Giving Tuesday will be here before we know it. Traditionally held on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, this day is set aside as an international day of giving to note the beginning of the holiday season and create awareness of those around us who may need our help. We encourage you to participate with a gift to one or more of TPC’s current or past grantees, or by giving a direct donation to TPC’s grant pool.
Another way you can participate less directly but with far-reaching impact is to invite Just One friend or colleague to join TPC, or to personally sponsor a membership for someone you know. For the first time in the last few years, we are lagging in attracting new members and may not reach our goal to raise $250,000 for the grant pool. We ask that you please consider inviting several women to the November 30 Connect the Dots event described below. Together we can make a huge difference and make the coming holiday season and 2021 just a little bit brighter.
Upcoming Events and Opportunities
We are holding a Connect the Dots recruiting event on November 30 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. You can send the attached flyer to your friends, colleagues, family, or book group to attend. Each can register herself, or you can register those interested by using this direct link.
There is still time to sign up for the 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge, which offers participants a self-guided learning journey to examine the history and impacts of racism and other structural inequities. See the DEI section below for more information about The Challenge.
Save the date for our January 14, 2021 Philanthropy Dialogue “Understanding Trust-Based Philanthropy.” Details about the speakers will be available soon.
Science Club for Girls is looking for someone with some expertise in small-shop/non-profit marketing and communications. Specifically, they are wondering if there may be a volunteer who could help develop a communication plan for the year…nothing too fancy, just a good foundation to ensure they are covering all their bases. Interested? Please let llevenson@
Member Impact: Fathers’ Uplift
Liaisons: Carol Berman and Ruth Ferguson
Fathers’ Uplift takes a holistic approach to the mental, emotional, and behavioral health of fathers and their families, with a focus on minorities and urban populations. It operates the nation’s first outpatient mental health clinic to be oriented primarily around fatherhood and fatherlessness, along with providing coaching and youth programming. The “Male Engagement Institute,” through which social workers and students of social work are trained to recognize obstacles unique to fathers and how to respond to them in a constructive manner, is a signature program. (Read more…)
Diversity | Equity | Inclusion
Engaging our Membership
As a part of TPC’s ever growing efforts to create and sustain a community that is inclusive, equitable, diverse, and fosters a brave space to which all people can bring their whole identities and authentic selves, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee invites you to participate in TPC’s very first 21 Day Racial Equity Challenge.
The Challenge is set to start on December 1 and end on December 21. Over the course of 21 consecutive days, the aim is to reflect deeply on the implicit and explicit impacts of white supremacy, privilege and power in our everyday lives. Each day, you will be emailed a daily challenge on a specific topic with supporting materials (primarily short articles or video clips), action items, and reflection questions. We encourage you to allot between 15-20 minutes to engage with the materials and reflection questions. However, please note that you are more than welcome to dedicate time for the Challenge beyond our recommendation.
Our hope is that by intentionally carving out space and time to deepen our understanding around racial inequity, all of us can begin to make meaningful changes that will help foster racial justice in our local, national and global communities.
To register for the Challenge, please visit this link. We hope you’ll consider joining us on this important journey!
As we come off the heels of one of our nation’s most contentious election cycles and begin to get ready for the Challenge, here are some helpful resources that might provide some useful context, perspectives, and frameworks for our learning.
Article: Growing Up Black in All The Wrong Places – In this poignant essay,Jonathan Jackson tells the story of growing up as a Black man in New Hampshire, the complexities of racial inequity, and the path towards liberation.
Book: Caste by Isabel Wilkerson – Through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, Wilkerson masterfully examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions.
Short Film: Dawnland – November is Native American Heritage Month. In honor of this important month, please consider watching this powerful short film, Dawnland. For decades, child welfare authorities have been removing Native children from their homes. In Maine, the first official “truth and reconciliation commission” in the United States began a historic investigation. Dawnland goes behind-the-scenes as this historic body grapples with difficult truths, re-defines reconciliation, and charts a new course for state and tribal relations.
As always, if you’d like to further engage in conversations about, or take action with us towards addressing, racial equity, white supremacy, police brutality, or our personal and philanthropic roles in committing to anti-racism please contact the DEI Task Force directly at: diversity@