• Perspective

    My Journey to GEO

    Throughout my career, I have committed myself to service. First, as a community organizer, nonprofit practitioner and grantmaker; then, as a leadership coach, racial equity trainer and executive, I eagerly attempted to test and learn strategies for cultivating thriving communities. The cumulative impact of these experiences has informed a personal vision grounded in a strong desire to lead change in society in a manner that leverages the collective wisdom of each person, family and institution.
    • October 3, 2019
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    Cross-post: How Do We Measure Success?

    This is a cross-post of an article written by Scott Heimlich of the Amgen Foundation on learning, evaluation and measuring success. For the full article, visit:
    • September 16, 2019
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    Cross-post: Are Search Firms Doing Their Best to Practice Racially-Equitable Nonprofit Searches?

    This post originally appeared on Fund the People's website and discusses white dominance in nonprofit professional searches. To read the full post, visit Fund the People's blog at
    • September 3, 2019
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    Cross-post: Candid Announces Inaugural #OpenForGood Award Winners

    As part of the Grantmakers for Effective Organizations Learning Conference 2019, Candid announced the inaugural recipients of the #OpenForGood Award, which is designed to recognize and encourage foundations to openly share what they learn so we can all get collectively smarter. The three winning foundations each demonstrate an active commitment to open knowledge and share their evaluations through IssueLab, an open repository that is free, searchable, and accessible to all. Selected by an external committee from a globally sourced nomination process, the committee reviewed the contenders looking for evidence of an active commitment to open knowledge, creative approaches to making knowledge shareable, field leadership, and incorporating community insights into knowledge sharing work. And the winners are...
    • August 26, 2019
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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
  • Perspective

    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