October 2018 Newsletter

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October 2018

Learn more about TPC’s 2018-2019 Grantees

Fall has arrived and that means the holidays are fast approaching. Do you have a special woman on your gift list? We’ve got the perfect gift: a TPC membership for women of all ages. We can even keep it a secret and provide a “gift card” that describes all the benefits of membership and information about upcoming events.


Tickets are now on sale for the December 1 “Philanthropy on the Field” event. TPC is partnering with Doris Buffett’s Learning by Giving Foundation for Boston’s first large scale, one-day philanthropy event at Fenway Park. Learn more about this amazing day and purchase your tickets soon.

Other upcoming events…

Connect the Dots: November 7 (Rockport), 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Our guest speaker will be TPC grantee Health Care Without Walls

Connect the Dots: November 26 (Winchester), 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Our guest speaker will be TPC grantee Adolescent Consultation Services

Connect the Dots: November 28 (Watertown), 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Our guest speaker will be TPC grantee Partners for Youth with Disabilities

If each member invited just one friend to a Connect the Dots gathering, we’d meet our membership goals quickly and will award yet another $250,000 next spring (because we know that when women learn about what TPC is and does, many join!).

Philanthropy Dialogue: December 4 (Cambridge), 6:30 to 8:30 pm
This Dialogue will focus on food insecurity and feature TPC grantee Boston Area Gleaners and special guest, chef Irene Li, co-founder of Mei Mei Group.

Check out all of TPC’s Fall events


What We Do and Why (AND HOW!): Grant Making
TPC has distributed over $1,000,000 in grants to 43 organizations and is now beginning its sixth grant cycle. With thousands of worthy greater Boston organizations seeking your support, it can be difficult to learn about and decide which organizations will wisely use your donations of time, money, and/or talents. While most of us have a deep understanding of an organization or two, have you ever wondered about non-profits that address the pressing problems of homelessness, food insecurity, domestic violence, educational support, women’s health, or legal services for immigrants and low wage workers? If you’re a member and you want to learn how to identify healthy organizations that are successfully tackling such pressing issues, look for the team sign-up email coming soon. Any questions, email connect@thephilanthropyconnection.org.Learn more about the grant review process


Grantee Impact: Resilient Coders
TPC Liaisons: Bryanne Mahoney Bowen and Louisa Jacquinto

TPC liaisons Bryanne Mahoney Bowen and Louisa Jacquinto sat down with Chief of Staff Rouguiatou Diallo (pictured right) to catch up with Resilient Coders as it enters its second year of funding from TPC. Resilient Coders is an intensive, immersive, all-day non-profit coding bootcamp that trains people from traditionally underserved communities, providing them with the technical skills they need to be competitive and successful in today’s workforce. Now operating with a team of five, Resilient Coders is celebrating its four-year anniversary. (See our January 2018 interview with Founder David Delmar for further information about this grantee.)

Interview with Rouguiatou Diallo, Chief of Staff at Resilient Coders


Member Impact: Volunteer Evening with Justice at Work

On Thursday, October 11, TPC celebrated with grantee Justice at Work at their annual fundraiser, Salsa for Justice. Guests enjoyed delicious (and abundant!) Brazilian and Hispanic food, as well as the opportunity to dance bachata, forró, salsa, and freestyle, all in efforts to support low-wage immigrant workers in the Greater Boston Area. A performance by professional salsa dancers, and lessons for aspiring ones, were the highlights of the night. In between keeping the buffet replenished, registering guests, and selling t-shirts and raffle tickets, TPC liaisons Ksenia Verdiyan and Liz Stanfield (pictured) and member volunteers Jessica Bethoney, Carol Berman, Ruth Ferguson, Ruth Isaacs, and Dylan McGarvey made sure to tear up the dance floor. Many thanks to Justice at Work for including TPC in the fun. We can’t wait to party again next year!



Young Philanthropist Update
This summer, many YPs gathered at the Boston Public Garden for a potluck dinner. They had a great time catching up, getting to know new members, and sharing their excitement for the upcoming year at TPC.

Speaking of YPs, later this month, a handful of TPC members will attend the Women’s Collective Giving Grantmakers Network’s 7th Annual Conference in Philadelphia. Two YPs have been asked to sit on panels to discuss their efforts to support TPC.

Leigh Chandler (Fellows Class of 2017-2019) will be participating on a panel called “Posting & Promoting: Effective Use of Social Media” along with representatives from Impact100 Greater Milwaukee and the San Diego Women’s Foundation. These young women will present on social media best practices, focusing on usefulness for members and grantees. They will highlight recommended types of posts, how to develop your organization’s voice, and analytics tracking. Leigh is on TPC’s social media team and has been a crucial player in TPC’s social media success.

Cassandra Trujillo (Fellows Class of 2016-2018) will be participating on a panel called “Young Philanthropist Programs” along with representatives from Impact 100 Sonoma, Impact 100 Philadelphia, and the Women’s Giving Alliance. These women will provide an overview of the different young philanthropist program models used around the country. In fact, TPC’s YP program has been a model for a number of these organizations. Cassandra led the fellowship application process last year, and is an expert on the subject.

Stayed tuned for lessons learned from the conference in next month’s newsletter.


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

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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.

Email: connect@thephilanthropyconnection.org
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.

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