The Schrafft Charitable Trust Appoints New Trustee


Boston, MA – The trustees of the Schrafft Charitable Trust are pleased to announce the appointment of Lily E. Mendez to the board, effective October 26, 2022. Lily is the President and CEO of Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP), a nonprofit organization focused on expanding quality youth mentoring relationships across underserved communities in Massachusetts.

Trustee Kristen McCormack made the announcement of the appointment following a robust recruitment process,

“We are delighted. Lily brings extraordinary depth and breadth of experience to The Schrafft Trust’s work. Her addition to the board reinforces and amplifies our commitments to young people in under-resourced neighborhoods of Boston and to youth and adults in New Bedford.”

Lily Mendez
Lily Mendez, photo courtesy of Mass Mentoring Partnership

Lily Mendez began her career launching a Voter Power campaign and has since worked to strengthen education, transportation, housing, and human services across the Commonwealth through positions in the public, private, philanthropic, and nonprofit sectors. She is a current trustee of The Hyams Foundation and a Senior Fellow with the Institute for Nonprofit Practice.

Previously, Lily served as the Regional COO for the American Red Cross of Massachusetts from 2013-2018, managing the delivery of community service programs across 350 communities, including the largest food pantry in New England. She served in state government from 2007-11, and was executive director of Access Strategies Fund from 2005-07.

Looking ahead, Lily is optimistic,

“Serving as a trustee of the Schrafft Trust will allow me to continue knitting together my passion for creating opportunities and helping to dismantle barriers for underserved populations.”

About The Schrafft Charitable Trust

The Schrafft Trust was established in 1946 by William and Bertha Schrafft to award grants to Boston hospitals, museums, and other institutions important to the people of the city. As the foundation has evolved, the Schrafft trustees have focused on supporting the educational needs of young people, primarily in Boston.

More recently, the Schrafft Charitable Trust has expanded its grants program to New Bedford, MA, with the intent of supporting the capacity of creative nonprofit organizations to benefit both youth and adults currently living there. The Trust now makes annual grants of approximately $2 million.

The Trust is staffed by Karen Faulkner, with support from GMA Foundations. Lily Mendoza joins current trustees Kristen McCormack, Joe Corrado, and Lavinia Chase on the board. Longtime Schrafft trustee and humanitarian Arthur H. Parker passed away in January 2022.

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