TPL-Boston Chosen for 2007 Catalogue for Philanthropy

BOSTON: The Trust for Public Land in Boston has been selected for listing in the prestigious 2007 Massachusetts Catalogue for Philanthropy. This year 390 charities applied for new listings, and 54 were selected, as “examples of excellence” in all fields of Massachusetts philanthropy—the environment, culture (arts and education), human services and international. According to George McCully, President of the Catalogue, “The Trust for Public Land was chosen because they are a great example of ‘private initiatives for public good, focusing on quality of life’ in Massachusetts, and because they are both excellent and cost-effective. We urge donors, especially in the Boston area, to consider adding The Trust for Public Land to their giving list this year.”

The purpose of the Catalogue, now in its 11th year of annual publication, is “to strengthen the culture of philanthropy in Massachusetts…through donor education….” “The Catalogue is designed as a showcase for Massachusetts philanthropy,” McCully said, “and a one-stop shop for a family’s charitable giving. A single check, electronic transaction over the web, or stock transfer, can be allocated to as many charities as the donor pleases, and because the Catalogue is paid-for by its philanthropic sponsors, 100% of every donation goes to the designated charities or fields of philanthropy.” This year it is mailed to 120,000 homes statewide, and is available to everyone on the web, at

The Trust for Public Land is a non-profit organization that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens and other natural places ensuring livable communities for generations to come. We have helped to conserve over 11,000 acres in over 75 cities and towns in Massachusetts. TPL depends on the support and generosity of individuals, foundations and corporations to achieve its land for people mission.

Once again this year, the day after Thanksgiving has been declared “Giving Massachusetts Day”. In his proclamation, Governor Deval Patrick urges all citizens and families to respond generously to the annual year-end appeals they have received from charities. Since 1997, charitable giving here has more than doubled, from about $2 billion to $4.4 billion—a record high for us—in 2005, the latest numbers available.

Posted 12/2007