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Newell Flather was a force in Lowell

Memorial: Philanthropist died Aug. 30 at age 83. By Barry Scanlon, Correspondent for the Lowell Sun Lowell » He wasn’t a screamer. Didn’t rant or rave. Didn’t speak the most. But during a meeting, when he voiced his opinion, all eyes around the table gravitated toward Newell Flather. “You’d be in a meeting and he would quietly ask […]

Foundation’s DEI Progress Reflects its Place-Based Grantmaking

The Theodore Edson Parker Foundation has a history of prioritizing its commitment to underserved groups in Lowell, Massachusetts, the city in which the foundation was established in 1944. But in order to really effect change and to more closely reflect an evolving and increasingly diverse Lowell—home to a large immigrant population, including the nation’s second […]

Karen Carpenter Elected Board President of the Theodore Edson Parker Foundation

Effective January 1, 2021, the Trustees of the Theodore Edson Parker Foundation have voted Karen Carpenter as Board President. Karen has been a Parker trustee since 1982 and was the first woman trustee elected. She succeeds Newell Flather, who has served as chair for 40 years and who will continue to serve as Past President.

Theodore Edson Parker Foundation Announces 2020 Grants

The Theodore Edson Parker Foundation paid a total of $1,293,150 in grants to nonprofit organizations working in Lowell, Massachusetts in 2020, and pledged a total of $190,000 for likely payment in 2021. The Parker Foundation’s grantmaking, and its open application process, is focused primarily on the city of Lowell and its residents.  Parker has a […]

Grantee Spotlight: Mill City Grows

The Theodore Edson Parker Foundation spotlights grantees who have taken intentional and concrete steps in becoming more equitable and inclusive. With the understanding that no organization has “made it,” our goal is to inspire others with practical examples of progress. Sowing Seeds: Food Justice Mill City Grows (MCG) is a nonprofit in Lowell, MA that […]

Parker Foundation Board Names Three Lowell Residents as Advisors

Lowell MA: May 30, 2019   Theodore Edson Parker Foundation announces the appointment of three new Lowell advisors, residents Maria Cunha, Ben Opara, and Vladimir Saldana, who will serve for a two-year term in an advisory capacity to the foundation’s board until 2021. Parker President Newell Flather made the announcement of the appointment following the Spring […]

Grantee Spotlight: Lowell Community Health Center

The Theodore Edson Parker Foundation spotlights grantees who have taken intentional and concrete steps in becoming more equitable and inclusive. With the understanding that no organization has “made it,” our goal is to inspire others with practical examples of progress. Equity & Inclusion Is a Journey Lowell Community Health Center (CHC) is a community-based health […]

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 […]

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 […]

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