The Good Men Foundation is a registered New York State nonprofit charitable corporation dedicated to helping organizations that provide educational, social, financial, and legal support to men and boys at risk. A portion of the proceeds from the publication and sales of the book and the companion DVD, The Good Men Project: Real Stories from the Front Lines of Modern Manhood, will be distributed to the foundation and will be used for the charitable mission of the foundation. The Foundation has gained not-for-profit tax-exempt status under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is anticipated that all grants from The Foundation will be made to other 501 (c)(3) certified organizations.
Tom Matlack and his business partner, James Houghton, started The Good Men Foundation with two main objectives: to help at-risk boys by contributing money to proven nonprofits, and to initiate a broad discussion on what it means to be a good man.
The founders hope that an all-inclusive dialogue—by men, among men, and about what it means to be a man in America today—will lead to an increased awareness of the problems specific to at-risk boys and men, and, with that, progress toward real solutions.
Below are some of the organizations The Good Men Foundation supports:
Street Potential, a program for men ages 13 to 20 in the Boston juvenile justice system, that encourages participants to create visual art and hip-hop music as vehicles for self-expression and helps foster an increased sense of confidence, success, and personal accomplishment. For more information visit www.trinityinspires.org.
The Boys and Girls Club of Boston, whose mission is to help young people, especially those most in need, to build strong character and realize their full potential as responsible citizens and leaders. For more information visit www.bgcb.org.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay, which currently serves more than 3,500 youths in 155 cities and towns throughout the Massachusetts Bay area through one-to-one adult-youth mentoring relationships. For more information visit www.bbbsmb.org.
Dorchester Youth Alternative Academy, an innovative human service organization committed to providing education, community services, and counseling to Children in Need of Services (CHINS), an at-risk population of truant youths ranging in age from 12 to 16. For more information visit www.dyacademy.org.
For more information on The Foundation please contact:
The Good Men Foundation
143 Newbury St., 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02116