June/July 2018 Newsletter

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June/July 2018

Learn more about TPC’s 2018-2019 Grantees

Volunteer Day 1: Catie’s Closet

On June 16, eight women (most of them pictured on the right) made the trip to Dracut, MA to spend the morning volunteering with former TPC grantee Catie’s Closet (CC). CC’s mission is to improve school attendance by providing clothing and toiletries to children in need. Today there are closets in 54 schools in Massachusetts and New Hampshire and CC has served daily over 32,000 boys and girls from preschool to grade 12. In the storage facility in Dracut, there are hundreds of bags of donated clothing and toiletries that must be sorted before making their way to the network of school closets. We spent the morning sorting, folding, and hanging clothing (see TPC members Ruth Isaacs and Anne Poulin below)  work that we spiced up by bringing attention to the occasional “mom” jeans or voting as to whether a particular article of clothing would be embraced or shunned by a teen-ager. One lucky member left the building with unicorn onesie pajamas that just didn’t make the cut. After our morning volunteering, ED Mickie Cockrell gave us a tour of the facility. We walked through rooms of boxed up shoes in all different sizes, toiletries of all kinds, and too many walls and shelves of neatly organized clothing to count. We encourage you to consider donating good quality clothes, shoes, or toiletries that are suitable for K-12 kids to Catie’s Closet and to visit its website.


Volunteer Day 2: BEST Hospitality Training

TPC members Judy Monahan and Ruth Ferguson traveled to BEST’s Roxbury location to conduct mock job interviews for a small group of students in the Job Seeker Program. These students were in the final days of an intensive training program for the service industry, developing skills for employment in restaurants or on banquet staff. The interviewees included BEST’s usual diverse, talented, and committed students, who were excited about graduating the next day. Following the interviews, Judy and Ruth met with several staff members to talk about BEST’s programs and the outlook for employment opportunities in the hospitality industry in Greater Boston. They learned that BEST grads need interview clothes. While there is a little storage room at BEST offices, if you or others you know would like to donate appropriate business clothing, good options are Dress for Success (Boston); Solutions at Work (Cambridge); or Tailored for Success (Malden).

Finally, as a happy bonus, Judy and Ruth left the BEST offices and went next door to the newly-opened second location for Daily Table, a 2017-2018 TPC grantee, to do some grocery shopping!


Welcome New Members!

We extend a very warm welcome to the women who have joined TPC within the last year. Along with an invitation to attend one of the New Member Orientation gatherings listed below, we’re providing a review of TPC’s all-important Grants Committee work as well as a recap of the many activities the Member Engagement Committee planned and coordinated. Looking back over the past year is a way to remind longer-term members of the depth and breadth of our educational programming and outreach efforts and to give new members a sense of what’s to come when we ramp up this fall.

Register for a New Member Orientation Gathering:

August 27 at noon in Boston
September 5 at 6:30 p.m. in Belmont
September 26 at 6:30 p.m. in Cambridge


Member Impact 1: Grants Committee
If you attended the Grant Awards and All Member Meeting on May 31, you heard from our Grants Committee Co-chairs Barbara Gaskin and Pat McSweeney. They did a phenomenal job in coordinating the most important work of TPC: organizing and shepherding the teams that narrow down the number of outstanding potential grantees to the ones we as a group select for funding. There were many steps along the way and many members – over 150 in all, with 128 forming the 17 grant teams who spent time and energy in various roles. We had team captains, deputies, finance leads, financial screeners, and team members, all of whom helped present a slate of 23 finalists from which our 2018-2019 grantee class was selected. Seasoned or new member, we hope you will be counted next year as a member of a grant team, which you’ll hear about later this fall. For now, the data that represent the numbers behind the effort of the grant teams:

  • 148 Letters of Intent (short grant proposals) received
  • 68 Full Proposals requested
  • 34 Site Visits conducted
  • 23 Ballot Finalists chosen
  • 10 Grants of $25,000 each awarded to our new Grantees


Member Impact 2: Member Engagement Committee
Last year’s Member Engagement Committee, chaired by Board member Sandy Lawrence, organized a diverse array of events that included Philanthropy Dialogues with our grantees, events with authors, a film screening, and a new Volunteer Days program. In this program run by member Ruth Isaacs, members have hands-on opportunities to support current and alumna grantees.
Here is a recap of all these events… and a sense of what’s being considered for the year ahead.

Thank you to all the members who responded to the member survey! Liaisons will be chosen within a month, and all other volunteer requests will be responded to in late summer, when TPC Committees fully ramp up for the fall.



Corporate Sponsor of
Philanthropy Dialogues:
Young Philanthropist
Initiative Sponsor:
Connect the Dots
Events Sponsor:

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