Meet-the-Donors: Community Development

Host Organization: Philanthropy Massachusetts


Community Development is a vast topic with many facets. Join Philanthropy MA as we welcome a panel with a range of interest areas under this large umbrella topic. Our panelists include funders of housing initiatives, healthy alternative transportation options, bike paths/bike-ability, connectivity, food systems and more!

Meet our Team:

Moderator: Marc Draison, Executive Director, Metropolitan Area Planning Council


  • Jeff Bellows, Vice President, Corporate Citizenship + Public Affairs, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • Kurt Gaertner, Land Policy and Planning Director, MA Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs
  • Ruth Goldman, Consulting Program Officer, Merck Family Fund
  • Soni Gupta, Director of Neighborhoods and Housing, The Boston Foundation
  • Lisa Jacobson, Program Officer, Mobility, Barr Foundation

Meet-the-Donors provides firsthand information about the specifics of each grantmaking organization on the panel and also tips that will help your grantseeking efforts in general. We cover a lot of material – from some basic do’s and don’ts to more in depth discussion. They are great programs for those new to grantseeking as well as seasoned pros!

Hope to see you there!

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