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    Listening to Beneficiary Needs and Respecting Grantees

    Philanthropy and the nonprofit sector have seen several evolutionary changes over the past decade. Paul Brest and Hal Harvey look at two important developments – listening to the needs of beneficiaries and respecting grantee organizations – in the second edition of Money Well Spent.
    • July 5, 2018
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    Strengthening the Field of Philanthropic Evaluation: A Call to Action

    One year ago, Engage R+D and Equal Measure launched an exploratory dialogue among funders and small/mid-sized evaluation firms to consider ways we could work together differently to deepen the impact of evaluation and learning on philanthropic practice. Based on what they heard, interest is ripe to move from idea exchange to action.
    • June 28, 2018
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    To Move Forward, Look Back

    The longstanding saying tells us to stop and smell the roses. But I believe we also need to take the time to stop and glimpse behind us, because very often looking back helps us move forward. In more technical terms, we call this reflective learning, which helps us reflect on our work and take action on what to improve.
    • June 14, 2018
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    Cross-post: Advancing Equity by Undoing Nonprofit Power Dynamics

    If we want our sector to be more effective in addressing the problems we're trying to solve, then power dynamics -- between foundation staff and trustees, between nonprofit staff and program officers -- have to be better. Join us on June 21 to break down power imbalance and strengthen relationships in our sector.
    • June 7, 2018
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    Reflections from the 2018 National Conference

    We were so excited to welcome so many thought leaders to GEO’s 2018 National Conference — and that many took the time to share their takeaways after the conference. We’ve collected those posts here.
    • June 1, 2018
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    Systems Change and Equity Go Hand-in-Hand

    Complex, systemic challenges require sophisticated, long-term strategies to address them. The same is true for ending structural racism, and philanthropy is starting to get much more real about its obligation to address inequity and racism.
    • May 31, 2018
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    Leaning Into Discomfort: A Reflection on GEO's 2018 National Conference

    In this post-2018 National Conference reflection, Ellen Solowey, program officer at Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, discusses acknowledging discomfort and considers how Piper Trust will continue to build on its collaboration and capacity building efforts to achieve transformational change.
    • May 17, 2018
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    Is This 21st Century Philanthropy's Defining Moment?

    This year, GEO welcomed back Nell Edgington, president of Social Velocity, to blog about the 2018 GEO National Conference. We cross-posted Nell’s daily conference recap blogs, so if you weren't able to join us in person at the conference, you can still read about the highlights from each day. In this final post, Nell reflects on what she observed at the conference.
    • May 8, 2018
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    Social Velocity's 2018 National Conference Recap: Day 3

    Welcome to the recap of Day 3 of GEO's 2018 National Conference! if you missed something during the day or you aren't able to join us in person in San Francisco, check out today's recap by Pia Infante, co-executive director of The Whitman Institute.
    • May 3, 2018
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    Social Velocity's 2018 National Conference Recap: Day 2

    Welcome to the recap of Day 2 of GEO's 2018 National Conference! If you missed something during the day or you aren't able to join us in person in San Francisco, check out today's recap by Sean Thomas-Breitfeld, co-director of the Building Movement Project.
    • May 2, 2018