Associated Grant Makers (AGM) hosted an event in Boston March 31 to provide a forum for their members to learn more about FFI’s Five Domains of Wellbeing and how it is being used by community-based organizations and state agencies to achieve stronger outcomes for people, families and communities facing multiple challenges. A panel presentation began with a brief overview of the Five Domains of Wellbeing, and then focused on stories from philanthropy, human services and government. Panelists included FFI’s Katya Fels Smyth; Kathy McHugh, Cabot Family Charitable Trust; Ayala Livny, Independent Consultant; Deborah Heimel, Director of Operations for REACH Beyond Domestic Violence; and Tammy Mello, Director of Violence Prevention at Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services. Mari Brennan Barrera, Barrera Consulting, and chair of the AGM board, facilitated a robust Q & A.
Attendees were highly engaged in the content and began to reflect on ways the Five Domains of Wellbeing could support grant making goals, as well as ways that grant makers might support programs that are spearheading powerful change via use of this wellbeing framework. Panelist Ayala Livny, who has been a member of the Greater Boston Full Frame Network, was optimistic. “This was an exciting and important event. It’s not often that service providers working with some of the most marginalized populations get to engage in direct discussion with funders, and the conversation generated great questions about defining and measuring outcomes, advocating and implementing systems change, and how to best work together.”
FFI offers big appreciation to AGM for hosting this event!