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Putting Community at the Center: The Funder’s Role in Fostering Authentic Community Engagement

What are pitfalls and best practices for funders in effectively integrating community voices into community change?How can funders more actively involve grantees and those with lived experience who have historically been left out of decision-making processes? How should funders themselves coordinate their activities and investments, while also engaging the community in collective impact?


Meet-The-Donors: Donor Advised Funds (10/19/2016)

Donor-advised funds (DAFs) are growing steadily as a giving vehicle for organizations, families, or individuals. Why are DAFs so popular? What are they exactly? Is there any way to get on the radar of a DAF?

We’ll cover these questions and much more with our great panel of DAF experts!


Our team includes:



Gioia C. Perugini, Associate Director, Family Office and Philanthropy Services

Hemenway & Barnes




Introduction to Grant Writing: How to Craft a Foundation Grant Proposal

Drawing from his 14 years’ experience, Kenny Weill will lead attendees through the process of writing a clear, concise and compelling foundation grant narrative. This includes both the longer “full proposal” narrative and the shorter concept paper or letter of inquiry. He will end with tips to avoid common pitfalls, and key components of a strong proposal.

Participants will have the tools necessary to tell their organization’s and program’s story in a narrative that will be compelling to funders.

This workshop will cover:


Warming Up to Outcomes Measurement: A Big Picture Approach to Measuring What Matters

Warming Up to Outcomes Measurement:  A Big Picture Approach to Measuring What Matters

Outcomes Measurement is a very broad term and ultimately does not have a widely shared industry standard.  To fully encompass the history, vocabulary, theory and strategy surrounding Outcomes Measurement, a full three day workshop, if not an entire semester of classes would be needed.


Start Your Summer Reading Early!

Start your summer reading early!  Georganna Woods, AGM's researcher and Meet-the-Donors Manager, compiled recommendations from our Members Survey of grantmakers for reading and resources informative and useful in their work.  The list also includes bibliographic information and links to where they can be purchased or found online.

Recommended Reading from AGM’s Member Survey


A Funder Collaborative Makes A Difference: A Case Study of Arts Education in Boston

Seven years ago, a nascent effort to increase access to quality arts education in Boston began. A small group of leaders from the Barr Foundation, The Boston Foundation, Hunt Alternatives, the Klarman Family Foundation, the Linde Family Foundation, and EdVestors came together with Boston Public Schools leadership based on their shared belief in the power of art to develop creative, engaged learners. Boston Public Schools Arts Expansion (BPS-AE) was born, a public-private partnership that today has helped 17,000 more students receive arts education during the school year.

Supporting Orlando - Ways to help

On April 15, 2013, Boston - and the world - was rocked by an act of terrorism that seemed unfathomable. The Boston Marathon bombing changed our city forever. In the immediate aftermath, colleagues in the philanthropic sector looked for ways to support those directly affected by this horrific act, and three days later Associated Grant Makers hosted a webinar to share information about The One Fund Boston established Governor Deval Patrick and Mayor Thomas Menino to support the victims and families.


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