The Philanthropy Connection, Inc

aka The Philanthropy Connection   |   Cambridge, MA   |  www.thephilanthropyconnection.org

Mission

The Philanthropy Connection's mission is to inspire, teach, and enable women to engage in collective philanthropy, in order to provide high-impact grants to charitable organizations that improve the quality of life for low-resource individuals and families living in Massachusetts.

Ruling year info

2012

President

Ms. Barbara Gaskin

Main address

1770 Massachusetts Ave. Suite 222

Cambridge, MA 02140 USA

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Formerly known as

Women Grant-Makers of Massachusetts Inc

EIN

46-0665444

NTEE code info

Other Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking Foundations N.E.C. (T99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Philanthropy Connection (TPC) addresses four key needs in Greater Boston: - providing grants to non-profits addressing the needs of under-served communities; - training our 250+ members how to effectively read grant applications, determine the financial stability of applicants, and conduct on-site visits; - educating the next generation of women about how to be a philanthropist; and, - informing our members of the pressing health, financial, social, and educational challenges faced by low-resource individuals in our communities.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Women's collective giving

Each year The Philanthropy Connection pools members' donations to make grants to local organizations working to decrease education, health, and income disparities in Massachusetts.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goals are to teach multi-generational women how to become informed, knowledgeable donors by learning the skills, such as reading non-profit financial statements, that a smart donor needs; to become aware of the prolific inequities that exist throughout Greater Boston; and to encourage members’ support of the non-profits we fund as donors, volunteers, providers of pro bono expertise, and Board members.

Additionally, we want our model of collective giving to be accessible to all local young women. Each year, we provide pro bono memberships for up to 10 Fellows who are interested in our model but not at a point in their careers where our membership donation is affordable. Fellows have specific responsibilities in helping TPC operate, like serving on a grant team and sitting on a Committee. Their dues are sponsored by other members.

Each year, roughly half of members participates in our grant process, and assess letter of intent applications, determine which applicants will be asked to submit full proposals after intensive financial vetting, and conduct site visits. Ultimately, these 16 to 17 teams recommend finalists for our all-member voting in which each woman, regardless of her financial contribution, gets one vote.

Subsequently, members volunteer to serve as Liaisons, with two women serving as the connection between the grantee and TPC. This involves ensuring that the funded project is on track, and working with the grantee one its “Wish List” of needs that could be fulfilled by our volunteer efforts or donated. Two recent examples are conducting “mock interviews” before grantees’ clients are interviewed by an HR representative, and sorting donated clothes and toiletries that are available to students in schools where the federal poverty is 50% and above.

We hold 4 to 6 Philanthropy Dialogues, educational events during which 2 grantees discuss their efforts to ameliorate a particular social issue. In 2019-2020, the overarching theme of the Dialogues is “Activism”, with grantees discussing efforts to level the playing field of access to healthcare, good paying jobs, healthy food, and educational opportunities.

TPC is a volunteer-run organization with the exception of a part-time administrator who works 20 hours per week. Our 16 member Board chairs and co-chairs Committees (Grants, Finance and Audit, Member Engagement, Young Philanthropist Initiative, Marketing and Communications, and Development), with many other members filling vital volunteer positions.

Our grants are funded by members’ annual membership contributions. Young Philanthropists (those 35 and younger) pay $575, of which $500 is for grants and $75 is for defraying operational and mission-related expenses; for women over 35, dues are $1,175, of which $1,000 is for grants and $175 is applied to operational and mission-related expenses. We have three corporate sponsors who underwrite the Young Philanthropy Initiative, our member recruitment events, and our Philanthropy Dialogues.

In six years of grant-making, we have awarded $1.3 million to 42 Greater Boston area non-profits. Our program of educating Young Philanthropists is the largest of any among the 1,500 collective giving groups in the U.S.; we are frequently advise other groups starting this program, and each year since our founding, we have been asked to speak at a national conference of giving groups about these Young Philanthropists.

Grantees – both current and alumni ones – frequently mention that they have never worked with a funder who provides such extraordinary hands-on volunteering and engagement. Several have commented that while our grants are wonderful, the bigger benefit is involvement of our members and their contributions of helpful contacts and their skills in development, PR, law, and marketing.

Financials

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The Philanthropy Connection, Inc

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Barbara Gaskin

Barbara Gaskin

Susan Benford

Cheryl Wakeham

Sandra Lawrence

Melanie Calzetti-Spahr

Cathy Konicki

Jennifer Angarita

Valerie Basnight

Caroline Boeckman

Erin Cooper

Kathy Dunigan

Bridget Dunn

Leslie Levenson

Sue Meehan

Jennifer Morrison

Cassandra Trujillo