What's New at The Zakim Fund
Dear friend and partner

Authenticity is defined as being true to your values and spirit despite external pressure to do something different. My closest friends often joke that I listen to hip-hop music almost exclusively to the expense of all other genres. While that is only partially true, I am a big fan of The Foreign Exchange; a talented R&B group that spans international and sonar boundaries. Their third studio album entitled, Authenticity, is a work of art. It is both concise and precise; each song title with embedded layers of meaning and production that tickles the brain. The Lenny Zakim Fund has always strived to be authentic to our founder's vision, remainig true to his values while also recognizing the self-learning that Lenny would likely have emarked upon to stay abreast of the world's ever-changing landscape and nuances. We're proud to share this latest newsletter with content that directly reaffirms our commitment to social, racial, and economic justice. From the powerful storytelling we have in store at our upcoming Untold Stories event next month to the behind-the-scenes look into our grantmaking program to a preview of our fall slate of workshops, we hope you find this edition both informative and worthwhile.

In solidarity,

Eric Esteves
Executive Director
Untold Stories 2022
In this moment of social unrest, when a number of the civil rights we fought so hard to secure are now under attack on various fronts, the work of The Lenny Zakim Fund and our grassroots organization partners is proven to be more crucial than ever before.

Please join The Lenny Zakim Fund at the Royal Sonesta Boston on Thursday, September 22 for Untold Stories 2022. Listen to and be inspired by personal stories of struggle and perseverance as told by Yahaira Lopez, founder and executive director of Autism Sprinter, and Ron Waddell, co-founder and executive director of Legendary Legacies, two well-known and rising leaders from the Greater Boston and Worcester communities, respectively.
Celebrate the incredible work these brave leaders are doing to advance social, economic, and racial justice in their communities. The evening will also feature an untold story and special remarks by Boston Mayor Michelle Wu and the beautiful music of Stephanie Vee accompanied by Jon Snell. Untold Stories will begin with a cocktail hour at 6 pm, immediately followed by a seated dinner and formal program.

As LZF’s annual fundraising event, this year’s Untold Stories seeks to raise a minimum of $275,000 to support The Fund’s annual operating budget. Event sponsorship opportunities range from $1,000 to $25,000 and individual tickets are also available for $250. Please click here for more details or contact Allison Picott, Director of Development, at apicott@thelennyzakimfund.org.
The Lenny Zakim Fund would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support of this year's Untold Stories:

Love in Action - $25,000
Suzi Kaitz and Jonathan Katz
Social Justice Advocate - $10,000
Empire Loan

Bridge Builders - $5,000
Arbella Insurance Foundation
The Boston Foundation
Michael and Manisha Eckton
Mark and Susan Irvings

Community Change Agents - $2,500
Beth Dill and Eric Enge
Tim and Barbara James
Joe and Ciara Rodio
Rob Sherman and Joan Lenington
Mark and Ellie Winthrop
Josh and Grace Zakim
Joyce Zakim and Peter Greenspan
Mission Collaborators - $1,000
Edward and Susan Benford
The Corbett-Helaire Family
Deborah Frieze
Johnson O’Connor Feron & Carucci LLP
Joseph Savage
Jill Tracy Snider
Deena Zakim and Jesse Chebot

* As of August 18, 2022
Turning a Vision Into a Sustainable Reality
A Look Inside LZF's Annual Grants Program

August marks the start of LZF's annual grants program. Over the next six months, LZF expects to receive and consider applications from well over 100 grassroots organizations who are looking for an opportunity to turn a vision into a sustainable...

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Fall Seminar Series
The end of summer also marks the beginning of our fall series of FREE professional development seminars for nonprofit leaders and organizations. Take a look at our upcoming schedule of trainings and please feel free to share with any nonprofit you know who'd benefit from learning more about any of the topics listed. All seminars are virtual (via Zoom), free of charge, and open to any staff, board member, or volunteer at a current or former LZF grantee partner. If you have questions, please contact us at office@thelennyzakimfund.org.

Fundraising [REGISTER]
Friday, Sept 9 @ 9:30-11am
Presenter: Dominique Calixte, Associate Director of Annual Giving and Special Events, YW Boston

Strategic Planning [REGISTER]
Tuesday, 9/20 @ 4-5:30pm
Presenter: Stephen Pratt, President, Impact Catalysts

Advanced Financial Management [REGISTER]
Thursday, 10/6 @ 11am-12:30pm
Presenter: Robin Carton, Principal, Kayak Consulting Group

Volunteer Management and Partnerships [REGISTER]
Wednesday, 10/19 @ 1-2:30pm
Presenter: Deborah Seidel

Employment Law for Non-Profits [REGISTER]
Thursday, 11/3 @ 10-11:30am
Presenter: Mark Irvings, Arbitrator-Mediator and Aprylle Wallace, Senior Vice President Human Resources, The Greater Boston Food Bank
About The Lenny Zakim Fund
Established in 1995 by the late civil rights leader Lenny Zakim, the Lenny Zakim Fund continues to reflect his work and ideals by providing financial support, education, technical assistance and networking opportunities to small, community-based organizations and individuals who are passionate about social, racial, and economic justice and determined to become vehicles of critical change.

The Lenny Zakim Fund knows grassroots leadership is integral to ensuring that programs are successful, culturally relevant, effective, and meet the needs of affected people. Social justice at The Lenny Zakim Fund is about more than just grantmaking – it is about coming together in partnership to support leaders and the grassroots in their work against systemic oppression and their fight for equity.