The Parker Foundation

News for our community partners

We are pleased to announce that the Parker Foundation is coming home to its roots in Lowell.

Effective January 1, 2024, the foundation’s office will be in the Pollard Exchange Building, 55-67 Middle Street. We will occupy suite 501, the former home of the Merrimack Valley Housing Partnership, whose former leader Jim Wilde and current ED, Cathy Mercado, leave such a great tradition of service.

As the Parker Foundation begins its 80th year, we expect our focus to evolve along with this move to Middle Street. We’ll update our website to share the latest news with you.

As 2023 comes to a close, please accept our gratitude for all that you do to benefit the residents of the City of Lowell. With the creation of the foundation in 1944, Theodore Edson Parker’s legacy has been to provide the funds for the critical work done for the community by nonprofit organizations staff and volunteers. Our mission depends on you.

We hope that our physical location in Lowell will help us better understand the community’s needs and interests and that we can be more responsive and involved.

We extend thanks also to Boston-based philanthropic advisor GMA Foundations for a fruitful 40-year working relationship. In particular, we’ve received valuable guidance and support from Phil Hall, who staffed the foundation for decades, and from current Lead Program Officer Chaletta Huertas and team members Sarah Kain and Duey Kohl.

Wishing you peace, hope, and good health in 2024. We look forward to an exciting year,

The Theodore Edson Parker Foundation

Board of Trustees

Karen Carpenter, President

Maria Cunha

DJ Donahue

Luis Pedroso

Sophy Theam


Ben Opara

Vlad Saldaña

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