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January 2020

Wayfair Really Does Have Just What We Need!

Change is in the air for the venue for this spring’s Grant Awards and All Member Meeting. Though we’ve appreciated the meeting space offered by the Newton Marriott, we were faced with the ever-climbing expenses charged. Luckily, we were able to secure space at Wayfair free of charge via Board member Cassandra Trujillo. While the venue has changed from Newton to Copley Place, the other trappings of our big event remain largely the same. There will be many opportunities for you to help plan and run the event, all coordinated by Caroline Boeckman. Details about how you can help will be forthcoming, but if you already know you’d like to be involved, please email Caroline at to let her know she can count on you.

Let’s Fill Some Wish List Needs for Food Link!

The March 4 Dialogue is the perfect opportunity to help Food Link with some much-needed items. Heading to Staples or need an item to get that free shipping from Amazon? Please review this list for the things you can help with and bring(or send via a friend) any of the needed items to the Dialogue and we’ll take care of the rest. Of course, gift cards are welcome too.

Mar 4, Brookline, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Philanthropy Dialogue about “Community and Activism” with grantees Cambridge Women’s Center, Food Link, and FriendshipWorks. Register

Other Events:

Jan 30, Cambridge, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Special Book Discussion “Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A.” with author Danielle Allen. Register

Feb 3, Boston, 11:45 am to 1:00 pm. New Member Orientation. Register

Feb 4, Wellesley, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Please join grantee The Wily Network at Wellesley College for its 2nd Annual Wily Speaker Series, featuring James Morton, President & CEO, YMCA of Greater Boston at Wellesley College. Register

If you’re free to volunteer for the evening, The Wily Network needs a few of us to help set up, greet guests, pack up, etc. More information is available when you register to volunteer.

Feb 10, North Andover, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Connect the Dots. Would you (or a friend) like to hear from one of our grantees and also learn more about how you can get involved with TPC? Register

Feb 12, Boston, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Philanthropy Dialogue about “Education and Activism” with grantees Boston HERC, The Wily Network, and Friends of the Children. Register

Feb 13, Cambridge, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. New Member Orientation. Register

Mar 19, South End Boston, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Connect the Dots. Register

Apr 15, Lincoln, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Connect the Dots. Register


Grantee Impact: Y2Y Network
Liaisons: Carol Berman and Koren Phillips

Y2Y Network, located in Cambridge, is the nation’s first student-run homeless shelter. TPC liaisons Carol Berman and Koren Phillips met with co-founder Sarah Rosenkrantz to discuss all things Y2Y. Sarah is a 2014 graduate of Harvard College and co-founded Y2Y with fellow student Sam Greenberg.

Please tell us a little about yourself and the founding of Y2Y.

The idea for Y2Y came about while I was in college and volunteering on staff for the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter, an adult shelter in Cambridge. There was a marked uptick in young people coming into the shelter, and at that time there were only 12 beds for youth in the city.

According to Sarah, youth do not typically feel comfortable in adult shelters, but since the volunteer staff at the Harvard Square shelter was predominantly college students, they did. Using this observation, Sarah and others organized an advisory board to start developing Y2Y. The Y2Y Harvard Square location opened in December 2015. (Read more…)


Member Impact: MA Conference for Women

In December, TPC once again exhibited at the Massachusetts Conference for Women, an annual event for women who come to learn from dozens of expert speakers about issues that matter to women. Attendees come for inspiration and motivation, to network, to learn about personal and professional development, and for community. (Read more…)

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Philanthropy Dialogues:


Young Philanthropist
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Connect the Dots
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