March 2019 Newsletter

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March 2019

Learn more about TPC’s 2018-2019 Grantees

Job Opportunities

Recruitment Manager, Member Engagement Committee (MEC)

The MEC is looking for an enthusiastic woman to lead TPC’s recruitment effort. We need a woman who will help bring new members into TPC that is:

  • Willing to organize CTDs from September to May;
  • Able to conceptualize and execute creative new recruiting activities;
  • Available for at least two lunchtime CTDs in downtown Boston;
  • Creative and organized; and,
  • Willing to coordinate with Marketing & Communications to get the word out about these events.

Questions? Please email Sandy Lawrence, VP and Chair of the Member Engagement Committee.

Hostesses Wanted

TPC is always looking for women who are ready, willing, and able to host Connect the Dots (CTDs) or Philanthropy Dialogues in their homes or offices.  We need capacity of 20 for CTDs and 35 for Dialogues (we even can supply chairs!). Is this you? Please email us to share this good news.

Upcoming TPC Events…

March 27: A YP’s Look at Philanthropy in Boston
Join TPC’s Young Philanthropy Initiative for this informative conversation, featuring a number of women in philanthropy who represent prominent New England community and corporate foundations. During a panel discussion, the philanthropists will reflect on their careers in the field and the ways each of their foundations approach giving in Boston.

May 29: Grant Awards and All Member Meeting
It’s not too early to sign up for our largest and most rewarding event of the year. It’s always exciting to learn who our new grant recipients are, and everyone enjoys the opportunity to connect with them and each other. We’ve taken the “cap” off of the number of invitees this year and hope you will think of Just One woman that you can bring along to introduce to TPC and its mission. The Grant Awards and All Member Meeting really is the perfect night to introduce potential new members to TPC, and please let us know if you would like to volunteer by checking the box on the registration page.


One-Stop Shopping: Grantee Wish Lists

From time to time, we get requests from our grantees for volunteers who are willing to participate individually in their organizations, on boards, committees, or on special projects. In our efforts to maximize TPC’s value to our grantees, we routinely publish and update these requests in the Wish List section of the Grantee area of our website. Here, in one easy-to-view snapshot, are the current opportunities for TPC members to fulfill these Grantee wishes by volunteering time and talent.

TPC Volunteer Day Opportunities

There are three exciting Volunteer Day opportunities coming up in April! As always, they are first come, first served. Details about parking, public transportation options, etc. will be provided upon registration.

BEST Mock Interviewing
The next opportunity to participate as a Mock Interviewer for BEST is just around the corner. Scheduled for April 17, 2019, the mock interviews will be held at the Roxbury location at 2201 Washington Street, near Dudley Square in Boston. There will be two shifts: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM and 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM. You are welcome to sign up for either or both shifts.

Justice at Work
Grantee Justice at Work is looking for seven volunteers for their Annual Celebration and Solidarity Awards on April 25, 2019. The event runs from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM and will be held at 26 West Street, Boston. They are looking for three people to be there from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM doing general set-up and covering chairs; two people from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM selling tickets and registering guests; and two people from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM selling tickets and registering guests. To learn more about the event in general, visit

De Novo Annual Volunteer Appreciation Event
De Novo (formerly CLSACC) is holding its Volunteer Appreciation event on April 29, 2019 at Lesley University at Porter Square, Cambridge. They are looking for two or three volunteers to provide registration assistance and to serve as greeters starting at 4:45 PM.


Grantee Impact 1: De Novo (formerly CLSACC)
TPC Liaisons: Madelaine Eulich and Sophie Gildesgame
Madelaine Eulich met with Mojdeh Rohani, the Executive Director of De Novo (formerly Community Legal Services and Counseling Center [CLSACC]) to discuss De Novo’s work.De Novo provides free civil legal assistance and affordable psychological counseling to low-resource individuals and families. Its services combat the effects of poverty and violence by helping clients and their children meet basic human needs for safety, income, health, and housing. De Novo’s staff and dedicated volunteers respect the dignity of every person who walks in the door, and support them in regaining the rights they’re entitled to, working through the impacts of trauma, and helping them to rebuild their lives. De Novo draws on the expertise of 130 dedicated volunteer professionals to serve the community’s most vulnerable members.Continue interview with Mojdeh Rohani


Grantee Impact 2: Partners for Youth with Disabilities
TPC Liaisons: Judy Ferretti and Jane Musser Nelson
TPC Liaisons, Judy Ferretti and Jane Musser Nelson had the opportunity to speak with Regina Snowden, founder and Executive Director, and Kristin Humphrey, Mentoring Director, of Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD) about their work. Regina (center) and Kristin (left) joined us at TPC’s 2018 Grant Awards event with former Fellow Shailean Hardy (right). PYD’s goal is to create a world where young people with disabilities will be able to live with dignity and pride in who they are, and to lead self-determined lives filled with purpose.Nearly 30 years ago, Regina saw a great need to provide services focused specifically on youth with all manner of disabilities so she founded PYD. To achieve its goal, PYD focuses on mentoring and training. First, PYD provides 1:1 mentoring for youth ranging as young as 8 years old, but primarily in their early teens to early 20s. Today the organization has over 100 mentors who work with youth. Second, PYD saw that these young people needed extra support as they transitioned to college. Thus, “ementoring” was created, a program that provides support to freshman and sophomores via email to ensure they remain and thrive in college. Third, PYD also provides group mentoring, consisting of weekend gatherings with mentors and social events throughout the year. Fourth, PYD also provides a career readiness program called “YELP,” which delivers career advice, résumé writing, interview practice, and job training. PYD works with companies to find internships and jobs for the youth it serves. Last year, PYD offered its services to 102 young people. Finally, PYD also provides inclusion training at corporations such as Liberty Mutual and Safeco.Continue interview with Regina Snowden and Kristin Humphrey


Member Impact: Jesse Hatfield Coakley

TPC Board member Jesse Hatfield Coakley has had a busy few months. She was married in October and also began a new job as the Philanthropy Associate with Hemenway & Barnes, sponsor of TPC’s Young Philanthropist Initiative. In connection with her work with family philanthropies, individuals, and other donors, Jesse recently contributed to H&B’s blog on the topic of women in philanthropy. We hope you enjoy reading it.



Young Philanthropist Initiative

On February 24, our TPC Fellows gathered at the home of Ilene Greenberg for their annual retreat. After catching up over coffee and breakfast, Marta Pagán-Ortiz led us through a values clarification exercise rooted in acceptance and commitment therapy to help us recognize and acknowledge the core values we hold and to show ourselves compassion when we feel we’re not meeting those values.

Amy Feind Reeves then gave us much-appreciated advice on career pathing. She highlighted good networking practices and shared strategies on how to work effectively with men.

We finished the day with Phuong Luong, founder of Just Wealth, a financial planning business. Phuong facilitated a discussion around the racial and gender wealth gaps and provided a trove of resources for Fellows to turn to regarding personal finance.

It was a full, thought-provoking time. We not only thank our presenters, but thank the ever-gracious Ilene for not only hosting us, but providing us with not one, but two, delicious meals.



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