NPO Conversation on May 25 at GMA Foundations

mosaic_roundedWe invite leaders of nonprofit organizations to join us periodically 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: Trauma-informed programs

Integrated programs addressing the whole-person provide new and innovative approaches to working with youth and their families to end the cycle of trauma. Recent developments in neuroscience demonstrate the positive effects of such interventions. As these trauma-informed programs gain traction, and there is a growing interest among funders, we would like to learn from your experiences.

Our informal discussion will be organized around several questions, similar to these:

• How is trauma-sensitivity incorporated into your programs – eg. staff training, community awareness/education, creating a safe/secure environment. What types of support are most sought after by participants and your community?

• What are some program successes and challenges? How do you measure success? Is there data-based evidence or are outcomes anecdotal?

• Are your funders and supporters asking about trauma-informed programming or trauma-sensitivity? What is the nature of the conversation?

The discussion is open to the Executive Director or Clinical Director of Boston-area nonprofits operating in all fields of activity, experienced with trauma-informed programs.

Please bring your experiences, ideas and a brown bag lunch to GMA’s 9th floor conference room, 77 Summer Street in Boston’s Downtown Crossing, on Wednesday May 25 from 12n to 1:30pm. We’ll provide beverages and dessert.

Registration is required as space is limited. Please contact Judy Sneath by email jsneath@gmafoundations.com or telephone 617-391-3084 by May 20. We look forward to our conversation.

Related articles about this topic:

$1.6m grant to help Boston schools address trauma in students (Boston Globe, 4/26/2016)

Trauma-Informed Care in Behavioral Health Services (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, US, 2014)