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 design of this Fund was informed by the work of the Lookout Foundation, which has played a catalytic role in supporting the field of complex trauma.

The ACE Pyramid

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.

Fund Participation

Participants in the Trauma and Resilience Fund have recognized the need for leadership and urgency in this evolving field; they are:

The Paul and Edith Babson Foundation, Fish Family Foundation, The Fuller Foundation, Inc., Lookout Foundation, The Lynch Foundation, James S. McDonnell Family Foundation, The Nordblom Family Foundation, Theodore Edson Parker Foundation, Mabel Louise Riley Foundation, Gardiner Howland Shaw Foundation, and Philanthropy Massachusetts

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. Please return here for our grants announcement in July 2019.

Contact GMA Director Phil Hall by phone 617-391-3097 or email to learn more about the GMA Funder Community.

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