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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.



Beating the Housing Challenge with (a lot more) Cooperation

edward-everrett-sq-lightsObservations from an NPO Conversation at GMA

Last month we were privileged to gather for lunch with nonprofit leaders working on housing in the Boston area. We examined the current state of housing in the city and the challenges that residents are facing and sought insight into the role funders can play in developing solutions.

While the housing issue in Boston is sometimes presented as the people versus the developers, our guests painted a much more nuanced and complicated picture. Housing is expensive to create, and models that worked previously are no longer viable in the face of challenges including reduced federal dollars, the movement of people back to urban centers from the suburbs, and the legacy of racially discriminatory housing policies in the United States.

There is still reason for optimism. We have the opportunity to bring residents, government, and the private sector together to expand and support creative alternatives and exciting new policies and practices that can ensure the availability of affordable housing that meets the needs of low- and moderate-income families who live here now.

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Understanding Gender-Sensitive Programs

NPO Conversation on Wednesday, October 26 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: Gender-Sensitive Programs

As our understanding of gender evolves, the conversation around gender-specific programs has moved well beyond debates over single-sex education. While in some ways many traditional ideas about gender have been thoroughly dismantled, there are plenty of areas in which inequity persists, and many programs serving both youth and adults continue to find value in gender-specific approaches.

We would like to hear your perspective. Our informal conversation will be organized around a few questions, similar to these:

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What will it take to meet Boston’s housing challenge?

NPO Conversation on September 7th at GMA Foundations

HKS Democracy and HousingWe invite leaders of nonprofit organizations to join us three times a year 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: What will it take to meet Boston’s housing challenge?

An age old problem – the lack of adequate and affordable housing – is getting bigger in the Boston area. More than half of renters and one-third of homeowners are now considered “housing burdened,” spending over 30 percent of their gross income on housing. At least 70 percent of residents earning less than $20,000 per year experienced this burden as of 2010. (The Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2015 and The Boston Indicators Project).

Mayor Walsh’s Housing a Changing City: Boston 2030 calls for strengthening partnerships across sectors and across the city to ensure housing of all types is available and accessible to residents in all socioeconomic groups.

What is your organization’s strategy for shaping Boston’s housing future? How does that tie into Mayor Walsh’s Boston 2030 vision? Join us for a conversation with non-profit leaders who are close to the problem and working on creative solutions!

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

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