NPO Conversation on Wednesday, July 19 at GMA

Several times a year we invite leaders of nonprofit organizations to join us for a 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: Startups and restarts

Innovators in the nonprofit world bring us bold change and a good opportunity for learning. Putting new ideas into action, these leaders are creating new organizations, redefining their missions, or significantly shifting their activity.  They are envisioning and responding.

What makes for a successful startup or restart? Each stage of the process is challenging – from forming a new idea, to devising and implementing the practical – and the end point may shift. Regardless of their path, innovating organizations have wisdom to share.

We would like to hear your story of how your organization started up or restarted on a new path. Our conversation will focus on questions similar to these:

  • What are some of the key ingredients in taking a new idea and putting it into action?
  • What is a unique component of your organization that has made (or is making) all the difference as you get your innovation off the ground?
  • As you moved past startup or restart phase, how have you settled into a new way of operating for consistency and long-term strength?
  • What are the leadership characteristics that helped you through this phase and how will they change in the next?

The discussion is open to the Executive Director or program director of an innovative Boston-area organization.

Please bring your experiences and ideas to GMA’s NEW office on the 5th floor at 2 Liberty Square, on Kilby at Milk Street, on Wednesday, July 19 from 12n to 1:30pm.  We will provide lunch.

Registration is required as space is limited. Please contact Judy Sneath by email rsvp@gmafoundations.com or telephone 617-391-3084 by July 13. We look forward to our conversation and thank you in advance for your time.