Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund

Amelia PeabodyAmelia Peabody (1890-1984) was a very private person with a public conscience. As a young “lady of society,” she proclaimed, “If I ever do take up charity, I intend to do it, and not half do it.” And do it, she did—acquiring farmland in Dover (including what is now Powisset Farm and Noanet Woodlands), opening her land for public use, and quietly distributing her wealth for the public good. The Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund extends her legacy, having awarded nearly $200 million in grants to New England nonprofits that further her lifelong interests in health, visual arts, land conservation and historic preservation since it’s inception in 1974. We honor the APCF as Conservationists of the Year for their many contributions to conservation and preservation of open space throughout Massachusetts, including those towards our efforts to enhance and expand agricultural, educational, and outreach operations at Powisset Farm (Miss Peabody’s farm), and their critical participation in the acquisition and permanent protection of two parcels of land at Pegan Hill Reservation in Natick and Dover.