May 2022 Newsletter

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May 2022

Renew Today and Register for Grant Awards Celebration

TPC’s mission to award yearly grants to exceptional nonprofits does not end with this year’s exciting Grant Awards celebration on June 8 (register today to join the general Zoom session or a neighborhood watch party of your choosing). The membership retention committee is already planning for the spring of 2023, and we are asking current members to renew now to take advantage of an opportunity to magnify your membership investment… 

We are happy to announce that a match of $25 will be donated to TPC for the first 150 members who renew or commit to renew their membership by July 1. That’s an extra $3,750.00 into the 2023 grant pool! Can we count on you to renew or commit to renew now? Simply, follow this link. The Pay Online option allows you to renew immediately with a credit card. The Invoice Me option logs your renewal commitment and sets up a payment reminder in November. If you prefer to renew by check, mail your payment to: The Philanthropy Connection, 1770 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 222, Cambridge, MA 02140. Thank you for your continued commitment!

Liaisons Needed!

We are seeking TPC members to serve as grantee liaisons to the 10 organizations selected for our 2022-23 grantee cohort. Many of our seasoned liaisons will carry on as volunteers, and we are looking for 10 new liaisons to join the group! (Each organization is assigned two liaisons, who work collaboratively.) If you are new to TPC, or looking for a way to deepen your engagement, this is a wonderful way to do so.

About the role: Grantee Liaisons play a key role in the grantee’s experience with TPC. As a liaison, you’ll serve as the grantee’s main point of contact at TPC and conduct periodic check-ins (virtual or in-person) and interviews with your grantee. Liaisons are responsible for three main things:

  1. Work with grantees to help TPC go “beyond the check” by identifying and coordinating opportunities for members to volunteer time and talent or give in other ways.
  2. Stay in touch with grantees and share stories and events with members (as, say, social media posts) as well as provide a feature article in TPC’s newsletter. For example, BEST Hospitality Training is featured this month.
  3. Solicit feedback and insights from grantees to help us understand organizations’ needs and meet them when we are able.

Liaisons are also required to attend an initial training in June, attend group sessions with other liaisons throughout the year, and complete interim and final reports. As a liaison, you’ll be supported by a grantee engagement coordinator who will assist you in navigating your role and help in fulfilling, where possible, a grantee’s requests. Need more information? Visit the What We Do and Why section of TPC’s website to learn more about our Liaison Program.

Interested? Complete this interest form by May 31. You will be contacted no later than June 8 to confirm your participation in the program.

Questions? Contact Mieke Rice, grantee Engagement Co-Coordinator. 


Volunteer Opportunities

Sunday, May 22. Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) finds permanent adoptive homes for children and teens in foster care. MARE’s largest and most important fundraiser of the year, Jordan’s 5K Run/Walk for Adoption will be held on Sunday, May 22. Learn more here or even better, form a TPC team!

BEST Hospitality Training is looking for TPC volunteers to practice interviewing skills with graduates of its healthcare environmental services and hotel housekeeping training programs. Practice interview sessions will be held virtually between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm the weeks of:

  • June 6 through June 17

If you have a knack for résumé crafting, please volunteer for one of the sessions below:

  • May 23 through May 27

To sign up or for information, contact BEST staff member Lori Sylvia. New volunteers are required to attend a one-hour virtual training session.

Grantee Impact: BEST Hospitality Training

Liaisons: Linda Corinne and Nancy Hsuing

Boston Education, Skills & Training (BEST) is a sector-based, 501(c)3 nonprofit workforce development agency that combines pre-employment and incumbent worker training, to enable hard-working individuals, often without fluent English or higher degrees, to obtain and succeed in well-paying jobs. It successfully focused on hospitality industry jobs and has pivoted to provide training for housekeeping roles in hospitals. (Read more…)


DEI Spotlight

Diversity | Equity | Inclusion

As the term Reproductive Justice is frequently in the news at the moment, it seems timely to share more about this term.

The Reproductive Justice framework was created by women of color and is focused broadly on the “human right to have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities.” A brief history of the term can be found here with more resources below:

  • Resources: Race & Reproduction Articles, documentaries, books, and more on the origins of reproductive justice from Race & Medicine.
  • Documentary: Trapped follows the clinic workers and lawyers on the front lines of the battle to keep abortion safe and legal for millions of American women.

Want to share feedback, ideas or resources? Please email us directly at:

The Philanthropy Connection’s mission is to inspire and enable a community of women to learn, grow, and engage in collective giving to support nonprofit organizations that address systemic inequities impacting individuals and families within the greater Boston area.

Phone: 617-544-7812

TPC members include all women who identify as cisgender, transgender, agender, gender queer, and femme. TPC welcomes everyone for whom “woman” is a meaningful identifier or experience.

TPC qualifies as a public charity under section 501(c)(3) for US tax purposes. Our EIN is #46-0665444.