Held in partnership with Southern California Grantmakers,
San Diego Grantmakers and Northern California Grantmakers
March 10 - 12, 2014 | Los Angeles, Calif.
Loews Hollywood Hotel
1755 North Highland Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90028
GEO is a community for grantmakers impatient with the pace of progress and hungry for change so that their grantmaking dollars can have greater impact. Though GEO members are champions of effective practice, many still struggle with leading change within their own organizations. GEO's 2014 National Conference will offer these change agents in philanthropy a range of perspectives and new ideas for smarter grantmaking that leads to stronger nonprofits and better results. Through a mix of session topics and formats, structured networking and roundtable discussions with colleagues, and a variety of speakers from inside and outside our sector, participants will explore issues such as:
Collaborative Problem Solving: How can we best partner with others to grow our impact? What are the values and practices needed to be an effective partner in collective efforts?
Evaluation and Learning: How can we use evaluation and learning to make real-time improvements to our work? How do we create a learning culture within our organizations and in our relationships with grantees?
Capacity Building and Financial Sustainability: What are we learning about how best to support nonprofit sustainability? What are the success stories in supporting nonprofit capacity, and how can we build upon those successes?
Stakeholder Engagement: How can we be best tap the wisdom and experiences of our grantees and other partners to improve our grantmaking? What tactics and tools are available?
Who comes to the GEO conference?
GEO's national conference typically attracts more than 600 attendees. Registration is open to board and staff of grantmaking organizations, individual donors, or representatives of nonprofits created primarily to serve philanthropy (regional associations of grantmakers, grantmaker affinity groups, etc.). Conference attendees come from a variety of roles in their organizations. At previous national conferences, about half of our attendees were program staff, 25 percent were CEOs of grantmaking organizations, and 3 percent were foundation trustees.
What do conference attendees value?
GEO conferences get consistent high marks in post conference evaluations, frequently receiving satisfaction rates as high as 99 percent in post-conference evaluations. Open-ended comments show that some of the most valuable aspects of the conference are the quality of both the content and the caliber of the attendees. Conference participants often say there are energized by the ideas presented — ideas that challenge the status quo in philanthropy — and by the people in the room who are willing to champion change within their organizations and across the broader field. Attendees appreciate the opportunity to hear from voices outside the field of philanthropy at GEO conferences.