Deeply committed to social justice and to the fundamental rights and dignity of all people, the Lenny Zakim Fund helps to change the course of people’s lives.

Bridging Communities

As efforts are made to limit the rights of immigrants and refugees, budget cuts threaten services for families living in poverty, and systemic racism continues to affect even the youngest in our communities, The Lenny Zakim Fund (LZF) seeks and supports people and organizations with tangible solutions that promise positive change in their very own communities.

Achieving social change and equity in our communities requires building bridges between grassroots organizations, the people they serve, donors, volunteers, and community leaders.

The Lenny Zakim Fund awarded us our very first grant. It had special significance, buoying our fledgling efforts and giving us the confidence to think more creatively and act more courageously as we worked to fulfill our mission.

Vicky I, Community Cooks

Are you ready to be courageous?

LZF donors are members of a community that promotes change; we call it experiential philanthropy. Donors are invited to take part in the grantmaking process by reviewing grant applications, and making site visits to grant applicant organizations — observing their programs, meeting their staff, and witnessing the difference funding could make for them.

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