Event Update: Revitalizing Communities Through Historic Restoration on March 20 Cancelled

Spring Social Issue Talk Series
March 20, 2020
12:00 pm
Nixon Peabody LLP
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​We regret to inform you that the Social Issue Talk, Revitalizing Communities Through Historic Restoration, scheduled for Friday, March 20 will not take place as planned. Our event host, Nixon Peabody, has made the decision to cancel all events with outside organizations for the time being. We hope to work with our keynote speaker to reschedule and will be in touch once we have more information. 

The SIF Team

Join the Social Innovation Forum on Friday, March 20, 2020 from 12:00-1:30 pm for the Social Issue Talk "Revitalizing Communities Through Historic Restoration." Lunch will be provided


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Mary Anthony, Director, 1772 Foundation
Mary Anthony has served as the Executive Director of the 1772 Foundation since 2003. Based in Providence, RI, the foundation is committed to ensuring the safe passage of our historic buildings and farmland to future generations and focuses its grantmaking on historic preservation and farmland conservation. Additionally, the foundation invests approximately $1.5 million each year in historic properties redevelopment programs (also called “revolving funds”), an innovative approach to community redevelopment that uses historic preservation a tool. These proactive preservation programs are versatile, using conservation easements, options, purchase and resale, tax credits, and other means to preserve historic buildings. When a building is returned to private ownership or creates a revenue stream, any proceeds realized as a result of the transaction are used to sustain that building or rescue another endangered property.

Under Mary’s guidance and leadership, the 1772 Foundation become a national leader in the field of historic properties redevelopment programs (HPRP’s). The foundation’s grant recipients have successfully repurposed buildings all across the country. In the process, they have partnered with local stakeholders to tackle big issues, like economic revitalization, neighborhood development, equitable housing, and smart growth. Grantees are working not only to stabilize the built environment of their communities, but also to address the social, environmental and economic issues unique to their localities.

In May 2016, Mary was the recipient of the prestigious Paul E. Tsongas Award from Preservation Massachusetts. This award celebrates the exceptional vision, leadership and accomplishments of women in historic preservation. Mary holds a B.A. from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) from Harvard University.

2020 Social Innovator
WHALE (Waterfront Historic Area League)
Since 1962, WHALE (Waterfront Historic Area League) has rescued over 65 of New Bedford’s historic treasures from the wrecking ball, which has had a profound impact on New Bedford’s economic vitality and continues to assist with the overall revitalization movement that is occurring throughout the city. As the only dual historic preservation nonprofit and Community Development Corporation in the country, WHALE’s unique work lends itself to broaden the scope from looking at individual buildings to entire neighborhoods – finding the correct reuse for these historic structures that will ultimately have the greatest benefit for the community.
Track Partner 
Schrafft Charitable Trust


This Spring, the Social Innovation Forum (SIF) will continue our annual Social Issue Talk Series. We will hold eight free educational events across the city where funders and community leaders can hear from leading experts in our social impact community and our 2020 Social Innovators about the latest trends, best practices, and exciting innovations across a variety of fields.