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 Donors, Fundholders, Artists, Arts Appreciators, and Community Development Professionals
Tuesday, October 17, 2023, 12:00 to 2:00pm
Description:  Join us for a walk through downtown Springfield led by Britt Ruhe, Director of Common Wealth Murals as we view several recently installed murals. We will meet local artists who participated in an innovative training program in community-engaged mural making and learn about Community Foundation’s Valley Creates initiative. We will take a bus from stop to stop, and then we will walk the last few blocks of the tour. A light lunch will be served prior to the walk.
Format: Bus tour and walkabout, with discussion focused on public art.
Location: CFWM Office, 333 Bridge Street, Springfield

Perfect for Donors, Fundholders, Professionals in Philanthropy and Finance, and Young People and their Parents
Tuesday, November 28, 2023, 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Description:  President of Junior Achievement Jennifer Connolly and Terrell Joyner of Unity Financial & Insurance Group will lead youth through an engaging program that will review concepts of earning and spending, saving and investing, and giving. A pizza dinner will be provided.
Format: Afterschool workshop focused on financial literacy and philanthropy.
Location: Junior Achievement of Western Mass, 2nd floor, Tower Square, Springfield

Perfect for Donors, Fundholders, Early Childhood Education Leaders, and Policy Makers
Tuesday, December 12, 2023, 8:30am to 10:30am
Description:  Early childhood education is a critical component to growing families and the wellbeing of our communities. This session seeks to convene stakeholders to share and learn about the challenges and opportunities in the field.
Format: Breakfast reception, with a panel discussion featuring Nikki Burnett, Executive Director, Educare and Paul Belsito, Executive Director, Davis Foundation and tour of Educare.
Location: Educare, 100 Hickory Street, Springfield

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.