How will you change the world?
GMA Foundations helps you define a clear path to transformative philanthropy, and then walks the path with you as an ally and a guide.
We partner with individual and organizational donors as managers, advisors, and facilitators. With over a quarter-century of insight and field experience, GMA Foundations is changing the world by helping you change the world.
We invite leaders of nonprofit organizations to join us each quarter for a brown-bag lunch discussion about issues, ideas, and concerns in the nonprofit and philanthropic community.
The meetings are a time for us to “talk shop” and move beyond the usual conversation between foundations and nonprofit organizations. Each session focuses on a particular topic. Guests will learn a little about GMA and a lot about their peers’ perspectives on important issues.
Next NPO Conversation: Thursday, June 4, 2015
Advance registration is required; scroll down for details.
Topic for Conversation: Family Economic Well-being
We are all too familiar with discouraging reports of income and wealth inequality, stagnating wages, and the restructuring of the global economy to the disadvantage of ordinary working folks. However, within this troubling context, we know that many nonprofits are working with very low-income families with imaginative programs that are anything but downbeat.
We’d like to hear those stories.
Common Transitions Can Make Nonprofits Stronger
“Change is all around us,” said one nonprofit leader, “yet we tend to get stuck in our organizational habits.” This idea was echoed by others at GMA’s NPO Conversation in March, but the resounding sentiment I heard was that transitions provide the chance for an organization to explore new approaches, grow more resilient, and, yes, change.
Change – both contextual and organizational, and planned and unexpected – is to be expected, particularly in greater Boston, with a new governor, a first term mayor, a new school superintendent, an outgoing transit manager, and continual pressure on staff from salaries in the private sector and well-heeled mega nonprofits. The leaders we spoke with over an informal lunch shared their perspectives on leading through the challenges of common transitions and emerging as a stronger organization.
Long-time staff easing out of their role
When a long-time staff member or key leader decides to step back from their role, concerns about the stability and longevity of the organization are bound to surface. Continue Reading »