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The Advisory Board of the Marginalized Males Funders Group (MMFG) have identified Grantmakers for Children Youth and Families (GCYF) as the host organization for the continued work to meet their objectives and to develop a broader agenda for mobilizing philanthropy to invest in improving the life outcomes of men and boys of color and low-income communities.

About the Initiative

Building on the momentum created during the development of the MMFG, GCYF has launched a Healthy Men, Healthy Communities Initiative (HMHC) within our network. This new initiative will become a vital part of our efforts to improve grantmaking on behalf of vulnerable children, youth and families. Some GCYF members are currently investing in efforts to address the educational, health and social-emotional needs of young men of color. Through this initiative, we will bring all of these funders together and expand the scope of the existing MMFG network to include other currently supported by our members (i.e., men and boys that live in rural areas, low-income communities in urban areas, and other marginalized communities). Bolstered by the regional meetings, conference calls and the growing numbers of philanthropic leaders and institutions demonstrating commitment to this work, GCYF will serve as a learning and mobilization venue for funders who regardless of their specific areas of grantmaking seek to understand how direct service, research, policy analysis, community advocacy, movement building and other field building tools can impact efforts to achieve long-term social change for men and boys of color and their communities. Download the HMHC flyer.

Our Mission

Healthy Men, Healthy Communities Initiative is a network of grantmaking institutions and individual donors committed to increasing the strategic investment of philanthropic dollars to improve the disproportionately negative life outcomes of men and boys of color and low-income communities.


HMHC Member Foundations

Lumina Foundation, Open Society Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Atlantic Philanthropies, The California Community Foundation, The California Endowment, The Chicago Community Trust, The Houston Endowment, The Skillman Foundation, Third Wave Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation


Primary Goals of the Initiative

  • Goal 1: To mobilize the philanthropic community to address the needs of men and boys of color and low-income communities.
  • Goal 2: Establish effective strategies that promote healthy male involvement in families and communities.
  • Goal 3: To leverage philanthropic investments and strategies to help advance public funding streams that target healthy men and healthy community outcomes. 

Intended Outcomes of the Initiative

  1. Increased commitment of philanthropic leadership to invest in targeted research, policy, and practice strategies that promote positive outcomes for men and boys of color and low-income communities.
  2. An accessible information resource that builds capacity of philanthropic and public sector leaders to improve life outcomes for men and boys of color and low-income communities.
  3. Increased public and philanthropic partnerships explicitly targeting improving life outcomes for men and boys of color and low-income communities.
  4. Increased philanthropic investments in programs targeting young males that promote and target increased educational attainment, healthy lifestyles, equitable juvenile justice systems and access to work and work supports.

Activities and Strategies for Change

GCYF’s vision and plan for the HMHC Working Group has three operational foci. The initiative endeavors to organize the field through three broad strategic areas:

  • Developing and Disseminating Knowledge
  • Equipping and Supporting Sector Leaders
  • Connecting Philanthropic Practice to Public Policy
Read the Healthy Men, Healthy Communities E-Newsletter