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GMA Foundations helps you define a clear path to transformative philanthropy, and then walks the path with you as an ally and a guide.

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Clearing a Pathway to Family Economic Well-being

Notes from an NPO Conversation at GMA Foundations

collaborationThere is cause for optimism among nonprofit leaders who see and feel indicators of family economic well-being on a daily basis. We learned this in lunchtime conversation with eight leaders of strong nonprofits that work with families in many of eastern Massachusetts’ lowest income areas. Since 2010, more of these families are getting quality healthcare, training and jobs. Importantly, the family members themselves are optimistic about their prospects. After all, the unemployment rate in the state is among the lowest in the country.

However, the eight leaders agreed that the communities they serve are struggling – low-income families and individuals were hit hardest by the Great Recession, and they are still struggling to pay the rent, and their cellphone bills, childcare, student loans and transportation costs. These expenses continue to rise but wages have not gone up at the same rate; the pathway to economic success is not accessible to all. Additionally, Massachusetts ranks among the top ten states with the biggest levels of income inequality.

Several key themes emerged in our conversation about pathways to family economic well-being:

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Focus on Family Economic Well-being

NPO CONVERSATION
vegetablesWe 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.

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