Parker Foundation Approves New Lead Program Officer

The Theodore Edson Parker Foundation is pleased to announce Chaletta Huertas as its new Lead Program Officer.  For several years Ms. Huertas has provided staff support to the Foundation alongside the former Lead Program Officer and GMA Foundations Director Philip Hall.  GMA Foundations helps donors define and reach their philanthropic goals with expert advice and comprehensive services.

A graduate of Cornell University, Chaletta Huertas has been a program officer at GMA Foundations since 2008.  Ms. Huertas has helped foundation clients through all stages of their development–from setting up a new grantmaking program to crafting a legacy plan when a foundation sunsets. Along the way, she has guided foundation trustees in creating and fine-tuning their impact measurement systems and exploring innovative program designs.

The Parker Foundation was established in 1944 under the will of Theodore Edson Parker, of Lowell, Massachusetts.  Since the late 1980’s, the foundation has focused its grantmaking in Lowell, which is home to the second largest Cambodian-American population in the United States.  The Parker Foundation board includes Newell Flather (president), Karen H. Carpenter (vice president), David W. Donahue, Jr. (treasurer), Sophy Theam (clerk), and Luis M. Pedroso.  Chaletta Huertas is joined in staffing the Foundation by Philip Hall and Liz Drewry, her colleagues at GMA Foundations. In 2017, the Foundation made grant payments of $1,115,500 in charitable contributions.

The Parker Foundation is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, both in its grantmaking in Lowell and in its governance.  Limited by Mr. Parker’s instrument to a board of five, two of the current trustees are women—Karen Carpenter and Sophy Theam— and two are immigrants—Luis M. Pedroso and, again, Sophy Theam.

Theodore Edson Parker Foundation Announces 2017 Grants

Theodore Edson Parker Foundation Announces 2017 Grants

The Theodore Edson Parker Foundation paid a total of $1,115,500 in grants in 2017 to nonprofit organizations working in Lowell, Massachusetts. In addition to these grants, the Foundation ended the year with $282,000 in pledged grants for likely payment in 2018.

 

The Parker Foundation operates with an open application process and is known for its seed-funding for new organizations, support for program innovations, and the expansion of existing programs. This style of funding accounted for more than 90 percent of the grants portfolio.  Examples of new efforts include:

  • large-scale, start-up support for the Lowell Heritage Partnership and its Lowell Waterways initiative
  • a predevelopment grant to the Coalition for a Better Acre for the creation of an arts and community center at the Smith Baker Center
  • the development of an early education center at United Teen Equality Center
  • a capacity-building grant to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lowell to expand services to older teens.

Capital support, for facilities renovation, totaled $325,000 and included a final payment of a $1 million pledge to the Lowell Community Health Center for its phase one capital campaign for the Dr. Moses Greeley Parker Health Building.

Health-related grants totaled $345,000 (31 percent), followed by grants to human services organizations (24 percent). Three grants focused on the treatment for substance abuse. The largest of these, to Lowell House, supported the organization’s move into the Lowell Community Health Center. Two grants, to Operation Delta Dog and Veteran’s Legal Services, were aimed at Lowell veterans.

As has been true for years, Foundation places an emphasis on projects serving a diverse constituency, including anchor organizations such as the Coalition for a Better Acre and the Lowell Community Health Center. It seeks to deepen its support for immigrant and underrepresented populations over the next few years. The Foundation initiated a new Diversity Initiative to highlight the importance of diversity within the Foundation, amongst its grantees, and in the larger Lowell community.

The Parker Foundation was established in 1944 under the will of Theodore Edson Parker, of Lowell. The Foundation is managed by its five trustees:  Newell Flather (President), Karen Carpenter (Vice President), David W. Donahue, Jr. (Treasurer), Sophy Theam (Secretary), and Luis Pedroso. Staffing is provided by GMA Foundations, a Boston-based consulting firm that helps private foundations and other donors increase their impact and efficiency.

The Foundation is Moving!

The Theodore Edson Parker Foundation is moving!
Effective May 1, 2017 our mailing address will be:

The Theodore Edson Parker Foundation

2 Liberty Square, Suite 500

Boston, MA 02109

Please note, our email addresses and phone numbers remain the same.

Theodore Edson Parker Foundation Announces 2016 Grants

The Theodore Edson Parker Foundation paid a total of $1,015,785 in grants in 2016 to nonprofit organizations working in Lowell, Massachusetts. In addition to these grants, the Foundation concluded the year with $740,000 in pledged grants for anticipated payment over the years 2017–2018.

The Parker Foundation operates with an open application process and favors one-time projects, including startup support for new organizations. New ventures for 2016 included: Made in Lowell, an oral history project; Aaron’s Presents, an organization engaging children in charitable activities; Generation Citizen, hands on civics education programming; Life Connection Center, a soup kitchen and community center for those struggling with substance abuse.

Housing and human services funding to support the city’s most needy residents totaled $202,500. As in prior years, the foundation paid close attention to Lowell’s immigrant community, with a total of $250,000 explicitly directed to immigrant-led organizations and programs serving Lowell’s newcomer populations. Support for programs directly concerned with the welfare of children and youth totaled $345,000.

The foundation’s largest grant in 2016 was a $143,285 contribution to the Lowell Community Health Center as part of a $1 million pledge for the new Moses Greeley Parker building in Lowell, named after the uncle and benefactor of Theodore Edson Parker. Approximately 56% percent of the foundation’s grants supported capital needs.

In December 2014, the trustees established the Tom Leggat Opportunities Fund with the Greater Lowell Community Foundation. The Leggat Fund makes an award annually to deserving Lowell students recognized as having great unrealized leadership potential. Onotse Omoyeni and Chummeng Soun were selected to receive this year’s award.

The Parker Foundation was established in 1944 under the will of Theodore Edson Parker, of Lowell.   The foundation is managed by its five trustees:  Newell Flather (President), David W. Donahue, Jr. (Treasurer), Sophy Theam (Secretary), Karen Carpenter and Luis Pedroso. Staffing is provided by GMA Foundations, a Boston consulting firm for philanthropy, under the long-time direction of Philip Hall.

Theodore Edson Parker Foundation Elects New Leadership

The Theodore Edson Parker Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Luis M. Pedroso as a new trustee for the foundation.  Mr. Pedroso has served as a senior advisor to the Foundation since 2007.

An immigrant from the island of Sao Jorge, Azores, Pedroso arrived in the US in 1969 and graduated from Lowell High School in Lowell, Massachusetts.  Four years after his high school graduation, he founded his first business, Qualitronics, which was sold in 2000. He returned to the electronics contract manufacturing industry in 2004 as cofounder and president of Accutronics, Inc. in Chelmsford, MA.

As a respected business owner, philanthropist and caring and committed member of the Portuguese community in Lowell, he is the co-founder of the Saab-Pedroso Center for Portuguese Studies and Research at UMass Lowell (2013), the Portuguese American Scholarship Fund, an endowed fund at the Greater Lowell Community Foundation (2004), and the Helio and Amelia Pedroso Endowed Chair in Portuguese Studies at UMass Dartmouth (2002).

Mr. Pedroso has received numerous awards for his philanthropic contributions, including an honorary degree from UMass Dartmouth (2005), the Title of Commander of the Order of Prince Henry from the Portuguese President Cavaco Silva (2007), the George L. Duncan Award for Excellence from Enterprise Bank and Trust (2008), and the Distinguished Alumni Award from Lowell High School (2008).

The Parker Foundation was established in 1944 under the will of Theodore Edson Parker, of Lowell, Massachusetts.  Since the late 1980’s, the foundation has focused its grantmaking in Lowell, which is home to the second largest Cambodian-American population in the United States.  The Parker Foundation board includes Newell Flather (president), David W. Donahue, Jr. (treasurer), Karen Carpenter, and Sophy Theam.  Philip Hall of GMA Foundations serves as the Foundation’s long-term administrator and provides staff support with his colleagues Chaletta Huertas and Hannah Blaisdell.  In 2015, the Foundation made grant payments of $1,041,648 in charitable contributions.

Theodore Edson Parker Foundation Announces 2014 Grants

The Theodore Edson Parker Foundation paid a total of $1,154,594 in grants in 2014 to nonprofit organizations working in Lowell, Massachusetts. In addition to these grants, the Foundation concluded the year with $855,000 in pledged grants for anticipated payment over the years 2015–2017.

The Parker Foundation operates with an open application process and favors one-time projects, including startup support for new organizations. New ventures for 2014 included Project LEARN (a strategic initiative to raise private funds for the Lowell Public Schools), an alternative sentencing program for first-time offenders, a program for homeless students in Lowell, and Lucy’s Love Bus, which provides palliative care for child cancer patients.

Basic needs funding to support the city’s most needy residents totaled $185,000. Included in this total was a one-time grant in response to the city’s Branch Street fire—the worst residential fire to occur in Massachusetts in 20 years. As in prior years, the foundation paid close attention to Lowell’s immigrant community, with a total of $192,000 explicitly directed to immigrant-led organizations and programs serving Lowell’s newcomer populations. Support for programs directly concerned with the welfare of children and youth totaled $516,500.

The foundation’s largest grant in 2014 was a $140,000 contribution to the Lowell Community Health Center as part of a $1 million pledge for the new Moses Greeley Parker building in Lowell, named after the uncle and benefactor of Theodore Edson Parker. Approximately 20 percent of the foundation’s grants supported capital needs.

In December, the trustees established the Tom Leggat Opportunities Fund, a $100,000 endowed fund at the Greater Lowell Community Foundation. This fund was established by the Parker trustees as a permanent endowment at the Greater Lowell Community Foundation in the name of Thomas E. Leggat, a Lowell native and longtime trustee of the Parker Foundation, to honor his services to Parker and in recognition of his interest in the advancement of youth and his dedication to the betterment of Lowell. The fund makes an award annually to a deserving student who is recognized as having great unrealized leadership potential. The Opportunity award may be pertinent for a given individual for any number of good reasons, and particularly due to difficult personal or family circumstances.

The Parker Foundation was established in 1944 under the will of Theodore Edson Parker, of Lowell. The foundation is managed by its four trustees: Newell Flather (President), David W. Donahue, Jr. (Treasurer), Sophy Theam (Secretary), and Karen Carpenter. Luis Pedroso serves as a senior advisor to the foundation. Staffing is provided by GMA Foundations, a Boston consulting firm for philanthropy, under the long-time direction of Philip Hall.

For more information, please contact Newell Flather, President, at 617/426-7075; or Philip Hall, Administrator, at 617/391-3097. The foundation’s web address is posted at www.gmafoundations.com.

Parker Foundation Announces over $970K in 2013 Grants

The Theodore Edson Parker Foundation paid a total of $978,449 in grants in 2013 to nonprofit organizations working in Lowell, MA. In addition to these grants, the Foundation concluded the year with $841,000 in pledged grants for anticipated payment over the years 2014-2017.

The Foundation operates with an open application process and favors one-time projects, including startup support for new organizations. New ventures for 2013 included the small Saydanar Community Development Center and its support for Lowell’s growing Burmese population, a time bank for the exchange of volunteered hours developed by the Coalition for a Better Acre, and first-time support for Mill City Grows, a new community gardening program in Lowell. Another first-time grantee was Catie’s Closet, which provides clothing and other personal items to low-income students in the Lowell Public Schools.

The University of Massachusetts Lowell was funded for two special projects. The Foundation’s largest grant in 2013 was a $140,000 contribution to the Lowell Community Health Center as part of a $1 million pledge for the new Moses Greeley Parker building in Lowell, named after the uncle and benefactor of Theodore Edson Parker. Nearly 30 percent of the Foundation’s grants were for capital projects.