Dover Neighbors Fund Receives Local Support

The Dover Neighbors Fund, Inc. ( is proud to announce that it has recently received first-time grants from a number of local organizations. Committed to assisting Dover residents who are in need of a helping hand financially, the Fund (DNF) has heretofore relied on the generosity of Dover families. “We’re particularly pleased that local businesses and one of the most respected volunteer organizations in town have chosen to support us” commented DNF Vice President and local realtor Mary Crane.

   In looking back at her time as a young mother in Dover, Crane remembers the many challenges facing moms. For that reason and because of the work they do connecting families within our community, she and the other DNF Officers are particularly proud of the donation the Fund recently received from the Dover Mothers’ Association.

   In addition to Needham Bank, where DNF President Eric Morse was an Executive Vice President, more recent donations have been received from Middlesex Bank and from the Dedham Savings Community Foundation. According to Dedham Savings’ Executive Vice President and CFO/COO, Mark Ingalls, “Dedham Savings is proud to support local grassroot organizations like the Dover Neighbors Fund that are led by folks who, by their care for fellow citizens who find themselves in need, make their community an even greater place to live.”

   Morse added “Neighbors helping neighbors is a powerful concept, most particularly in these difficult times. We are most grateful to the three local community banks and to others which support us. We know that even in our bucolic town, neighbors sometimes need a helping hand and it is a real privilege for us to serve the community in this capacity.”

   Local attorneys and DNF Vice-Presidents Jonathan Fryer and Vin O’Brien expressed their appreciation to the local banks and to the Dover Mothers’ Association, while observing that when the Fund was started, donations typically came in during the last two calendar months of the year, but that now the Fund receives donations almost every month. Attorney Fryer offered that “We rely on the generosity of the Dover community and to see that local businesses and community organizations now also recognize the need that we saw when we started the Fund is encouraging. Our development goals include expanding the number of families in town which presently support us and to reach out to the other businesses in town for their support as well.” Attorney O’Brien concluded with the observation that “The need for the Dover Neighbors Fund was very real when we started the Fund, but the need in town clearly grows daily.”

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Dover Neighbors Fund 2019 President’s Letter

January 17, 2020

The Dover Neighbors Fund had an extraordinary 2019. During those twelve months, we saw the number of donors increase 55%. And thankfully our annual donations increased from $12,825 in 2018 to $37,675 in 2019 due, in large part, to the largesse of a family who offered us a match challenge which we were able to achieve. The sponsors of the match have asked to remain anonymous, but we are enormously grateful to them for their leadership in supporting us. Additionally, it was with great appreciation that we received a nice note and donations from a group of Dover families who have been friends in town for over 50 years. And we wish to thank donors who supported us anonymously.

Our expenses in 2019 remain minimal consisting of payment for a new banner to display outside of Town Hall, in addition to payment for our annual solicitation mailing. In spite of the encouraging year we have had, the Fund’s trustees believe that we can and must do more as the need exceeds our limited resources. We believe that there is potential for significantly more participation in town to support the Fund. The challenge is of course being able to get the attention of prospective donors and convincing them that what we are building is worthy of their financial support.

Looking ahead to 2020, it will be my first year in semi-retirement, as I have left Needham Bank which should afford me more time to devote to the Fund. The Trustees are discussing some type of social event in 2020 which we would position as our annual fundraiser. More information on that is forthcoming. We wish to do a better job reaching out to the businesses in town which do not currently support us, as well as encouraging matching corporate gifts from employers offering that to their employees. Lastly, we are also exploring charitable foundations which do not support us yet, but which do support other Town activities.

In closing, thanks to those of you who lobby for our support with your friends and neighbors and thank you to the Town for allowing us to appear on Dover’s website and displaying our banner each year. Thanks as well to the leadership of the churches in town who have offered us their support. There are many impressive not-for-profits in our wonderful town. We admire each of them and aspire to continue their good work in our mission. As always, on behalf of the Trustees, sincere thanks to everyone who helped us in 2019. Please contact us with your questions or suggestions. And please accept our best wishes for an inspiring new year.

Respectfully submitted

Eric R. Morse