TPC Newsletter: March 2017

Spring is Coming!

March 2017
After a wet, slushy winter, who doesn’t look forward to spring? Bostonians certainly do. But some of us look forward to spring more than others: TPC Grantee Mill City Grows, a Lowell-based organization that grows fresh, healthy food; new member Farida Kathawalla, who looks forward to accompanying her grant team members on Site Visits next month; and TPC’s Membership Engagement Committee, which has been hard at work creating new opportunities for our members to connect.

This issue is packed with information if you’d like to:

  • attend a Philanthropy Dialogue to learn from TPC Grantees Budget Buddies and Families First;
  • grab a friend and join us at a TPC information session;
  • apply for a TPC Fellowship;
  • or register yourself and a friend to attend TPC’s very own Non-Profit Academy Awards Ceremony.

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MCGSchoolGarden2TPC Grantee Mill City Grows
Spotlight on TPC Grantee:
Mill City Grows

For our Grantee spotlight this month, TPC member Susanne Beck interviewed Lydia Sisson, the founding co-director of Mill City Grows (MCG). MCG increases community access to healthy, fresh food through the development of urban food production and distribution networks.

Q: Tell me a little about yourself and how you came to found MCG.

I first got into farming when I was in college at Vassar. After college, I went WWOOFing (willing workers on organic farms) in Europe and loved it. When I came back to the US, I took a job in Lowell working with UTEC in what was then their farming program. In pretty quick succession, I apprenticed at Green Meadows Farm and then started my own community supported agriculture farm in North Reading. (READ MORE…)


TPC Member Farida Kathawalla
Spotlight on TPC Member:
Farida Kathawalla

Member Anne Manning caught up with new member Farida Kathawalla, to see what she’s gotten out of her membership so far. A lot!

Q: Farida, please tell us about yourself.

I am an accountant and I have lived all over the world. I have moved nine times! When I came back to the US in 2010, I re-evaluated my life; I wanted to figure out my passion. After living in so many places, including developing countries, I decided I wanted to do something to give back. I knocked on a lot of doors, asked a lot of questions, and ultimately made a huge change. I work with global non-profits now, raising money for organizations outside the US. My focus is empowering women and lower-resourced folks who don’t have a chance for a better life. I work on projects relating to women’s empowerment and newborn survival and health. (READ MORE…)

Mark Your Calendars! Upcoming TPC Events

March 30: Connect the Dots information session & gathering for young women age 35 and under; Boston. Members, Prospective Members & Guests invited. Click for more & to register

April 6: Philanthropy Dialogue: “What can non-profits and their allies do to advance equity for women of color and women of limited means?” Discussion with TPC Grantees Budget Buddies and Families First; Boston. Members & Guests invited. Click for more & to register

April 13: The Women’s Collective Giving Movement & Your Place in It – Connect the Dots information session & gathering (all ages); Back Bay. Members, Prospective Members & Guests invited. Click for more & to register

April 17: TPC Fellowship application due. Are you 35 and under, and interested in a Fellowship? Click for more & to apply

April 19: Dance & Discuss @ Ballroom in Boston; Allston. Join TPC’s Young Philanthropists for an evening of connection through dance and discussion. Get to know more about TPC and the YPs while learning how to dance salsa and tango from TPC member Lilia Weisfeldt, owner of Ballroom in Boston. Young Philanthropist Members, Prospective Members & Guests invited. Click for more & to register

June 1: TPC Annual Meeting & Grant Awards Announcement; Newton. Join us for our most exciting night of the year, when we announce this year’s 10 Grantees. Members, Prospective Members & Guests invited. Click for more & to register

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