Membership FAQs

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How long does my membership last?

Your membership extends to Dec. 31 of the year after you join (i.e., when you join in 2020, you’re good to go until 12/31/2021).

Do I need to be a member to attend your educational programming? How much do these events cost?

Philanthropy Dialogues are member-only events. With few exceptions, all other TPC programs are open to those interested in learning more about TPC. We do not charge for any of our programs.

What are the opportunities for Young Philanthropists?

In our commitment to foster the next generation of young women philanthropists (YPs), we offer access to all TPC programs for women between the ages of 18 and 35. In addition, YPs are encouraged to join committees where they can learn with and from older members, and to attend events specifically designed for them. Each spring, we offer the opportunity for young women to apply for a TPC Fellowship, a pro bono membership made possible by the generosity of other TPC members who underwrite this program.

Is my membership donation to The Philanthropy Connection tax deductible?

Yes. The Philanthropy Connection is a non-profit organization exempt from federal taxes under IRS Code Section 501(c)3. Contributions are fully tax deductible.

How does The Philanthropy Connection decide which organizations get a grant?

Our grants eligibility criteria and process are spelled out in the New Member Packet.

What am I obligated to do?

Very little! The only requirement is to make a $1,175 or $575 membership donation. We hope that all members will carefully read the ballot and vote, and attend the Grant Awards Meeting when new grantees are revealed. The level of a member’s participation is her choice alone: women may serve on committees or simply vote each year, knowing that each ballot finalist is a worthy investment.

When will my membership dollars be applied to the grants pool?

The grant amounts we award each June are determined by the number of members and amount of dues we receive as of the previous December 31st.

Do I have to live in Massachusetts to join?

No. You must live in (or frequently visit) the Boston area to participate on a Grant Review Team because its 2-3 meetings are in person. Final voting is done by email.

Is there a role for me if I can’t make a membership donation?

Yes. You can become a TPC Friend by donating any amount. These donors play a critical role by funding our administrative and member programs and events. Friends of The Philanthropy Connection do not serve on committees, nor do they vote.

I have a male friend or family member who wants to join. Can he participate?

Yes. While this is a women’s collective giving organization, men can participate as a TPC Friend, can encourage the women in their lives to join, and can give the gift of membership. 

I want to donate more than $1,175. Will I get more than one vote?

No. Every member gets one vote, no matter how much she gives. We, of course, encourage contributions over the standard membership fee as excess funds help defray the expenses of our education events, programs, and part-time administrator.

Can I pay my $1,175 over time?

If you are over 35, we now have an option to pay on a quarterly basis.

If you are between the ages of 18 and 35, you may make monthly payments.

Can I contribute publicly traded stock to cover my membership donation?

Yes. If you would like further information on using stock to cover membership fees or a donation for TPC’s programming and operations, please send an email request to

If I cannot attend the Grant Awards Meeting, can I still vote?

Yes. Voting is done before the meeting via email.

My company matches funds for charitable donations. Can I cover part of my membership fees with funds from my company’s matching program?

Yes, we allow members to use matching funds from their employer’s matching program to help cover their membership contribution.  For more information on how to use this type of payment, please contact Learn more about corporations that offer matching gifts.


Conflicts of Interest

We are deeply committed to selecting our grant recipients through a transparent, honest, and fair process. To ensure this occurs, we have a clear policy regarding conflict of interest, which every member is required to read, sign, and agree to uphold. This policy requires all members, Grant Review Team members, and our Board of Directors to disclose any and all relationships they may have with a grant applicant or potential applicant. We require anyone that has a potential conflict of interest to recuse herself from all discussions and votes that involve the organization with which she has a relationship.