Funder Community

The GMA Funder Community promises a great experience in breaking out of traditional giving models. We aim to tap into the potential we see in groups of individual funders with overlapping missions and goals.

Trauma and Resilience Fund

We are pleased to announce the launch of our inaugural fund. The Trauma and Resilience Fund has been established to explore innovative responses to the adverse effects of childhood trauma. The Fund offers a six-month pooled giving and immersive learning experience to donors eager to understand and address the impact of childhood trauma, particularly the trauma of living in chronic poverty.

The landmark CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, conducted from 1995 to 1997, demonstrated the lasting effects of childhood trauma into later life. Recent advances in brain research show the possibility of reversing the damaging effects of trauma when people enjoy supportive, stable adult relationships. Together with the Fund’s program staff, the Funder Community will dig into the science of trauma and the promise of resilience, and make a few significant grants to nonprofits doing exemplary work in this field.

Read a short article about trauma-informed programs shaped by new brain research written by the Fund’s program manager, Danielle Belanger.

The Fund is a project under the fiscal sponsorship of Philanthropy Massachusetts and participation is open to private foundations, corporate giving programs, donor advised fund accounts, and individual donors. Contributions to the Trauma and Resilience Fund are charitable and will be accepted through February 2019. A series of five learning sessions begins on February 28.

Please contact GMA Director Phil Hall by phone 617-391-3097 or email phall@gmafoundations.com to discuss your participation in the GMA Funder Community’s Trauma and Resilience Fund.

Note: This is a funder-directed initiative that is not accepting unsolicited applications.