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    Lessons Learned from a Multilevel Capacity-Building Approach to Center Race in Health Equity Advocacy in Colorado

    The Colorado Trust recently released a learning paper on their cohort model approach to advancing health equity. This blog post describes a multilevel framework developed by the Cohort’s Racial Equity Team (“the Team”) to build the field’s capacity to understand and advance racial equity. We briefly describe these capacity-building efforts and highlight lessons learned through their implementation. We encourage readers to consult a recently released learning paper for more information or join GEO for a webinar on August 29, 2019.
    • August 19, 2019
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    Relationships Are Our Work: 3 Culture Building Practices to Engage Employees

    To retain employees long-term, we need to create cultures where people feel connected to both their work and their colleagues. We embrace “relationships are our work” as a guiding principle and ground our staff and grantee relationships from this perspective. This post shares three ways that foundations can help build a positive and supportive work environment.
    • April 29, 2019
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    Transition as an Opportunity for Transformational Change

    Interim CEO J McCray shares an update on GEO's leadership transition and ongoing work.
    • April 10, 2019
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    Cross-post: The Audacity of Building Capacity

    Healthcare Georgia Foundation supports and funds capacity building. Learn more about how this approach helps the foundation advance the health of all Georgians.
    • March 1, 2019
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    Cross-post: Engaging Boards and Trustees in Strategic Learning

    "Engaging Boards and Trustees in Strategic Learning," a toolkit from FSG and GEO, provides a fresh set of resources for grantmaker CEOs, evaluation staff, and senior leaders to engage their boards and trustees in conversations about strategic learning.
    • February 5, 2019
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    Lessons from a Foundation’s Culture-Change Journey

    Helios Foundation for Education shares their lessons learned from a cultural change journey.
    • January 29, 2019
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    A Farewell from Outgoing CEO Kathleen Enright

    After 17 years with GEO, President and CEO Kathleen Enright is transitioning to a new role with the Council on Foundations. In this post, Enright pens a farewell letter to the GEO community.
    • December 19, 2018
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    Cross-post: Crafting Capacity-Building Support that Counts

    When grantmakers consider providing capacity-building support for the first time or refining their existing capacity-building support, it can be challenging to figure out where to begin. This post, which originally appeared on the Center for Effective Philanthropy's website, digs deeper into what it looks like to evaluate and implement capacity-building support through a case study with Healthcare Georgia Foundation.
    • December 17, 2018
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    Findings from GEO’s Language Survey

    In 2018 and 2019, GEO is developing a publication, workshop and conference to help grantmakers think through what it takes to do this work well. As we embarked on the development of these programs, the language around these topics proved tricky. Nonprofit partners told us that phrases like “grantee inclusion” are frustrating because they reinforce power dynamics and define nonprofits by their relationship to a funder. In addition, language that doesn’t encompass both nonprofits and community members doesn’t reflect the entirety of our goals. Other organizations working on similar issues shared their own struggles with the lexicon. So, we reached out to our contacts, including members, other grantmakers and nonprofits, to help inform the language we use moving forward. Here is a summary of the key results of that survey.
    • November 19, 2018
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    Perspective Matters

    After three years of working to expand the bench of evaluators, the Annie E. Casey Foundation has learned a few things. In sharing those lessons, we invite others in philanthropy to join us as we apply them to our work. Connect with Foundation staff through an upcoming GEO Member Call or directly to discuss other ways to engage in expanding the bench.
    • November 12, 2018