Amazon Smile Quarterly Update

SGF has been a participating charity in the Amazon Smile program since the program began in mid-2014. Although not a huge contributor to SGF’s revenue,  every penny does help provide summer camp scholarships for the wonderful kids we serve.

SGF received $45.49 from Amazon Smile for the third quarter of 2018, growing the total SGF has raised since we joined this program to $643.04 (which makes us and the kids we serve smile :)).

How does this program work? It’s pretty simple and seamless: Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of all eligible purchases whenever you shop on Amazon, provided you designate SGF as your charity of choice.

To register and get started, go to Then, just remember to enter the Amazon site through (rather than the usual Your shopping experience will be exactly the same, you will incur no additional charges or fees, and the kids SGF serves will smile in appreciation! Please keep in mind that SGF does not have any way to know who has shopped on Amazon, or what they have purchased (so we are not able to thank anyone individually). SGF just receives a transfer into its bank account on a quarterly basis and we have to trust Amazon that they are handling Smile disbursements correctly.

Circle of Remembrance Recap – April 27, 2018

Friday April 27, 2018 marked the 17th anniversary of the bus tragedy that took the lives of four Oak Hill Middle School students: Greg Chan, Kayla Rosenberg, Melissa Leung, and Steve Glidden.  As we have done each year, a Circle of Remembrance took place on Friday April 27, 2018 at 6 pm, in front of Oak Hill Middle School. Despite the cold, chilly drizzle, several dozen community members attended, including Mayor Ruthanne Fuller and former Mayor David Cohen, both of whom offered touching, eloquent remarks.

In addition to remembrances offered for Steve, Kayla, Melissa and Greg, many others in Newton and beyond have lost family and friends at other times and in other tragedies. The “Circle of Remembrance” was a time to remember them as well, in the company of those who care. Special remembrances for all victims of gun violence including the 17 young students and teachers who perished recently in Parkland FL, and for the 16 young hockey players and support staff who perished in the recent tragic bus crash in Humboldt, Saskatchewan.

We invite you to download and print your own personal copy of the We Remember booklet.


Thanks a Million (and then some!)

As of December, 2018 SGF has disbursed $1,095,980.39 in summer camp scholarships. We are well on our way to granting our next million!

All we can say is WOW! None of this would be possible at all without the love, trust and generosity of SGF’s many donors. Thank you so much!

2018 Summer Camp Scholarships – Final Numbers

Holy guacamole, we’ve been busy – and we are FINALLY done for the 2018 season. We’ve set new records in each and every category, which has certainly stretched our budget to the max (but we’d do this again in a heartbeat).

Our trusted domestic violence, child protection, and homeless outreach partners have reached out rather extensively on behalf of children in their care for summer camp scholarships for the 2018 season.  For the 2018 camp season, SGF has approved $123,694.07 in scholarship funding (our highest number ever – by far), to enable 76 children to attend 364.5 weeks of camp (115.5 weeks of which will be to overnight camp), at 30 different camps.

To recap the summer of 2017, we awarded a total of $95,416 in camp scholarships, enabling 65 children to attend 333.5 weeks of camp at 14 different camps, 79 weeks of which are for overnight camp. THANK YOU to everyone who helped make this possible!

Thank you to Fran Lopez for Designing the New SGF Site!

Francisco Tomas Lopez (aka “Fran”) is a super-talented web and app developer who just happens to be married to SGF Trustee Sarah Glidden. Fran donated his time and creativity to transform the original, ancient (yet still in some ways quite endearing) old SGF website into something fit for the 21st century.

Although Fran is employed full-time, he still finds time to do freelance app and web development work on the side for selected clients. Examples of his work can be found on his website. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Fran should you wish to create, enhance, or modernize your (or your company’s) electronic presence. Fran’s website is and his email is

Muchisimas gracias, Fran!

SGF Trustee Lil Alpert tuns 100!

SGF Trustee Lil Alpert celebrated her 100th birthday on Dec. 17, 2017!

Lil partied in style with family and friends during the “Party of the Century” in Great Neck, NY. In lieu of physical presents, Lil asked people to make a donation to SGF (or to a different charity if they prefer) in her honor. Thus far, generous donations to SGF have been made by the following people (listed in alphabetical order by last name):

  • Marylene Altieri and Keith Glavash
  • Sydelle Cantor
  • Jane Chertoff and Dan Sweeney
  • Jeffrey Chertoff and Lynda Van Damm
  • Leonora Chertoff
  • June Diamond
  • Brian Harris
  • Pauline Kravetz
  • Mickey and Diane Levine
  • Anna Liu and Philip Mah
  • Olga Marsh
  • Elaine Moss
  • Florence Rothstein
  • Carole Saccullo
  • Shirley Salshutz
  • Alan Sherr
  • Ellen Stettner and Ron Kane
  • Deborah Teman and Lawrence Kulla
  • Charlene Trenk
  • Eileen Ward
  • Molly Wilensky
  • Judith and Jeff Wisnia

Bill and Elaine have chosen to match the accumulated donations bringing Lil’s “century total” thus far to $5,250!!

Thanks so much! Keep on keepin on, Lil!