October 2019 Newsletter

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October 2019

Learn more about this year’s TPC Grantees

Giving Tuesday Is Coming!

Dec 3 is the day to rev up your giving and help exceed last year’s record $62 million raised nationally.

Members can help TPC, too, by taking advantage of either signing up with iGive or AmazonSmile, who send us a percentage of the purchases members make. Nearly 3,000 on-line retailers participate in iGive – making this SO easy.

Hidden Talents…
We thought it would be fun to give you a chance to learn a little about your fellow members.

Barbara Gaskin’s prowess with a camera was featured over the summer at the Chasing Light Photography Show.

Watch Fellow Nyah Macklin rock her cap and gown.


Upcoming Dialogues:

Nov 6, Chestnut Hill, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. “Immigration and Activism” with grantees Justice at Work and Project Citizenship and Carol Rose, ED of the Massachusetts ACLU.

Dec 5, Cambridge, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. “Homeless and Foster Youth, and Activism” with grantees Y2Y and Massachusetts Adoption and Resource Exchange (MARE), and Shaheer Mustafa, President and CEO of Hopewell Inc.

Feb 12, Boston, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. “Education and Activism” with grantees Boston HERC, The Wily Network, and Friends of the Children.


Volunteer Days Subscription List – Opt In!

TPC’s Member Engagement Committee has designated 2019 as our “Year of Doing.” It has been said that the impact of philanthropy is magnified by action. Throughout our educational programming, such as Philanthropy Dialogues, Lunch and Learns, and Book Clubs, we are going to explore the intersection of philanthropy and activism. We will learn about, and participate in, how grantees mobilize their volunteers to advance their missions on the ground. Our Volunteer Days initiative has become our call to action, and this year it is our goal to enhance the value of each of our 10 grants by engaging our members in activities that directly benefit our grantees and the communities they serve. (Read more…)


Grantee Impact: Project Citizenship
TPC Liaisons: Tariana Little and Dylan McGarvey

We spoke with Veronica Serrato, the Executive Director of Project Citizenship, to learn more about her and the work Project Citizenship is doing in our community.

Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to work with Project Citizenship.

I started at Project Citizenship (PC) after a career in family law. When I saw the opening for the Executive Director (ED) position, I was interested in a new challenge, and believed that I had the necessary skills and could learn the law required to do the work. My parents were naturalized citizens and knew first-hand the impact that citizenship can have, not only on an individual, but on generations. Since I became the ED, PC has helped 6,500 people become US citizens. I believe naturalization is an effective tool for overcoming the many obstacles immigrants face, and seeing the powerful impact of taking this path is the favorite part of my work. Unlike many other temporary solutions that require additional applications and paperwork down the road, naturalization allows one to enjoy the rights of US citizenship permanently. While the process is complicated and expensive, PC helps people apply for fee waivers and helps throughout the application process. (Read more…)


What We Do and Why (AND HOW!): Grant Making

TPC has distributed over $1,300,000 in grants to 42 organizations (some of whom have received multiple grants) and is now beginning its seventh grant cycle. With thousands of worthy greater Boston organizations seeking our 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 want to learn how to identify healthy organizations that are successfully tackling such pressing issues, join a TPC grant team. Members, you should have received an email to sign-up this week. (Read more…)

Any questions, email connect@thephilanthropyconnection.org.


Corporate Sponsor of
Philanthropy Dialogues:

Young Philanthropist
Initiative Sponsor:

Connect the Dots
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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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