History of Concord-Carlisle Community Chest


Fifty years ago, if you did not donate to the Community Chest, a neighbor would come knocking at your door. For 10 days during October citizens fanned out across town in search of funds to service those in need. It took such a spirited sense of community to create the Concord Community Chest in 1947.

Winthrop Lee, one of the four founding members, recalls it was Morgan Smith who had the idea to break away from the regional Red Feather Campaign, the predecessor to the United Way. Red Feather balked at Concord's forming its own group, but the local leaders could not be dissuaded. Past Board president Mary Johnson, whose husband was a founder, said accountability was a key reason for the change. 'When you gave locally you knew where your money was going,' she says. Read more...

 

History of Concord-Carlisle Community Chest logo

The story behind the evolution of the symbol of the 1947 Campaign of the Concord Community Chest is one of particular interest to Concord as it has uncovered much of the tradition and association of ideas which Concord identifies with the Minute Man.

When the 1947 Campaign was first being discussed, it was strongly felt that there should be an identifying symbol, peculiar to Concord, which would bring home to its citizen’s that this was their Community Chest and theirs alone. Read more...