Give to the Lenny Zakim Fund and Support the Grassroots!

Small nonprofit organizations that meet critical needs in local communities throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts often struggle to find funding. Even the best ideas crumble without a secure foundation. Since 1995, the Lenny Zakim Fund has partnered with grassroots organizations helping groups and individuals who are traditionally underserved or marginalized. We provide program, capacity-building, and general operating grants – renewable for up to five years – that empower these organizations to build strong partnerships and programs that dismantle inequity and nurture resilience.

Ways to give:


DONATE Online here


Make a check out to The Lenny Zakim Fund
The Lenny Zakim Fund
33 Arch Street, 26th Fl.
Boston, MA 02110


Tribute & Memorial Giving
Honor or remember a special someone by selecting “I would like to dedicate this donation” on the online donation form or noting the person’s name in the memo section on your check.


Recurring Giving
Support LZF and our grant recipients by setting up a recurring monthly gift.

Click Here to start a recurring gift


Employer Matched Giving
Double or even triple your gift through your employer’s matching gift program. Contact for more information.


Make a Tax-Free IRA Rollover Gift
If you are 70 ½ or older and have an Individual Retirement Account (IRA), consider making a gift of up to $100,000 from your IRA directly to LZF and avoid being taxed on the distribution.

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Make a Stock Gift
Make a gift of appreciated stock to LZF and avoid capital gains in the process.

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Give Through a Donor-Advised Fund
The Lenny Zakim Fund offers a simple and direct way for you to take control of your charitable giving. DAF donors can recommend and approve grants from their DAF to LZF in a matter of minutes. Donors can currently recommend grants through DAF Direct from Fidelity Charitable®, Schwab Charitable, and BNY Mellon Charitable Gift Fund.

Click Here to access your donor-advised fund


Plan a Bequest
Make a bequest to LZF through your will or trust.

Click here for sample bequest language to include in your estate planning documents.


Gifting Retirement Assets
Designate LZF as a beneficiary of your retirement plan.

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Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to LZF whenever you shop AmazonSmile.

Click here for our AmazonSmile link

Contact Dominique Ramos at or call 617-406-5945 for more information or assistance.


The Impact of Your Gift

“RIM is committed to helping newly arriving asylum seekers integrate into the community. Support from the Lenny Zakim Fund helps us to provide the structure for this work.”

-Refugee Immigration Ministry, “Building Community with Uprooted People to Serve the Common Good”

“I believe that the most effective and tangible changes in our can be made at the local level. I am proud to be supporting “Team LZF”, The Lenny Zakim Fund, and the work the Fund is doing for local communities.”

Christopher Viklund ran the Boston Marathon for LZF

“Several years ago, LZF stole my heart and I have been supporting its efforts ever since. I am inspired by the clarity of LZF’s mission and its focus on equity. LZF brings together committed and inspired leaders, organizers, dreamers, and donors who know that the best solutions will come from the grassroots, from those who have been impacted by systemic inequities and refuse to allow it to continue. LZF trusts, takes chances, and provides all kinds of resources to community leaders and organizations who have vision, ability, and determination. Theirs is the work I want to be a part of and support in any and every way I can.”

Suzi Kaitz – LZF Board Member