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NPO Conversation at GMA: Wednesday, September 10

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We invite leaders of nonprofit organizations to join us each quarter 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 “talk shop” and 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 about GMA and a lot about their peers’ perspectives on important issues.

Topic for Conversation: Back to Out-of School

School-age children spend the majority of their time outside the classroom. For years, the nonprofit sector has helped to fill the gap, providing quality after-school and summer experiences. In today’s competitive and shifting global economy, we look to out-of-school time programs to narrow the academic achievement gap, through after-school enrichment and college access programs, and summer vacation programming designed to reduce learning loss.

Have we gone too far? Some would argue that the best learning takes place in less conventional places, in the freedom of unstructured and unusual activity. Seemingly unproductive activities have the capacity to transform individuals and the communities they share. Continue Reading »

Dolphin Trust Grants for 2012: Smart Kids and Smart Growth

Several themes run through the portfolio of the Dolphin Trust grants to Boston area organizations. Most of the organizations supported by the Trust deal with middle and elementary-aged youth, incorporate experiential education, and outdoor learning. Several focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. Continue Reading »

Addressing the Preparation Gap: Parent-Child Home Program Funder Briefing


If we want to really make strides in bridging the achievement gap, we must start thinking outside the walls of school buildings and work with those who have the most at stake in the future of their children: their parents. — Sarah Walzer

The Parent-Child Home Program hosted a funder briefing at GMA Foundations that highlighted the impact of early intervention programs for children.

The program is an intensive, evidence-based early childhood literacy, parenting, and school readiness initiative serving 8000 low-income families in 16 states. Continue Reading »

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