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.

  • CCF Bundled Fund (2016-2017, 2017-2018, 2018-2019)

  • Cambridge Agassiz Harvard Fund (2015-2016, 2016-2017)

  • Americo J. Francisco Charity Fund (2014-2015, 2015-2016)

  • CCF General Fund Grant (2014-2015, 2015-2016)

  • Sheila Gamble Fund (2014-2015, 2015-2016)

  • Tufts Healthy Aging R.O.C.S. (Reaching Out to Cambridge Seniors) Grant (2014-2015)

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. 

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  • Adult Mental Health and Wellbeing Grant (2015-2016)

  • Capacity Building Grant (2014-2015)

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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  • Momentum Fund Grant (2019)

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.

In 2008, James Roosevelt Jr. created the Tufts Health Plan Foundation, fulfilling a long-held desire to use the assets of Tufts Health Plan in a way that brings demonstrable improvement to longstanding health care issues facing our communities. Tufts Health Plan Foundation’s mission is to improve the health and wellness of the diverse communities we serve. Our vision is that all communities are vibrant and healthy because they integrate older people, view them as a critical asset in the community, and embrace transformational policies that lead to integrated best practices and improve individual health and wellness. Through our community investments, the Foundation has given more than $31 million to Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island nonprofits that improve healthy living with an emphasis on older people. The Foundation began funding in New Hampshire in 2016. The Foundation funds programs that move communities toward achieving age-friendly policies and practices that are relevant, focus on the most vulnerable, and include older people in the process.

Community Conversations: Sister to Sister, a women's health initiative, is an an ongoing, open forum to explore health issues of particular relevance to Black women and their families. 

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