Welcome to the Harmony Foundation

What is the
Harmony Foundation?

Newton’s Foundation for Racial, Ethnic and Religious Harmony, also known as “The Harmony Foundation” was founded under Mayor Theodore D. Mann in 1988. 

The Foundation facilitates learning, interaction, understanding and respect across racial, ethnic and religious dimensions within the Newton community, with the purpose of furthering the recognition of our diversity as a continuing and increasing source of community strength. 

The Harmony Foundation oversees two significant community-building events annually — a Martin Luther King Day Celebration and theTheodore D. Mann Newton Mayor’s Community Breakfast. Our event-planning and programming partners each year include the Mayor’s Office, Newton Public Schools, The Newton Interfaith Clergy Association, the Village Bank, FORJ (Families Organizing for Racial Justice), Newton’s Human Rights Commission, the Rotary Club of Newton, and the Newton Theatre Company.

2021 Harmony Foundation Fall Grant Cycle Underway

The Harmony Foundation's Fall Grant Cycle is underway! Our grants within the Newton Community are intended to facilitate learning, interaction, and understanding, and to build respect across racial, ethnic and religious groups with the purpose of furthering the...

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Spotlight: Recent Partnerships and Grants

An example of some of our recent grants: Newton North High School FORJ and Families and Newton Talks Race: Purchase of 250 copies of "Where Do We Go From Here:Chaos or Community"?  (Fall, 2021) Charles E Brown Middle School: Writing as Activism - Advocating for Racial...

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Harmony Foundation’s New Advisory Board

Over the course of the summer and at the start of the fall, The Harmony Foundation's Executive Board  was fortunate to create an advisory team!   Our advisory board will help us with community connection and outreach, publicity, fundraising and grants, programming...

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Newton’s MLK Day Celebration, 2022

Please save the date!  Join us virtually on January 17, 2022 for the 54th Annual City of Newton Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.  This will be a virtual event, and registration details will be underway closer to the date. ...

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Events from Newton’s “Overdue” Coalition

The Harmony Foundation is a member of Newton's Overdue Coalition addressing the need to talk about race in Newton. Here is a sample of some of the events organized by the Coalition. Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 7:00 pm, Raising Anti-Racist Kids:...

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