How to Volunteer with TPC

Share with us your skills and passions and we’ll find a place for you to help out on a one-time basis or throughout the year!

Ways to Volunteer Your Time

Like TPC? Tell a friend! Our best recruitment tool is our own members. What can you do?

  • Co-host a “Connect the Dots” recruitment event at your home or another member’s, and invite your friends. TPC organizes the event, sends invitations and post-event follow-up, and offers $250 to cover expenses. Requires a room in which 20-25 women can fit. (We don’t mind standing!)

When? September 2017 to November 2018, typically during the week, between 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm.

Interested? Contact Sandy at Sandrablawrence@gmail.com

  • Tell your friends about TPC, and bring them to our events.
  • “Share” or “Like” posts on TPC’s Facebook page.
  • Forward “The Link” to philanthropically-inclined friends and colleagues.

Questions? Contact Sandy at Sandrablawrence@gmail.com

Grant teams review and evaluate grant applications submitted to TPC. Should you join a team, you’ll get to work with some of the most generous women in Boston, discover the needs in our community, and learn how to evaluate grants proposals.

When and what? Teams meet two to three times from January to May to perform in-depth reviews of grant applications, conduct site visits, and ultimately recommend ballot finalists to be voted on by the entire membership. In October, members will be invited to sign up, and training for all who join a team will be held in early December. Given the cyclical nature of a grants cycle, members must join a team by late November.

Interested in a leadership role as the team’s Finance Lead, Deputy Captain, or Captain? (The Captain’s role requires one year of TPC grant experience.) Contact Pat or Barbara below.

Questions? Contact Grants Committee Co-Chairs, Pat McSweeney (pmcsweeney@thephilanthropyconnection.org) or Barbara Gaskin (bgaskin@thephilanthropyconnection.org).

Our members between the ages of 18 and 35 are some of the most talented, philanthropic women you will meet, and they comprise 20% of our membership. No other collective giving group in the country has so many young members. Some of them are interested in having a TPC mentor who will share career and life experiences (and we guarantee that the learning will be mutual!).

  • Offer to share your hard-earned wisdom and expertise, and have the pleasure of knowing one of these rising stars. Get together for coffee, lunch, or a drink… or whatever you two decide.

Interested? Contact the Young Philanthropist Initiative

Co-chairs Jessie Hatfield (Jessica.hatfield@gmail.com) or Marta Pagan-Ortiz (marta.pagan@gmail.com).

Communication is key to any organization’s success. We need members who are creative and strategic thinkers, writers, or just plain doers.

  • Interview grantees and members for “The Link,” and give our Marketing and Communications (M&C) Committee a hand.
  • Join our social media team and write Facebook posts and tweets.
  • Are you a strong writer? Volunteer to be an M&C Liaison! You will help coordinate communications from the Grants and Member Engagement Committees to the M&C Chair, using our communications bank of existing documents and emails.

Interested in any of the above? Contact Cheryl Wakeham (cwakeham@thephilanthropyconnection.org)

Help organize and execute TPC’s Grantee Announcement event held each year in late May or early June. At this popular and suspenseful gathering of current and prospective members, our newly funded non-profits are revealed for the first time and celebrated by all. An event not to miss!

  • When? Planning begins in spring.

Interested? Contact Sandy at Sandrablawrence@gmail.com

Ways to Support Our Programming

Each year, TPC offers Fellowships to exceptional young women who apply and compete for sponsored memberships paid by others. We currently have 12 Fellows. Many are in graduate school or starting careers, and cannot afford a membership fee of $575. Help educate the next generation of women philanthropists by funding a Fellow.

From each member’s dues of $575 or $1,125, $75 or $125 helps defray the educational and programming costs of operating TPC (including Philanthropy Dialogues, Connect the Dots gatherings, our part-time administrator, and our bookkeeper).

These contributions from dues cover roughly one-third of our costs, and we are reluctant to increase the $75 and $125 contribution. Be a Friend: Support Member Education Programs and Administration!

Through iGive, 1769 companies, including Apple, Expedia.com, and Bloomingdale’s, will donate a percentage of your online purchases to TPC. How easy is that? It takes only a few minutes to set up, and with donations ranging from 1.2% to 4%, this adds up quickly. Learn how easily you can establish an iGive account.

Having trouble? Contact Alison, TPC’s administrator (ayoder@ThePhilanthropyConnection.org)