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Other Funder Networks

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 listed below.

AAPIP (Asian American/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy): A national membership and philanthropic advocacy organization working to expand and mobilize resources for Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities to build a more just and equitable society. For more information on AAPIP-Boston, contact  the current chapter Chair Hehershe Busuego.

Behavioral Health Funders Group

The Massachusetts Givers Group: The Massachusetts Givers Group is a coalition of corporate and foundation funders predominantly Boston based, dedicated to effective and innovative community strategies.  Members meet every other month to share best practices, collaborate on addressing critical issues and enhance community investment strategies. Briana Curran, Vice President, Communications & Community Relations at Wells Fargo chairs the 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

Cambridge Funders: 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.

Cape Cod, Nantucket, and Martha's Vineyard Funders' Group: This group is inclusive of the philanthropic community of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket. Funders of all types are invited to join the annual meeting to discuss regional topics of interest, network, and explore points of connection. The contact person for the funders group is Jeffrey Bilezikian of Bilezikian Family Foundation.

Celebrity and Athlete Foundation Forum:  The Celebrity and Athlete Foundation Forum was created in 2012 and is a professional networking group for Founders, Executive Directors, staff and others who support the charitable work of professional athletes, celebrities and sports teams in the Boston community.  Membership is open to individuals, charitable foundations, for - profit companies and sports team foundations supporting and working with high profile individuals who understand the importance of serving and giving back to their community.  For more information on membership, contact founder and co-director Lisa Borges.    

Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP)'s mission is to empower emerging leaders and elevate philanthropic practice in order to build a more just, equitable, and sustainable world. Our national programs, regional member-led chapters, and sector advocacy give emerging leaders the opportunity to hone their craft, connect with peers around the country, develop authentic approaches to their leadership, and grow in and into an equitable sector that supports their full development as practitioners. For more information on EPIP's national programming and events, visit www.epip.org or contact us at membership@epip.org. For more information on EPIP's Boston chapter, visit https://www.epip.org/boston_chapter



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 - The Trauma and Resilience Fund has been established to explore innovative responses to the adverse effects of childhood trauma. The Fund offers a six-month pooled giving and immersive learning experience to donors eager to understand and address the impact of childhood trauma, particularly the trauma of living in chronic poverty. Contact GMA Director Phil Hall by phone 617-391-3097 or email Phil Hall to learn more about the GMA Funder Community

Health Funders in New England

nap_logo.jpgNative Americans in Philanthropy (NAP): NAP mission's is to promote equitable and effective philanthropy in Native communities. The local chapter of NAP is chaired by Quita Sullivan, New England Foundation for the Arts.

NEBIP logo.gifNew England Blacks in Philanthropy (NEBIP): NEBIP is an organization that unites Black philanthropists, trustees, and staff of granmtmaking institutions to enhance philanthropy's ability to address the needs of Black communities nationally and globally. For more information or to join, contact Bithiah Carter, President, NEBIP.

New England International Donors (NEID): 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 neid@tpi.org for more information.

New England Latinx in Philanthropy (NELIP): This group is currently inactive, but for more information or to consider next steps, contact Sergio Marin Luna (The Hyams Foundation).

PEAK GrantmakingPEAK 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 of Massachusetts (SJFN): The SJFN emerged in 2011 from the collective desire of progressive foundations and donors to build relationships and advance learning among those in the philanthropic sector working to address the root causes of the injustices in our communities.  Sergio Marín Luna (The Hyams Foundation) and Sheryl Seller (The Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy, Brandeis University) are the contacts for this Network.

United Philanthropy Forum: The 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


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