What We Do

LZF Staff Visit Bread & Roses at the   open house for a newly built affordable home in Lawrence, MA.

The Lenny Zakim Fund makes small and meaningful grants to support some of the most amazing and effective grassroots programs in the state. Our goal is to support these agencies in every way that we can, so we do a whole lot more than making grants. The Lenny Zakim 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:  LZF makes grants for program, capacity building and general operating purposes.  In addition to financial assistance, grants include technical assistance in the form of the below.
  • Training and Networking:  Semi-annual Institutes and on-going seminars provide hands-on learning in management, fundraising, peer learning and networking opportunities
  • Counseling and Advice:  Formal and informal counseling and advice, access to experts in various business, consulting and professional fields, resources and materials
  • Publicity:  Publicity and exposure through the newsletter, events, and radio show
  • Pro-bono Legal Assistance:  Through the generosity of the law firm, DLA Piper, all current and former grant recipients are offered pro-bono legal assistance

It is vital to our mission to do everything we can to support small organizations so that they can fulfill their missions well.

The Fund distributes its grants annually at a joyous and inspirational Award Ceremony. This reception and brief program brings the entire LZF community--donors, community organizations and volunteers--together to honor the new grant recipients as they receive their checks.