June 18, 2019
Philanthropy Event at Fenway Yields $100K for 21 Nonprofits

December 15, 2018 — The Learning by Giving Foundation in Boston and the Red Sox Foundation recently hosted 180 emerging philanthropic and community leaders at Fenway Park to inaugurate Philanthropy on the Field, which led to the allocation of $100,521 to 21 nonprofits in Boston and nearby communities.

The Dec. 1 event, the first of its kind in Boston, focused on engaging millennials in philanthropy. The program included panel discussions on philanthropic giving, and enabled participants funds to nonprofit organizations of their choosing.

Event participants reviewed the nonprofits’ applications, spoke in groups with organization representatives, and then then used an app to rate thee organizations in terms of their relevance, impact, sustainability and excellence in management and operations.

The Learning by Giving Foundation and the Red Sox Foundation provided the funds for the event.

The ticket price for the event was $200, of which $100 was automatically loaded into each participants account for allocation via their app. Learning by Giving also committed to give at least $1,500 to each organization.

Representative Joe Kennedy III, speaking on a panel at Philanthropy on the Field, said, “We've got an awful lot of work to do and it won't be solved just by the government stepping in. We need to work together with businesses to leverage opportunities that will provide everyone with the tools they need to succeed.”

Attendees also heard from Sam Kennedy, CEO and president of the Boston Red Sox; Robert Lewis Jr., president and founder of The BASE; Juma Crawford, executive director of the Lewis Family Foundation and the Grand Circle Foundation; Colleen Richards Powell, vice president and director of corporate citizenship at MFS Investment Management; Lauren Birchfield Kennedy, co-founder of Neighborhood Villages; and Alex Buffett Rozek, chair of the Learning by Giving board.

The following organizations received funds:
  • Boston CASA, Boston: $2,522
  • Breakthrough Boston, Boston: $6,502
  • Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Boston: $2,072
  • Citizens for Juvenile Justice , Boston: $2,422
  • Elizabeth Stone House, Roxbury: $1,947
  • Future Chefs , Boston: $1,962
  • Generation Citizen, Boston: $2,077
  • Haley House , Boston: $2,147
  • Hyde Square Task Force, Jamaica Plain: $1,953
  • InnerCity Weightlifting, Boston, Cambridge: $27,372
  • Jeremiah Program, Boston chapter: $1,772
  • Lovin’ Spoonfuls, Boston: $2,382
  • Media Girls, Boston: $1,500
  • Playworks, Boston chapter: $1,822
  • Samaritans, Boston: $11,622
  • Silver Lining Mentoring, Boston: $16,567
  • Strong Women Strong Girls, Jamaica Plain: $2,117
  • Waypoint Adventure, Lexington: $1,547
  • Women’s Lunch Place, Boston: $1,692
  • Write Boston, Roxbury: $1,647
  • Y2Y Harvard Square, Cambridge: $6877

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