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Members InfoNet                                     April 26, 2017
AGM's Members' InfoNet showcases upcoming programs, the good works of philanthropy in our region, highlights the efforts of AGM members, and provides philanthropic resources to the sector. Please share your organization's news with Gail Pinkham, AGM's senior director of communications.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
2:00pm - 3:30pm 

Location: Third Sector New England, 89 South St. #700, Boston, MA
What do nonprofit leaders and organizations need to succeed in uncertain times? With the upcoming Baby boomer transitions shifting national priorities many funders and grantees are exploring new ways to address organizational obstacles and strengthen mission impact. Third Sector New England (TSNE) partnered with many funders and supporters to survey executives and board members to discover the challenges and opportunities facing our leaders and organizations.  

Join TSNE and AGM for a presentation and discussion on the state of nonprofit leaders in our region, leadership transition and succession trends, and how funders can support their grantees' sustainability. 
Thursday, May 4, 2017
8:30am - 1:00pm 

Location: AGM, 133 Federal St., #802, Boston, MA

Collective impact is one way to effectively create large-scale social change.  Embarking on a collective impact effort requires commitment, lots of coordination, and an understanding of how collective impact differs from other types of collaboration. Join us for an informative workshop geared toward the specific implications you should consider when embarking on a collective impact effort. 
Melissa Oomer from  FSG will provide an opportunity to learn more about collective impact as a tool for social change.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
12:00pm - 2:00pm 

Location: Foundation for MetroWest, 3 Eliot St, Natick, MA

The first half of our time will be a check in/update from all community foundation colleagues.The second will be spent discussing how the current federal landscape is affecting community foundations.  Community Foundations are in a unique position as they not only are considered community leaders, but  also are stewards of funds held by a range of donors with varying beliefs and preferences.  Given the divisive nature of our national political climate, it's important for us to have a frank conversation among community foundation colleagues to discuss:
*    What your current community and donor client looks like?
*    What are the challenges and opportunities?
*    What other community foundations across the country are doing to address this?
AGM's 48th Annual Meeting
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
8:30am - 1:00pm
Location: Samberg Conference Center @ MIT,Chang Building
50 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA

The annual meeting is an opportunity for the philanthropic community to integrate networking, active learning and sharing with colleagues. Following an informal continental breakfast, the program will 
provide a forum for attendees to think and talk about civic engagement, and the need to look holistically as funders about how philanthropy leverages its role to support people to invest in their shared community. There will also be a brief business meeting of the corporation and a luncheon for all guests. This program is possible in part thanks to the Fish Family Foundation. And thank you to our sponsors:
Family Foundation Webinar Series for AGM Members
Join colleagues from across the Midwest and beyond for four webinars designed for staff and/or trustees affiliated with non- or small-staffed family foundations eager to find new ways of thinking smarter and performing better when it comes to their grantmaking. Programs include the following:
This webinar series is presented in collaboration with Indiana Philanthropy Alliance (IPA), Philanthropy Ohio (POH), Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF) and Minnesota Council on Foundations (MCF). Together, these regional associations hope to harness and share the collective expertise of each state's leading philanthropic organizations and trusted community partners. 

To register: Set up an account with the Council of Michigan Foundation to purchase the webinars you wish to view. 
Fund For Shared Insight Foundation Survey on Openness 
AGM Members are asked to take part in a brief survey from the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers work with the Fund For Shared Insight around foundation openness. Please complete this brief Survey survey by May 5th to help build a baseline of data to support the work of the Forum and many of the Regional Associations over the next 18 months. It should take no more than fifteen minutes to complete. 
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EPIP Boston | Program Officer & Associate Roundtable: Conducting Effective Site Visits
May 10, 2017, 
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Location: AGM, 133 Federal St. #802, Boston, MA
Site visits are invaluable tools to inform your grantmaking and strengthen your relationships with grantee-partners. They offer opportunities to connect with organizations' board, staff, and constituents, and to learn things that can't be learned from a written proposal. 

Join EPIP Boston for a brownbag lunch roundtable conversation with an expert panel, including representatives from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors-and two EPIP alumni-to discuss best practices for planning, conducting, and evaluating site visits.
Please RSVP by May 3rd
Funder Roundtable Radical Possibilities: The Power of Youth in the Fight for Social Justice
May 22, 2017, 2:30pm - 6:30pm
Boston Park Plaza Hotel, Boston, MA
Hosted by The Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions, in partnership with   the Ford Foundation, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Funders Collaborative for Youth Organizing and the Hyams Foundation. The Power of Youth in the Fight for Social Justice roundtable will take place on May 22 from 2:30 to 6:30pm
during the OYIF Spring Convening 2017 and Collective Impact Forum Annual Convening taking place in New England, at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel from May 22-25, 2017.
The purpose of the roundtable is to share with philanthropic leaders and other participants models of youth-led organizing and exemplars of authentic youth-adult partnerships in the work for social change. The roundtable will showcase the radical possibilities and power of youth voice, leadership, and organizing, and the role of philanthropy in supporting these efforts. For more information contact 
2017 Boston Collective Impact Covening
May 23-25, 2017 
Boston Park Plaza Hotel
The Collective Impact Forum, a partnership between FSG and the Aspen Institute, is hosting its annual field-wide Collective Impact Convening on May 23-25 at the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston. This national conference will attract more than 400 funders, backbone leaders, and other collective impact partners. Leaders who are currently involved in cross-sector partnerships -- or interested in learning more about best practices in collective impact -- are invited to attend. This year's convening will feature more than 40 sessions on topics including community engagement, data and continuous learning, equity, leadership, openness, and the role of the private sector in collective impact. View  detailed agenda.
AGM Members who are currently involved in cross-sector partnerships -- or interested in learning more about best practices in collective impact -- are invited to attend. AGM Members can use promo code AGM100 at the end of registration, which will take $100 off the individual three-day funder registration rate of $1095. 
Leadership Symposium on Philanthropy and Inclusion
June 12-14, 2017 
Washington, D.C.
Join colleagues from the Gates and Ford Foundations at the upcoming Leadership Symposium on Philanthropy and Inclusion. 
Twenty percent of our nation's population has a disability, and people with disabilities are twice as likely as people without disabilities to be unemployed and live below the poverty line. During the Symposium, leaders in philanthropy will discuss how our grant-making practices can ensure that this population is no longer a segregated class, excluded from educational, economic, and community participation. It will be an opportunity to hear about current challenges and generate innovative and impactful solutions. The Symposium will feature world-renowned experts in disability, philanthropy, and social justice.  Speakers include Richard Marriott, Chairman of the Board of Host Hotels and Resorts, Tim Shriver, Chairman of the Special Olympics, and Sandy Cardin, President of the Schusterman Foundation. 
For more information and to register, please email   Dr. Miriam Heyman, Ruderman Family Foundation Program Officer.
Social Impact Exchange
2017 Conference on Scaling Impact, June 14-15 - New York City  
Take advantage of AGM's deep Member Discount to the Social Impact Exchange June 2017 Annual Conference on June 14-15 in New York City and pay only $895 (regular price is $1,695). The
2017 Conference on Scaling Impact is for foundation officers, philanthropists, corporate executives, trustees, and wealth managers and philanthropy advisors interested in learning about innovative methods to support high-impact nonprofits in education, youth development, poverty alleviation, health and impact investing. The conference includes presentations from foundation CEOs and nonprofit leaders, as well as knowledge sessions and peer networking opportunities.

To receive the discount, visit the registration site   and indicate in the drop down menu that you are invited by AGM . Space is limited so we encourage you to register soon.
Grant Maker/Grant Recipient Dialogue on Nonprofit Data and Evaluation
June 20, 2017, 8:30am - 12:00pm

Location: NonProfit Center, 89 South St., Boston, MA
Tech Networks of Boston, Third Sector New England, and Essential Partners invite you to participate in this unique program on June 20th.

This morning of dialogue will include small group conversations in a safe-enough atmosphere designed to clarify perspectives and surface areas of agreement and difference.  It will be an opportunity for a limited number of grant makers and grant recipients to have a fresh, new, deeper conversation about these complex and challenging issues.

This session will be the first of a series of three dialogues and will help shape the remaining two.  Please RSVP before May 12th and contact Deborah Elizabeth Finn with any questions.
Save the Date: Forum's 2017 Community Foundation Boot Camp in Boston August 29-30, 2017 
After a successful pilot this year, the Forum of Regional Association of Grantmakers is excited to announce it is hosting two Community Foundation Boot Camps in 2017 in collaboration with Indiana Philanthropy Alliance and Associated Grant Makers. 

The Forum will hold a Community Foundation Boot Camp in  Boston, on August 29-30, in partnership with Associated Grant Makers. The two-day Community Foundation Boot Camp program offers a comprehensive overview of the structure and operations of a community foundation. The program is an ideal in-depth introduction to community foundations for new community foundation staff, community foundation board members, or more experienced community foundation staff looking for a good refresher. Details will be available soon.
Governor Baker names Moreno Cargie to Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts
Nora Moreno Cargie, president of   Tufts Health Plan Foundation  and vice president for corporate citizenship for Tufts Health Plan, was named by Governor Charlie Baker to the state's first Governor's Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts.  The council, comprising leaders from the business community, academia, health care, technology and innovation, advocacy organizations, caregivers, community organizations, and municipalities, will develop a plan to make Massachusetts the most age-friendly state. Older adults are the largest and fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population, and they will make up 23% of the Massachusetts population by 2035.  More>>
Hemenway & Barnes hires Grants Manager
Hemenway & Barnes is pleased to welcome Rita Richardson Goldberg
as Grants Manager in the Philanthropy and Family Office practicegroup. Rita facilitates the grants management process for charitable trust and foundation clients and manages the firm's grants tracking software. Prior to H&B, Rita worked in grants management and administration for family and community foundations as well as a private financial services firm .
GMA Foundations is Moving!

As as of May 1, 2017 GMA Foundations' new mailing address will be:

GMA Foundations

2 Liberty Square

Boston MA 02109

Phone numbers, email addresses, and dedication to effective and joyful giving remain the same. Visit

Place-based funders can play an important role in connecting economic growth to economic opportunity. While local dynamics dictate the timing, sequence, and particularities of the interplay between growth and opportunity strategies, this study concludes that revitalization efforts that recognize the dual arcs of growth and opportunity and plan for their meaningful integration are more likely to yield robust and lasting long-term results. Because place-based funders are so integrally linked to the history and prospects of the communities they serve, they have unique roles and responsibilities not only as funders, but as local institutions and innovators to make these linkages across place and time.
Community Engagement Toolkit
Collective Impact Forum
The Community Engagement Toolkit share a series of tools for planning community engagement to be more purposeful, equitable, transparent, and strategic so that community members are true partners for achieving impact. Community engagement is about ensuring that those most impacted by social challenges have a say in designing and implementing solutions. The participation of intended beneficiaries and their families, neighbors, and trusted leaders should be an integral part of data-driven processes to achieve better results. And a shift in power where community members own and help produce the result will lead to greater, more sustainable impact. The following toolkit is meant to guide leaders through a step by step process of building community engagement strategies that will achieve better results for children, families, and communities.
Members InfoNet will feature a nonprofit organization that is demonstrating an impact in our community. The goal is to bridge connections between nonprofit organizations and grantmakers by sharing stories of work being done throughout our region.  
Sportsmen's Tennis & Enrichment Center
What impact is your organization having in Massachusetts?
Sportsmen's is raising the next generation of young leaders in Boston.  Above and beyond the  300+ children who train with us in traditional tennis clinics year round, many of whom are locally, regionally or nationally ranked, nearly 5,000 children engage in our community, school-based and competitive tennis programs annually.  This is helping to break the cycle of obesity, juvenile diabetes and sedentary lifestyles among inner city youth. We work to improve classroom and standardized test scores of 200 children each year, and begin setting them on a college track starting in the 6th grade. We improve relationships between youth from different Boston neighborhoods as well as between youth and police with our own creative intervention program. And we provide or host life-changing health, wellness, academic and financial programs for adults, all free of charge .

What is the one thing you wish everyone knew about your organization? 
Sportsmen's has long been a hidden jewel, and while many people know us for increasing the diversity of high performance youth tennis throughout New England for the past 50 years, many people are unaware of our academic and social development programs. We provide extensive academic support for 200 children each year. We developed and run a free comprehensive police/community engagement program which has reached more than 2,000 young people and 50 police officers since its inception in 2009. Our new Brigham and Women's Center for Community Wellness is facilitating health education programs designed to reduce, prevent and intervene in chronic health issues which are pervasive in Boston's inner city.

What is the most rewarding part of the work your organization does?
Seeing youth transform: perhaps from shy and quiet to engaged and enthusiastic; sometimes from unruly and disrespectful to patient and orderly; or some from discouraged students to confident learners.  On the court and in the classroom, we teach the tools for success which develop inquisitive learners, skilled tennis players and responsible young citizens.

What is your organization's greatest asset?
Our greatest asset is the organizational culture of high expectations for our youth that permeates all of our programs and is internalized and exhibited by all of our staff, coaches, volunteers and adult members.  Whether it is on the tennis court or in the classroom, we believe our children are capable of greatness if the adults around them take the time to understand and adjust to their unique learning styles.

What are three words you would use to describe your organization?
Caring. Innovative. Youth-focused.
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AGM would like to give a shout out to our recent 
  • Boston Ethical Community
  • Community Foundation for Nantucket
  • Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation
  • Foundation for MetroWest
  • Lynch Foundation
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  • Susan Schiro & Peter Manus Foundation
  • Nutter Charitable Advisors
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If you need information on how to renew, please contact Ann Garchinsky

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With April school vacation behind us, the Summer Fund has successfully completed another year of the Teen Leadership Institute (TLI). Five years ago, the Summer Fund,   Boston Private Industry Council (PIC), Hale Reservation and Bank of America joined forces to provide leadership training to prepare Boston teens for employment as camp counselors in the summer months. This year over the course of three days last week,144 students took part in trainings at Hale Reservation.

Teens had the opportunity to participate in workshops designed to prepare them for jobs as camp counselors. Workshops included: creating a positive camp culture, managing campers' behavior, a high/low ropes challenge course, and new this year, mock interviews facilitated by volunteers. The goal was to provide teens with more tools as they enter the workforce, many for the first time, and to be more prepared for their summer job as a counselor.

Doug Sutherland, year round camp director of Camp Starfish , has been a facilitator at the Institute since its inaugural year of 2013. When you're conversing with Doug you feel his passion-he genuinely enjoys training folks to work with kids. His investment and passion in the Teen Leadership Institute goes much deeper. Most of the students participating in TLI are individuals of color. Being a facilitator at TLI exposes these Boston teens to a strong role model like Doug, an African-American man that has been incredibly successful in the camp arena.

Doug shared that he sees black youth attending camp and serving as camp counselors during the summer and then doesn't see them after that. He hopes to empower young black men and women to explore the camp world as an employment opportunity. Doug will join the American Camping Association board of directors this year, where he hopes to continue this conversation. The Summer Fund Teen Leadership Institute is grateful we have Doug and the many other facilitators and volunteers invested in the future of our young people.

Contact Molly Walsh for more information.
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Deadline: Rolling basis until June 30, 2017

Grassroots organizations working within communities that are directly impacted by the rapid changes as a result of this current political administration (including but not limited to: people of color, poor people, LGBTQ, women, immigrants, refugees, and Muslims) are working diligently to keep their constituencies safe, and mobilize their base of constituents and allies around acts of resistance and commitments to solidarity, and building collaborations of resistance and protections.
These actions often need to happen quickly to address emerging needs of the moment, and require communities to be adaptive for changing conditions in the short term. This period of transition is experienced by people directly impacted as volatile and unpredictable, for it is difficult to anticipate what will happen.

Third Sector New England is an intermediary, fiscal sponsor, and grant maker with a long, respected history of supporting nonprofit organizations with a variety of technical assistance and capacity building initiatives so that they are able to operate more effectively and contribute to a collective mission of a more just and democratic society, imbued with social justice values. As a result, we are launching the Urgent Response Fund (URF) as another way to support the emerging needs of affected communities in Massachusetts and Rhode Island to engage in emergency actions such community dialogues, marches and speak-outs, healing spaces for sharing and collecting stories, etc.
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