Join our Philanthropy Team and other Friends of the Foundation this Spring! Connect at one of 4 gatherings throughout our region. Meet new President and CEO Megan Burke, speak with staff and volunteers, and learn about what’s upcoming for the Foundation.


Hosts Dora and Frank Robinson, and Kimberly Robinson WIlliams
Friday, June 9, 2023, 4:30PM to 6:30PM | Springfield

Hosts Aaron and Debra Vega, and Dr. Christina Royal
Friday, June 16, 2023, 4:30PM to 6:30PM | Holyoke


Hosts Dr. Martin Wohl and Marisa Labozzetta
Wednesday, June 28, 2023, 5PM to 7PM | Northampton

Please contact Jasmine Ruiz with questions at 413-333-4745 or by email at

EVOLVE Philanthropy is an informative and interactive knowledge series offering opportunities to learn, engage, and network with each other. The series reintroduces philanthropy through a diverse, equitable, and inclusive lens, and fosters ways to become effectual agents of support in order to enrich the quality of life in our region. Each session will incorporate a mix of expert knowledge sharing and group discussion, but will be informational in nature. The series is open to donors, professional advisors, community members and partners, staff, and trustees of organizations interested and impacted by community foundation work.

We hope that you will find the series to be thought-provoking, inspirational, and meaningful.

Session Details


Perfect for Trustees, Volunteers, Staff
Wednesday, July 26, 2023, 12:00 to 1:30pm
Description: What does it mean to center racial equity in our work? How do we move from aiming to address structural racism, inequality, and power imbalances to action through changes to our philanthropic practices? What are measurements of success in this work in the short term and long term? Join us for this timely discussion as we aspire to advance this important work.
Facilitator: Tanisha Arena, Executive Director, Arise for Social Justice
Location: CFWM

Open to all
Monday, August 21, 2023, 2:00 to 4:00pm
Description: Our investment team will pair an investment update with a local wine and cheese tasting. Our time together will feature an overview of our investment approach, asset allocation, and recent returns. There will be ample time to enjoy the fare and ask questions! 
Facilitators:  The Community Foundation’s Vice President for Finance Shannon Gurek and Chair of the Investment Committee Mauricia A. Geissler
Location: Mineral Hills Winery, Florence, MA

EVOLVE Philanthropy is the first knowledge and engagement series of its kind offered by the Community Foundation. Visit regularly for announcements on future sessions.

Please note these sessions are free to anyone interested in attending.