February 20, 2020
Newly Established Philanthropy Connection Disburses $130K

December 12, 2013 — The Philanthropy Connection, an organization of women in the Greater Boston area that formed earlier this year to raise funds for nonprofits in the region, and to connect women to nonprofit boards, announced that it has granted $26,000 to each of five organizations.

Marla Felcher, co-founder of The Philanthropy Connection (TPC), said, “We put a lot of effort into creating a rigorous grant evaluation process, but we put equal effort into making philanthropy meaningful, social, and fun."

The following organizations will receive funding to support a specified program or general operations:
  • Adoption and Foster Care Mentoring, Inc., Boston – Founded in 2001, AFC Mentoring is the only community-based mentoring program in Massachusetts that exclusively serves youth with foster care or adoption experience.

  • Crossroads for Kids, Duxbury – Through a unique combination of immersive summer camp and year-round mentoring and enrichment programs, Crossroads for Kids provides youth ages 7-18 years old with comprehensive support, resources and opportunities which guide them toward academic success, higher education, meaningful careers and responsible citizenship.

  • The Family Nurturing Center of Massachusetts, Dorchester – For almost 20 years, the Family Nurturing Center has worked to build nurturing communities where children are cherished, families are supported, and healthy human development is promoted by all. At the heart of FNC’s work is the belief that parenting is a learned skill, not an innate talent.

  • REACH Beyond Domestic Violence, Waltham – REACH Beyond Domestic Violence is building healthy communities by ending domestic violence. REACH is committed to advancing the safety, healing and empowerment of those who experience domestic or relationship violence through direct services and education while promoting social justice for individuals and families of all backgrounds.

  • RESPOND, Inc., Somerville – RESPOND, Inc. is New England's first domestic violence agency and the second oldest in the nation. For over 35 years RESPOND has provided life-saving shelter, support services, training and education. Services are free and confidential, and available to all survivors of domestic abuse.
TPC members each year contribute $1,000 to a pooled fund and jointly decide which nonprofits will be awarded grants. TPC focuses on organizations with annual budgets under $4 million serving the Greater Boston area.

Felcher and co-founders Dharma CortÚs, and Suzanne Carter set a goal to recruit 100 members and raise $100,000 in six months, but reported that it took only seven weeks to attract 130 women.

"From the start, I had a hunch that there were 'untapped pools of benevolence' in our community, and the speed by which we recruited members demonstrated that my hunch had been correct," said Felcher.

TPC also secured office space with The Next Mile Project, a Boston nonprofit that provides other nonprofits with pro bono legal and professional services and collaborative workspace.

TPC said it plans to grow to 200 members in 2014 and distribute $200,000 in grants.

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