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Name of Creator:Grants Management Associates.
Title:Grants Management Associates records
Date:1974–1999 (bulk 1984–1999)
Reference Code:M178
Location Code:55/1–2
Extent:6 cubic ft. (8 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract:The collection documents Grants Management Associates' and The Riley Foundation's involvement in the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) through records such as meeting minutes and agendas from The Riley Foundation and DSNI boards and committees, proposals made to The Riley Foundation by DSNI and other Dudley–area organizations, newspaper and magazine articles, reports on the Dudley neighborhood and DSNI, photographs, maps, and memorabilia such as buttons.
Historical Abstract:Grants Management Associates was founded in 1982 by Newell Flather, Mary Phillips, and Ala Reid. It was renamed GMA Foundations in 2009 and provides consulting, administrative, and organizational support services to grant–making organizations in the Boston area. Among its clients is The Riley Foundation, which was established through a bequest from Mabel Louise Riley. In April 1984, Newell Flather of GMA and two of The Riley Foundation's trustees, Robert W. Holmes, Jr. and Andrew C. Bailey, made a site visit to La Alianza Hispana, a social service agency serving the Hispanic population. After viewing La Alianza's offices to evaluate their request for capital improvement funding, Flather and the trustees toured the surrounding neighborhood, guided by La Alianza Hispana's executive director, Nelson Merced. They saw abandoned buildings, stripped cars, and evidence of arson and trash dumping; in response, Holmes and Bailey committed The Riley Foundation to the revitalization of the Dudley neighborhood, through the creation and funding of a coalition called the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI). The initial plan for governing DSNI, which had been created by local agencies, was rejected by the community for over–representing agencies at the expense of the community. Further negotiations resulted in a plan with equal representation for Dudley's four major racial and ethnic groups (Hispanics, Cape Verdeans, blacks, and whites), with a majority of seats on the board held by community residents. DSNI carried out a series of campaigns to achieve its goals of cleaning up trash and toxic waste, creating affordable housing, and giving the community control over vacant land. As a result of its work toward community control of vacant land, DSNI became the first community organization in the United States to receive eminent domain authority. The City of Boston extended this power to DSNI within a subsection of the Dudley area to facilitate DSNI's acquisition of privately owned vacant lots. DSNI combined these parcels with City–owned property in a single land trust, overseeing development to ensure a community–controlled, permanently affordable “critical mass” of new construction.
Language and Scripts:The materials are mainly in English; some materials are also in Spanish and Cape Verdean Creole.
System of Arrangement:Organized into three series: Series 1. Grants Management Associates; Series 2. The Riley Foundation; 3. Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Flather, Newell
  • Madyun, Che
  • Medoff, Peter
  • Newport, Gus

  • Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (Boston, Mass.)
  • GMA Foundations
  • Grants Management Associates
  • The Riley Foundation

  • Affordable housing
  • African Americans –– Massachusetts
  • Community development, Urban –– Massachusetts –– Dudley (Boston)
  • Community organization
  • Community power
  • Development projects –– Massachusetts –– Roxbury / Dudley
  • Hispanic Americans –– Massachusetts
  • Housing –– Massachusetts –– Boston
  • Housing rehabilitation –– Massachusetts –– Boston
  • Immigrant families –– United States –– Economic conditions
  • Neighborhood –– Massachusetts –– Boston –– History
  • Non–profit organizations –– Management
  • Outdoor recreation –– Management
  • Social services –– Massachusetts –– Dudley (Boston)
  • Urban renewal
  • Urban beautification –– Massachusetts –– Boston
  • Urban planning –– Massachusetts –– Boston

Conditions Governing Access:The collection is unrestricted.
Immediate Source of Acquisition:Received from Phillip Hall of Grants Management Associates in 2007.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use:Copyright restrictions may apply.
Finding Aids:La Alianza Hispana records (M55), Nelson Merced papers (M125), and Roxbury Multi–Service Center records (M109)
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Dominique Medal, August 2011