Philanthropy Massachusetts believes that networked philanthropy is more effective than individualized philanthropy. Connecting, learning, and pooling funds are just a few examples of what happens when donors come together. We facilitate a networked approach amongst our members and the broader philanthropic sector across Massachusetts by supporting and catalyzing donors to come together as peers around shared interests. This approaches also creates opportunities for sharing ideas and resources with other sectors, such as policy or nonprofit. Our networks are dynamic and evolving communities. We invite you to become involved.
Select networks are actively convened and managed by Philanthropy Massachusetts. These networks respond to donor needs and meet on a regular schedule, either in-person or via Zoom technology. To learn more and become involved, contact Jessica Berns, Network Vibrancy Director. These networks are listed below:
CFO Roundtable: One of our newest networks, CFOs of foundations first came together in 2018 and now meet twice yearly. A list serve for posing questions and exchanging resources exists for this group. Co-chairs: Karen Kelley Gil, Klarman Foundation; Mark Paley, Hyams Foundation; Alfonso Perillo, GMA Foundation.
Community Foundation Roundtable: There are seventeen Community Foundations across Massachusetts. The Roundtable is open to staff of all the Foundations and meets twice yearly in-person plus an additional virtual meeting. The meetings have a content focus but also allow for ample networking time. The location of each meeting varies to ensure convenient access to Foundations across the state.
Essex County Funders Group: This group of individual and institutional funders is currently convened by the Essex County Community Foundation and The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation with Philanthropy Massachusetts as a partner. The shared interest of the group is the vitality of the Essex County region. Historically, the group has come together yearly for a networking, learning, and sharing session focused on opportunities and needs that exist in the County, but will soon be meeting twice yearly. Funders with an interest in improving the quality of life in Essex County are invited to participate, regardless of where they are based.
Family Foundation Learning Collaborative for Non-Family Executive Directors: Non-family member Executive Directors of Family Foundations created this learning community to address specific needs they face in their role. They meet two to three times a year, rotating between different family foundation offices.
Grantmakers of Color: Established in 2005, Grantmakers of Color is a network of people of color who work in philanthropy. This peer and support network, managed and sponsored by Philanthropy Massachusetts, exists to provide opportunities to learn from those within the field and offer professional development opportunities for members.
Greater Lowell Funders Group: The Greater Lowell Community Foundation and the Theodore Edson Parker Foundation plan a yearly gathering for funders currently supporting nonprofits in Lowell, or with an interest in advancing the greater Lowell community.
Massachusetts Arts Funders Learning Collaborative: This longstanding group meets four to six times yearly. A meeting space for funders from across the state investing in arts and culture across Massachusetts, the group explores specific topics of relevance, elevates examples of interesting work, and participates in site visits. The advisors are: Cathy Edwards, New England Foundation for the Arts; Anne-Marie Lubenau, The Bruner Foundation; Jeff Poulos, Philanthropy Massachusetts; Laura Sherman, The Klarman Foundation; San San Wong, Barr Foundation.
Massachusetts Census Equity Fund: The Massachusetts Census Equity Fund is a statewide funding initiative working to increase participation in the 2020 Census, specifically in communities that are at risk of being undercounted. We provide grants for grassroots organizations working toward creating an accurate and fair count, as well as a learning community for partners.
Metrowest Funders Group: An example of a place-based network, funders from the Metrowest region of Massachusetts meet to discuss issues of relevant to the are and exchange ideas. The group is open to funders based in other parts of the state with an interest in supporting the communities of Metrowest. Co-chairs are: Marilyn Martino, The Sudbury Foundation; Dana Neshe, Middlesex Savings Bank; Judy Salerno, Foundation for Metrowest.
Summer Fund: A program of Philanthropy Massachusetts, the Summer Fund is a donor collaborative providing a strategic coordinated approach to build, strengthen, and sustain a network of high-quality summer camps and programs for disadvantaged and at-risk youth. The Fund provides resources to ensure that summer program opportunities are accessible to underserved communities in Greater Boston. The contact for the Summer Fund is Sean Higgins, Program Manager)
Western Masssachusetts Funders Group: An inclusive group for grantmakers funding in communities throughout Western Massachusetts. It exists as a peer community to support grantmakers in the region and ultimately, to create a positive impact throughout the communities of Western Massachusetts. Currently meets twice per year. Co-chairs: Matt Bannister, PeoplesBank & Katie Allen Zobel, Community Foundation of Western MA.
For other philanthropy networks that exist within Massachusetts, or national networks that have city or state level presence, Philanthropy Massachusetts serves as an ally, providing support in different ways. Each of these networks has a specific contact person listed within their respective decriptions..
AAPIP (Asian American/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy) is a national membership and philanthropic advocacy organization dedicated to advancing philanthropy and Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. For more information on AAPIP-Boston, contact the current chapter Chair Hehershe Busuego
Behavioral Health Funders Group
Boston Corporate Givers Group
Boston Education Funders (BEF)
The Boston Education Funders convene a monthly forum for funders interested in public education in Boston and beyond. For more information, contact Kathleen Traphagen, BEF Coordinator at (413) 253-0528.
Boston Philanthropic Advisors Roundtable (BPART) and International Assocation of Advisors in Philanthropy - AiP's Boston Chapter
BPART, an all-volunteer organization, offers quality programming and networking opportunities to Boston’s philanthropic community at no cost to members. As of October 2018, BPART is partnering with a national organization, The International Association of Advisors in Philanthropy (AiP), and BPART’s will take on its new designation as AiP’s Boston Chapter (AiP-BPART). Like BPART, AiP is a diverse forum of professional advisors who are dedicated and inspired to teach and empower clients to effectively direct their philanthropic resources consistent with their deepest values. Members will be able to take advantage of AiP’s national membership and speaker network, monthly educational webinars and “philanthropic power calls”, and attend AiP’s Annual Conference on Philanthropy. Additionally, AIP-BPART can now offer continuing education credit for events across a variety of disciplines.
Cambridge Economic Justice
Cape Cod, Nantucket, and Martha's Vineyard Funders Group
Celebrity and Athletes Funders Forum
Emerging Practitioners In Philanthropy-New England (EPIP- NE)
Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP)’s mission is to support and strengthen the next generation of grantmakers in order to advance effective social justice philanthropy. Geared toward foundation staff, trustees and donors under 40. For more information on EPIP-NE, contact the Steering Committee. For more information on the national EPIP affinity group, visit www.epip.org or contact Biz Ghormley.
Cambridge Funders is a voluntary association of some 30 funders representing Cambridge private and corporate foundations, universities, and banks. Contact person: Geeta Pradham, Executive Director of the Cambridge Community Foundation, 99 Bishop Allen Drive, Cambridge, MA 02139.
Economic Justice Funders Network
The Economic Justice Funders Network works to foster a more just, equitable, and democratic society through joint learning, strategy & funding. We use our collective resources to support grassroots organizing and movement building in communities of color and low-income communities across Massachusetts.
Greater New Bedford Funders Group
GMA Trauma and Resilience Fund
Health Funders in New England
Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP)
Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP) is comprised of individuals who seek to enrich the lives of Native people through bridging organized philanthropy and indigenous communities in order to foster understanding and increase effectiveness. The local chapter of NAP is chaired by Quita Sullivan, New England Foundation for the Arts.
New England Blacks in Philanthropy (NEBIP)
New England Blacks in Philanthropy (NEBIP) was created to inform and transform the practice of philanthropy in Black communities. For more information or to join, contact Bithiah Carter, President, NEBIP.
New England International Donors (NEID)
New England International Donors (NEID) is a vibrant community of engaged global philanthropists learning, giving, investing and partnering together to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure peace and human rights for all. Through strategic networking, educational opportunities, and information sharing we aim to spark donor action and collaboration. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
New England Latinos in Philanthropy (NELIP)
New England Latinos in Philanthropy (NELIP) is a local chapter of Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP), with a mission to strengthen Latino communities by increasing resources for the Latino and Latin American civil sector and by increasing Latino participation and leadership throughout the field of philanthropy. For more information on NELIP, contact one of the current chapter co-chairs, Nahir Torres or Marie-Frances.
PEAK Grantmaking is an affinity group of professionals whose role includes grants manager functions. Its purpose is to provide a forum and peer network for learning, information exchange, professional growth and networking for grants managers and other grants management professionals in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, and Rhode Island. Contact co-chairs Paula Lentoni or Corey Davis.
Progressive Massachusetts Funders Group
Social Justice Funders Network
The SJFN network builds authentic relationships and advances learning among funders convened to shift power and systems that result in equity for all. At the core, the SJFN is rooted in four shared values of justice, respect, inclusion, and love. This self-organized network of individuals and institutions in philanthropy facilitates organic collaborations, nurtures creativity, and experiments as a decentralized network.
United Philanthropy Fourm
United Philanthropy Forum is a philanthropic network comprised of 34 regional associations of grantmakers with more than 5500 participating organizations, making it the largest network in American philanthropy. With deep regional roots and a broad nationwide reach, the Forum Network facilitates effective philanthropy that strengthens communities and improves lives throughout the United States. We fill an important role in the philanthropic sector by improving the effectiveness of foundations and expanding their capacity to advance the common good. In addition to Philanthropy Massachusetts, New England is home to three other regional associations with whom we often partner:
Youth Philanthropy Network
Immigrant Inclusion Network