Philanthropy Connection

Philanthropy Connection
Founded: 2012

Mission:
To inspire, teach, and empower women to engage in collective philanthropy.

About the Organization:
Co-founded by three women — a consumer advocate, a nonprofit finance expert, and a grants expert — who met through their work as nonprofit board members, the Philanthropy Connection provides women in Massachusetts with a vehicle for collective giving. The organization provides pooled grants to Massachusetts nonprofits working to improve the quality of life for low-resource individuals and families living in the state.

Current Programs:
Women interested in joining Philanthropy Connection are asked for an annual membership fee of at least $1,100 — $1,000 of which goes into a grants pool, with the remainder going toward administrative and program expenses. At the end of each year calendar year, the members' pooled fees are awarded directly as grants of $25,000 each to Massachusetts nonprofits, with members selecting grantees by vote from a list of finalists. Each member can choose her level of involvement in the grantmaking process, ranging from simply writing a check to soliciting and evaluating grant proposals, making site visits, and/or working with the local press to highlight grantees' accomplishments.

Women between the ages of 18 and 35 who cannot afford the $1,100 membership fee but are interested in learning about philanthropy and are willing to donate their time and talents can apply for a Young Philanthropy Fellowship and participate in various committees and project-based work groups.

Web Site:
Visitors to the site can learn about Philanthropy Connection's membership benefits, check out its grantees to date, browse the Philanthropy Connection newsletter, or put themselves on the organization's mailing list. Nonprofit organizations can learn about the activities the organization funds, while supporters can either become a member or make a donation as a non-member.

Web Site:
The Philanthropy Connection receives support from individuals, nonprofit organizations, and corporations.

Address:
c/o Next Mile Project
Two Atlantic Ave, 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02110

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