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Community Conversations: Sister to Sister greatly appreciates all contributions to our work and would like to recognize the following individuals, foundations, companies, and governments for their donations and grants. Together, we are committed to supporting women of color in Cambridge in fostering dialogue about health and healthcare.



Cummings Foundation was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings and has since grown to be one of the three largest foundations in New England. The Foundation is active in four major areas, focusing much of its efforts on the communities in which colleagues and clients live and work. Additional information is available at

  • $25 Million Grant Program (2021-2024)

  • Special Donation MAD$ (2022 x2,2023)

  • CCF Large Fund (2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21, 2021-2022, 2022-2023, 2023-2024)

  • Cambridge Agassiz Harvard Fund (2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18, 2019-20)

  • Americo J. Francisco Charity Fund (2014-15, 2015-16)

  • CCF General Fund Grant (2014-15, 2015-16)

  • Sheila Gamble Fund (2014-15, 2015-16)

Established in 1916 with the charter to serve the city of Cambridge, the Cambridge Community Foundation is a 501(c)3 public charity. Our vision: A vibrant, thriving and inclusive Cambridge, with the culture of giving and opportunity for all. 


Three overarching goals motivate our actions:

  1. Create an inclusive vision and agenda for shared prosperity through grantmaking, civic leadership, and philanthropy

  2. Build a permanent endowment to serve the city today and protect its future

  3. Expand the capacity for civic leadership with a sustained focus on equity, justice and opportunity.

A foundation OF and FOR the community, the Cambridge Community Foundation is a connector, convener, catalyst for change and a collaborative partner to the entire community – Residents/Non-profits; Institutions, Government, Business Community. 

  • COVID-19 Emergency and Recovery Grant  (2021)

The Community Development Department is the planning agency for the City of Cambridge. Our mission is to foster a livable, sustainable, just, and equitable community. Community Benefits Funding grants were made to eligible 501c3 nonprofit organizations to provide services to vulnerable Cambridge residents during the COVID-19 emergency and recovery.

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  • Community Relations Donation (2020)

Sanofi, a health journey partner.


We at Sanofi, are there beside people in need, as a health journey partner. Many patients are depending on us. We aim to protect, enable and support people facing health challenges, so they can live life to its full potential.

  • Donation to support anti-racism agenda (2020)

IEc grew from a handful of employees into a privately held consulting firm of over 100 talented individuals with specialties ranging from economics and business to science and environmental management.

They support natural resource managers, regulators, attorneys, and other decision makers involved in public policy development and implementation, and corporate management. Their consulting work touches upon many fields including economics, science, law, engineering, business, and information management. IEc excels at solving complex, multidisciplinary problems, leveraging a unique combination of analytic rigor, creativity, and insight.

Tufts Health Plan Foundation
  • Momentum Fund Grant (2019)

  • Tufts Healthy Aging R.O.C.S. (Reaching Out to Cambridge Seniors) Grant (2014-15)

Tufts Health Plan Foundation recently announced a $10,000 Momentum Fund grant to Community Conversations to support Community Conversations gatherings for women in the Black community with a focus on older people’s experiences with health care and leadership. Twenty-seven  grants— totaling nearly $270,000—were awarded to community organizations from the new mini-grant program. The fund was established to foster new ideas and advance the movement to make cities and towns better places to grow up and grow old. The Momentum Fund is supporting 10 projects in Massachusetts, 10 in Rhode Island and 7 in New Hampshire. Each is community-led, addresses healthy aging and includes older people in the planning and implementation process.

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  • Adult Mental Health and Wellbeing Grant (2015-16)

  • Capacity Building Grant (2014-15)

Community Health Network Area 17 (CHNA 17) is one of 27 CHNAs in Massachusetts. Established in 1992 under the direction of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Office of Healthy Communities, the CHNAs are coalitions made up of representatives from public, non-profit and private sectors. CHNA 17’s mission is to promote healthier people and communities by fostering community engagement, elevating innovative and best practices, advancing racial equity, and supporting reciprocal learning opportunities to address the needs of the most marginalized members of our communities.  CHNA 17 serves Arlington, Belmont, Cambridge, Somerville, Watertown and Waltham. The coalition’s work is funded primarily through a Determination of Need (DON) allocation from Mount Auburn Hospital, and McLean’s Hospital. The Cambridge Public Health Department/Cambridge Health Alliance also contributes to the CHNA’s community grants.

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