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Community Driven Philanthropy - 2023 Remote Learning Series

2023 Remote Learning Series

Event Details

Through the Community-Driven Philanthropy series, participants will have the opportunity to explore the practices that matter most to nonprofits through a combination of in-depth conversation, practical examples, and thought-provoking discussions with the GEO community.

Start: Thursday, October 5, 2:00 PM Eastern

End: Thursday, November 16, 4:00 PM Eastern

If you have any questions about this Remote Learning Series, please contact Sammi Santini at

Register Now!

Registration for the 2023 Community Driven Philanthropy Remote Learning Series is now open via Jotform and close on Monday, October 2nd, or once we reach 50 participants, whichever comes first.


  • $650 - Current GEO Members
  • $1000 - Non-GEO members


  • Session 1: Thursday, October 5th, 2:00 - 4:00 pm ET
  • Session 2: Thursday, October 19th, 2:00 - 4:00 pm ET
  • Session 3: Thursday, October 26th, 2:00 - 4:00 pm ET
  • Session 4: Thursday, November 2nd, 2:00 - 4:00 pm ET
  • Session 5: Thursday, November 9th, 2:00 - 4:00 pm ET
  • Session 6: Thursday, November 16th, 2:00 - 4:00 pm ET

    Sessions will be facilitated via Zoom. Registered participants will receive pre-reading materials and login information 1 week prior to the series start.

About the Community Driven Philanthropy Remote Learning Series

This highly-interactive, six-session online learning series gives grantmakers in the GEO community the opportunity to learn from their peers about Community-Driven Philanthropy grantmaking approaches. Participants will explore the practices that matter most to nonprofits through a combination of in-depth conversation, practical examples, and thought-provoking discussions.

Participants will:

• Build their own capacity for having difficult conversations around the historically rooted relationship between philanthropy and community distrust.
• Understand the conditions necessary to build and sustain trust with community members and the need for building the capacity for long-term social change.
• Start to map and analyze power at the individual, organizational, and community levels to create plans to identify ways in which philanthropy can equitably cede power in communities and with nonprofit partners.
• Understand and use the Community and Nonprofit Participation Spectrum* and Philanthropic Processes for Participation to map current and future community-driven actions.
• Do a deep dive on listening and feedback as a critical way to inform community-driven philanthropy, gaining familiarity with key competencies for high-quality feedback loops and their connection to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
• Get an overview of different toolboxes in the sector to help their future community-driven philanthropy efforts, including Fund for Shared Insight Listening & Feedback Funder Action Menu, NCRP Power Moves, and the Trust-Based Philanthropy Project.
• Lean into current diagnoses, analyses and interpretations of our roles and the sector of philanthropy; and envision a future of community-driven integration and systems change.
• Connect and build relationships with other GEO members who can be a resource and support in implementing community-driven philanthropy in their work.

The series is highly interactive and active participation is required to gain the most from this course.

Participant Eligibility

GEO Remote Learning Series are open to current GEO members; all staff and trustees of grantmaking institutions; staff of philanthropy-supporting infrastructure groups, such as regional associations of grantmakers and affinity groups; and staff of academic institutions and programs focused primarily on the study of philanthropy and the practice of giving. Additionally, participation is limited to a maximum of three individuals from a given organization in the Remote Learning Series.

Our Remote Learning Series participant eligibility policy intends to create a space where participants can speak openly and candidly about challenges within their work while also allowing people from a variety of grantmaking and philanthropy-supporting organizations to participate in the series.

GEO will only accept participant registrations that are in accordance with our eligibility policy. GEO has the discretion to edit your submission, in accordance with our policies, and will alert participants to any changes.

If you are not a GEO member and are interested in becoming a member, please visit our membership page or email Membership Manager Bo Dorsey at



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