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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.

Helping others embrace the American dream

The A.C. Ratshesky Foundation celebrates 100 years

Ratsheskey trustees 2016 sm2To celebrate his 50th birthday, a Boston-area banker named Abraham “Cap” Ratshesky chose to give a gift to his community by setting aside some of his wealth to create a foundation.

“Because man’s life is of such short duration, and those services he may do for his fellow man are so few at best, I deem it a privilege to be allowed to give during my lifetime,” Ratshesky wrote at the time.

A century later, that giving continues.

Continue reading about A.C. Ratshesky’s family philanthropy in this article on the National Center for Family Philanthropy’s site

Healing Lives Affected by Trauma

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:

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2016 Innovator: Budget Buddies

BudgetBuddies_FinalLogo_1At the March 17 Social Innovation Forum (SIF) event, “Promoting Economic Self-Sufficiency for Women,” speaker Deborah Goldberg, state treasurer of Massachusetts, lauded Budget Buddies’ important work and underscored the necessity of promoting wage equality and women’s economic empowerment. Throughout her speech, Treasurer Goldberg spoke passionately about the power of collaboration.

The theme of collaborative power, and especially the collaborative power of women, could not have been more appropriate. Budget Buddies, led by co-founders Anita Saville and Kathy Brough, both promotes and embodies the power of women working together to help other women. Ms. Saville described the financial coaches—women who work one-on-one with the organization’s clients, sometimes for years—as the heart of the program.

Coincidentally—or not!—the SIF track sponsor that ultimately selected Budget Buddies as a 2016 Innovator was also a collaborative of women. The Anna B. Stearns Charitable Foundation, a well-established local entity focused on women and girls in Greater Boston, had the privilege of identifying and partnering with four other funders committed to women’s and girls’ empowerment:  the Miriam Fund, the Story Exchange, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, and Womenade Boston.

This is an excerpt of an article written by Hannah Blaisdell, foundation assistant at GMA Foundations, for the Social Innovation Forum’s blog (click here to read in full).

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