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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.

We partner with individual and organizational donors as managers, advisors, and facilitators. With over thirty years of insight and field experience, GMA Foundations is changing the world by helping you change the world.

Measuring Outcomes for Young Children & their Families

NPO Conversation on Tuesday, May 16 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:  Measuring outcomes to support young children and their families

Many grantees of GMA client foundations serve families with young children. As grantmaking staff, we have noticed that measuring outcomes is a shared challenge.   Moving beyond the tradition of participant surveys, nonprofit leaders are asking deeper questions and seeking to assess longer term impact for both caregivers and children.

What are you measuring to show your impact (e.g. increases in shared reading time, increased caregiver knowledge of early childhood development)?  Over the years, what have you learned works or does not work?  In what ways have you used your outcomes data to change your practice/what you do?

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GMA is on the Move!


We are pleased to let you know that GMA will be in new offices as of May 1, 2017

Our staff is looking forward to working together on a single floor in a recently renovated building, and to continuing to host meetings in our ample conference rooms. Our phone numbers, email addresses, and commitment to effective and joyful philanthropy remain the same.

Please note our new mailing address:

GMA Foundations
2 Liberty Square, Suite 500
Boston MA  02109

2 Liberty Square is at the corner of Milk and Kilby Streets, steps from Post Office Square Park. The closest T stop is State Street – on the blue and orange lines. Government Center, Park Street, and South Station are all within a 5 to 10 minute walk.

Learning a New Language of Gender

pink-and-blue-rndObservations from an NPO Conversation at GMA

There is an emerging awareness of the concept of gender as a spectrum, with many possible expressions that don’t fit neatly into the traditional male-female binary. Last month we invited nonprofit leaders to join us for a discussion about the programmatic implications of shifting gender norms. Each guest represented an organization that offers gender-specific or gender-sensitive programming, and we discussed how this issue has affected their approaches to meeting the needs of the populations they serve.

Our guests shared some of the ways that their organizations are working to be more inclusive. Many expressed an awareness that gender-specific programs risk reinforcing the idea of gender as a strict male-female binary, but believe nevertheless that these types of programs are still much needed. While the concept of gender is more fluid than ever, many gendered expectations and prejudices persist, and gender-based violence continues to be a significant problem.

Awareness, sensitivity, and inclusion

Gender intersects with race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, and many other aspects of identity. As such, it is both complex and deeply personal. Organizations feel an obligation to meet clients where they are; the challenge is that clients’ felt and expressed needs are varied and changing. A mother may approach an organization to find an adult male mentor for her son, because she wants him to be “more of a man.” She may have very traditional views of what it means to be a man. How can an organization best meet such a client’s need without embracing rigid definitions? Continue Reading »

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