Perspectives

  • Perspective

    Cross-post: What Does it Take to Build Strong Relationships?

    On November 21, 2017, the Center for Effective Philanthropy posted this blog on building strong relationships. GEO's work on strong relationships with nonprofits is closely aligned with CEP's new publication Relationships Matter: Program Officers, Grantees, and the Keys to Success. This article explores what it takes to build strong relationships.
    • December 5, 2017
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    Look at Social Impact Projects for What They Are: Investment

    When funding social impact projects, grantmakers have historically not provided contingency funds to address unexpected obstacles and adapt to changing environments. Social entrepreneurs need flexible funding to be nimble and responsive. This post makes the case for thinking differently about investments in nonprofits.
    • November 30, 2017
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    Increase Your Impact: Invest in Nonprofit Staff

    In September, Fund the People announced the release of Fund the People Toolkit, a comprehensive guide for maximizing investing in the nonprofit workforce. The toolkit provides practical guidance, promising practices, and illustrative data on the value of talent-investing, and features six content areas: case making; how-to guides; field stories; building an inclusive workforce; discussion guides; and resources.
    • November 23, 2017
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    Cross-post: The Search

    After the 2017 Unity Summit, AAPIP (Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy) invited a handful of their members to write reflections about the summit. GEO's very own Wing Li was asked to share her thoughts.
    • November 2, 2017
  • Perspective

    We Are In This Together: A Letter to Philanthropy

    Hear directly from 9 nonprofit leaders what you can be doing to support your grantees in the most meaningful ways.
    • October 4, 2017
  • Perspective

    Using Intermediaries for Social Change

    On September 11, GEO hosted a member call to discuss the role of intermediaries. While traditionally intermediaries have filled the gap between the concentration of resources within philanthropy and the needs or gaps of the nonprofit sector, how can intermediaries further leverage their strength to become more effective?
    • September 27, 2017
  • Perspective

    A Statement of Values to Guide Philanthropic Collaboration

    For the past two years, a number of the leading organizations supporting and facilitating nonprofit and philanthropic collaborations have been coming together to share our experiences and perspectives.
    • September 6, 2017
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    Capacity building, now more than ever

    At this moment, many nonprofits are facing greater fiscal uncertainty than ever before. Government funding is precarious, with budgets and priorities changing daily. However, nonprofits that have focused on capacity are faring better than most. With reserves, general operating funds, and partners with whom to collaborate, these organizations are better able to weather instability, continue providing essential services to their communities, and plan for the future.
    • August 15, 2017
  • Perspective

    Investing in Collaborative Systems Change in Turbulent Times

    Philanthropic funders have a unique role to play when leading in complexity and uncertainty. The role of funders – and others in a community working together to tackle intractable problems during turbulent times – were top of mind for attendees at the 2017 Collective Impact Convening in Boston at the end of May.
    • August 8, 2017
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    From unrest to collaboration

    The biggest win for us in going through these dialogues in and outside of Baltimore was that it allowed us to develop important values on how we wanted to partner with the West Baltimore community.
    • August 1, 2017