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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.

Innovative Projects Addressing Inequality in Boston area; Apply by Oct 22

Foley Hoag Foundation sqr.jpgThe Foley Hoag Foundation is now accepting applications for its December review cycle, which carries an application deadline of October 22, 2015.

Originally focused on improving race relations among youth in Greater Boston, the Foundation’s mission is now broadened to support programs addressing inequality in its various forms, including but not limited to racial, ethnic or gender disparities. Preference is given to innovative projects where a small grant is likely to make a meaningful difference.

Through its grantmaking activities, the Foundation is committed to fostering a spirit of mutual respect, understanding and cooperation among people of diverse backgrounds, for the long-term benefit of all residents of the city. The Foundation’s guidelines may be accessed at…/the…/foley-hoag-foundation-guidelines

Join us for: Advocacy, Organizing and Influencing Policy

NPO Conversation at GMA on September 15Youth Jobs Coalition

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 move beyond the usual conversation between foundations and nonprofit organizations. Each session focuses on a particular topic, and reservations are required. Guests will learn a little more about GMA and a lot about their peers’ perspectives on important issues.

Topic for Conversation: Advocacy, Organizing and Influencing Policy

Nonprofits and philanthropic donors seeking to change the world, striving for greater equity and prosperity, have embraced a variety of approaches to bringing about progress. Providing great services or developing new models of action are always important, but can be hard to scale to meet the need.

Seeking change by the truckload rather than the tablespoon, some see policy change as the best course of action. We are aware that effective policy solutions are hard to achieve and that many funders turn away from advocacy, which they incorrectly equate with direct lobbying. Still, when nonprofits win at organizing and advocacy, those triumphs can be big. We are eager for a frank discussion of how we can be better partners in this arena.

Read on for conversation outline and registration details:

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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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