade. The School Committee started in earnest looking at Phase II in February, 2021. The School Committee’s website provides an excellent overview and background not only on the current Phase II proposal, but also documents and materials on Phase I. For more information visit: https://wellesleyps.org/district-information/facilities-master-plan/hunnewell-track-field-projects
Absolutely! Just visit your DAF account at:
Search for “Community Investors” or use our EIN 47-2147009.
Please reach out with any questions via ContactUs@wellesleyfieldfund.com.
Fiscal sponsorship, at its core, is when a nonprofit organization extends its tax-exempt status to select groups engaged in activities related to the organization’s mission. Most often, fiscal sponsorship is used by organizations, individuals, or collaborations who are doing charitable work but who want an alternative to becoming a 501(c)(3) organization with the IRS. In a fiscal sponsorship arrangement, the sponsor accepts tax deductible donations and grants on behalf of the sponsored project/organization. The sponsor accepts responsibility for the use of those funds and ensures their application toward charitable purposes, along with any additional donor restrictions. To ensure this is not merely a pass-through of charitable dollars from the 501(c)(3) to the project, the IRS requires that the sponsor have “complete discretion and control” over the funds.
Fiscal sponsors often offer additional services and supports to their sponsored projects; the range of services provided varies by sponsor. Most fiscal sponsors charge sponsored projects a fee to offset the additional cost. Generally, that fee is somewhere between 5%-10% of all funds held on behalf of the sponsored group.
100% of your donation goes to the Phase II effort. There are always costs/fees involved in running a fundraising campaign (especially when trying to raise $1.5M in three months) and we are very thankful that a generous group of donors will cover all Phase II fundraising fees (including fiscal sponsorship) and expenses.
So get on the team, donate today, and spread the word! Let there be lights!
Funding primarily but not limited to the following:
At the conclusion of the fundraising campaign, any funds remaining will be used for necessary capital maintenance and improvements or other expenses relating to the project.