October 2022 Newsletter

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October 2022

TPC Celebrates 10 Years of Impact!

On Monday, September 19, we welcomed 112 members, grantees, former members, and guests to 10 Years of Grant-Giving: A Celebration of TPC’s Impact Since 2012 at Lawn on D. The energy was electric with so many amazing TPC women in one space together. Members connected with one another, reflected on the meaningful impact TPC has made, and learned more about what TPC is planning for the future to continue to be a leader in philanthropy. We invite you to find photos from the evening here.

Continuing TPC’s efforts toward Trust Based Philanthropy, our first-ever Catalyst Grant was awarded to RIA, Inc. whose mission is to stand with and support people with experience in the commercial sex trade, and its associated exploitation, trafficking, and prostitution, by providing a range of community-based services. (See the feature on RIA below.)

In just 10 years, TPC has grown from 131 members awarding $130,000 to 5 organizations in our first grant cycle to almost 300 members granting $275,000 to 10 exceptional organizations. In total we have granted more than $2.1 million to incredible nonprofits in the greater Boston area. This impressive impact is thanks to the many members who have served on grant teams, led committees, hosted events, and made TPC into a welcoming, hard-working organization.

We hope that you will continue to be a part of our next 10 years. If you haven’t already, please renew your membership. If you renew by November 1, your investment will be matched with $25; the match has already raised $1,900 for our grant pool. Also, consider inviting a friend or colleague to learn more about TPC and get involved.

Have You Renewed Your Membership Yet?

Autumn has officially arrived and at TPC that means we are already deep into planning our next grant cycle, which includes creating grant teams and sizing the grant pool. Members who want to participate on a 2023 grant team need to renew or pledge to renew their membership by November 1. This allows the Grants Committee to determine the staffing of the teams and also helps determine the size of the grant pool by including your membership investment amount. As a special renewal bonus renewals and pledges made by November 1 will be matched with a $25 donation that goes directly into the grant pool!

Renewing is easy. Log onto the TPC portal, click Renew, and follow the prompts. You can opt to pay your membership immediately or pledge to pay at the end of the year. We will invoice you prior to the December 31 due date. 


Grantees Need Help Advancing Employment Outcomes

Fall is a great time to reconnect and re-engage with what matters most. In that spirit, a number of our grantees are looking for your help with advancing employment outcomes for the communities they serve. Consider whether your place of employment provides any opportunities for you to help:

  • Partakers: Is your workplace CORI friendly? Partakers would like to share your job postings with their clients – formerly incarcerated men and women that pursued higher education.
  • Minds Matter Boston: Employ an MMB high school student or alum (college student) in a paid internship at your company to help create a diverse and talented pipeline of future employees. MMB has a growing pool of 200+ alumni that they can circulate opportunities to; MMB also hosts an alumni career fair annually at which you or a company representative could present.
  • Mothers for Justice & Equality: As part of MJE’s Workforce Readiness Initiative, young mothers are prepared to enter the workforce. MJE is looking for possible placements for these clients, or practice interview opportunities.
  • Young Man with a Plan: Host a high-school-aged young man for a shadowing experience at your workplace. 

If you are able to support any of these initiatives, share your information here for follow up.


Upcoming Events/Volunteer Opportunities

Tuesday, November 15, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Join us virtually for a Dialogue with grantee Young Man with a Plan. Executive Director Jaykyri Simpson will tell us about “Affirmation and Achievement” and how the organization provides services to help youth gain access to opportunities that lead to a sustainable future.

November 1 or December 1. We are very excited to extend an invitation for you to join the more than half of TPC members that have participated in the 7-Day Racial Equity Challenge. We’re offering an updated self-guided version: you choose the date you would like to start, gain access to the materials, and receive an email reminder each day for 7 days. Sign up today: November 1 or December 1  

Get to know RIA – Ready • Inspire • Act

RIA works to end the victimization of bodies for the sexual gratification of others.

RIA’s mission is to stand with and support people with experience in commercial sex, and its associated exploitation, trafficking and prostitution, by providing a range of community-based services – including peer mentorship, advocacy, clinical care, case management and training workshops.

Did you know that RIA was the first recipient of TPC’s new Catalyst Grant?

How can you get involved?

  • Join RIA’s development advisory board and provide expertise in development, fundraising or building a monthly donor base.
  • Are you a social media savvy person or someone with website skills who has time and a passion for RIA’s mission?  If so, you have the potential to help RIA expand its reach and help more people. 
  • Do you work at an employer thatprovides grants to nonprofits by invitation only? If so, please provide RIA with an invitation to apply.
  • Can you make an introduction to a famous performer who might be a headliner for RIA’s 2023 gala?
  • Link to Career and Volunteer opportunities

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please send your resume with a brief letter of interest to info@readyinspireact.org or to RIA’s TPC liaisons, Melanie Calzetti-Spahr and Donna Williams.

DEI Spotlight

Diversity | Equity | Inclusion

Questions about the midterm elections on November 8? The Elections Division of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has consolidated everything you need to know to exercise your right to vote online. You can check your registration status, find your polling place, and even look at candidates’ information. While voter turnout typically drops during midterm elections – as opposed to presidential elections when voter turnout is higher – there are still important local, state, and federal races to vote on.

Across the country the run-up to this year’s midterms has been making the news as issues like Reproductive Justice (specifically access to abortion), global warming and environmental protections, and inflation and the economy take center stage. While these issues may drive people to want to vote, access to the ballot is being systematically restricted in a variety of ways that disproportionately disenfranchise people of color, people of low socioeconomic status, people who are younger or older, LGBTQ people, and others that are often deliberately marginalized. 

Want to share feedback, ideas or resources? Please email us directly at: Diversity@thephilanthropyconnection.org.



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.

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