TITLE: Executive Director
FUNDING AREAS: Health, animal welfare, visual arts, land conservation, and historical preservation
CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org, 617-451-6178
IP TAKE: Page has not publicly supported any one issue area over another, so it's difficult to gauge his passions. But one thing he is passionate about is staying true to Amelia Peabody's legacy of philanthropy. Simple applications with straight-forward goals go a long way with Page, who's a no-nonsense type of leader.
PROFILE: The executive director of the Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund is Evan C. Page, who keeps a low profile compared with his professional equals. Page's job is to keep the small foundation staff and board of trustees focused on furthering the philanthropic legacy of Amelia Peabody. Non-profit organizations in Boston and the Greater New England area are considered for grants, and the focus areas have always been on health, animal welfare, visual arts, land conservation, and historical preservation.
Page runs a no-frills foundation, with a straight-forward application process and well-defined objectives. Although he considers all of New England for some projects, social service and youth service grants are reserved for Massachusetts. Unlike some other foundation directors, Page is looking for programs that benefit the largest number of people possible and that are time-sensitive. At the fund, Page has little more than an executive assistant/grants coordinator working with him. So it should come as no surprise that he doesn't like to work with nonprofits that have a lot of overhead and administration needs.
Amelia Peabody ran her own philanthropy until she passed away in 1984. During her lifetime, Peabody was a very private person as well and donated much of her wealth quietly to people who didn't even know her name. It seems that Page has chosen to follow his predecessor's example. Today, Page works with four trustees for the fund to award about $8 million to $10 million in grants each year.
Page wants grant proposals to be a clear, concise, and straight-forward as possible. He sees strength in simplicity. Neither Page nor the trustees are very accessible for grantseekers. They ask that all your communication be mailed to them in writing. They regularly don't schedule interviews, meet with applicants, make formal site visits, or provide advice.
In all honesty, not much is publicly known about Page's background or prior experience. He hasn't been an outspoken advocate for any specific causes, but rather lets Amelia Peabody's passions be his guide when making grants. Most animal, health, youth, museum, environment, and historical causes in the Boston area are fair game. When Dr. Lisa Wood was appointed the foundation's chair for nursing research, Page commented that her work aligned with Peabody's objectives. In a Massachusetts General Health Institute press release, Page said that Peabody would be pleased with Wood because Peabody "liked to see strong women succeed, and you certainly are doing that with your research."
To learn more about Peabody's grant application process, review the Preparing Your Proposal section of the foundation's website. Once you mail in your application, sit back and wait for a call to come in from Page, the quiet voice of the foundation.