Fall Kick-off Letter from TPC President Susan Benford
Dear TPC Community,
After awarding grants to 10 remarkable non-profits on May 31, TPC ratcheted down activities for members so we could tend to summer housecleaning and planning for fall and next year. And what a fall it will be! Here are some of the events and dates to save on your calendar:
New Member Orientations
If you’ve joined TPC within the last year, this is an opportunity to learn about our history, how we operate, our grant process… and have any and all questions answered.
September 5 (Belmont), 6:30 to 8:30 pm
September 26 (Cambridge), 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Connect the Dots
Overwhelmingly, the number of new TPC members are referred by existing ones. Do you have a co-worker, daughter, gym buddy, book club pal, or neighbor who might be interested in our model and community? Please invite her to one of these upcoming CTDs, and include her name when you RSVP. And don’t worry if you can’t attend – we’ll take good care of her!
September 13 (Arlington), 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Our guest speaker will be TPC grantee School on Wheels Massachusetts.
November 7 (Rockport), 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Our guest speaker will be TPC grantee Health Care Without Walls.
This season’s CTDs are generously supported by TPC’s long-time sponsor Cambridge Trust Company.
PS: We are always looking for members to host or co-host CTDs. Please contact Sandy Lawrence if you are interested in learning more.
The theme for this year’s Dialogues is “Life on the Economic Margins,” with our focus trained on disparities in access to justice, education, opportunities, and health care in Greater Boston.
September 20 (Cambridge), 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Driving this conversation about access to justice will be grantees Community Legal Services & Counseling Center and Justice at Work.
October 30 (Brookline), 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Our guests will focus on access to education with TPC grantees Budget Buddies, Enroot, and Resilient Coders.
Our Philanthropy Dialogues are supported by the Center of Women and Wealth at Brown Brothers Harriman, whose generosity allows us to hold these educational events.
Special Event: Lunch and Learn
“Diversity in Non-profit Leadership….or Lack Thereof”
Drawing on recent data and a variety of non-profit sector experience, Jennifer Aronson of The Boston Foundation will explore with us why the percentage of people of color in Executive Director/CEO roles has remained under 20% for the last 15 years, even as the country and the people non-profits serve have become more and more diverse, and what we as philanthropists can do to effect change.
October 29 (Boston), 12:00 to 1:00 pm
Grant Review Process
Signing up for a Grant Review Team to help do our most important work starts on October 15 so watch your inbox! The initial applications for funding, or Letters of Intent (LOI) applications, are due on December 10.
Other Important Events/Dates
The Women’s Collective Giving Grant-Makers Network (WCGN) Conference is October 21 to 23 in Philadelphia. This umbrella organization of collective giving groups consists of 14,000 members whose organizations have donated over $100 million to US non-profits. Conference speakers representing TPC are:
- Fellow Leigh Chandler, who will be discussing Posting and Promoting: Effective Use of Social Media;
- YP Cassandra Trujillo, who will speak on the panel, Experiences from the Field: Young Philanthropist Programs & Initiatives; and
- Susan Benford, who will co-lead a panel titled, Managing Growth: Is Bigger Better? and participate in a session, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion: The Essential Journey and Practice.
Many thanks to Hemenway and Barnes for underwriting the participation of our Young Philanthropists at this Conference!
Philanthropy on the Field
TPC is partnering with Doris Buffett’s Learning by Giving Foundation for Boston’s first large scale, one-day philanthropy event at Fenway Park. On December 1 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, over 250 of Boston’s young professionals and emerging leaders will be introduced to the Foundation’s model and philosophy, and will participate in directing over $100,000 in various amounts to participating local non-profits. Learn more about this amazing day.
The Massachusetts Conference for Women is being held on December 6 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. TPC will have a booth in the Exhibit Hall, offering the 13,000+ women who attend the opportunity to learn more about us. (The conference is sold out, but you may place your name on the waiting list if you are interested in attending.)
More exciting events are in the works, and we will be sharing details soon. Until then, here’s to a pleasant, relaxing finish to our summer as we head into an action-packed fall for TPC!
President, and Chair, Development Committee