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Culture Resource Guide: Overview

After more than 15 years promoting grantmaker practices that support nonprofit results, GEO is convinced that a strong culture inside foundations is critical for effective philanthropy. The following sections of this guide provide more perspective on each of these phases of culture change: understand, assess, shift and tend.
  • July 2, 2018

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    GEOList Summary: Support grantee cohorts that speak different languages?

    Do you know of any examples or best practices on how to serve grantee cohorts and grantees when they speak different languages? Democracy Fund is part of a state funder collaborative in North Carolina that will support a cohort of local news and information nonprofits through grants, and probably will have at least one organization that has leaders that speak primarily Spanish. We also are hoping to support some convenings, as well as other types of resources such as informal mentorships, readings, etc. We hope to continue to make this funder collaborative’s offerings, as well as other work we do beyond NC, more accessible to organizations that have staff and leaders that speak languages other than English. We started by making this collaborative’s application and guidelines available in Spanish, and provided an interpreter for conversations during the application process, but know that we could do more. Thanks for any thoughts, ideas, feedback or links!
    • July 24, 2018
    • Austin Frizzell
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    GEOList Summary: Staff Professional Development Trainings

    Hello all, We have just completed an amazing year of learning and personal development as a staff (adaptive leadership, racial equity, crucial conversations and facilitation for accountability), and we are ready for more! What trainings have your organizations supported for your staff?? What recommendations would you make for our next year of personal development trainings? All the best, Melanie
    • July 23, 2018
    • Austin Frizzell
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    GEOList Summary: Grantee Evaluation/Data Infrastructure Funding

    Hello GEO Members, The McGregor Fund is interested in hearing from other funders that offer grants (either in addition to programmatic funding, or as stand-alone grants) for grantee evaluation capacity and/or data infrastructure. These grants might support evaluation consultants, or experts in data management or data system acquisition. They might support training to strengthen grantee data collection, evaluation, or performance measurement. In my scan of GEO archives and the web so far, I have found numerous foundations that fund research, or evaluation of the impact of their funding, and some who fund IT infrastructure, but less that are focused on building grantee capacity to better manage and use their data to inform programmatic and strategic decision-making. If you know of any funders that do this, or do something similar yourself, I would love to hear from you, and am curious about how these grant opportunities are assessed by staff, and any reflections on the value of these grants.
    • July 23, 2018
    • Austin Frizzell
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    Using Key Moments to Shape Culture: The Helen Macpherson Smith Trust

    With the retirement of their long-time CEO and a milestone distribution to celebrate, Helen Macpherson Smith Trust took this natural opporutnity to review and transition the trust’s organizational culture, grantmaking strategy, structure and processes.
    • July 3, 2018
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    Creating Culture Together at the GHR Foundation

    As they contemplated a period of significant growth in the foundation’s assets (along with a potential expansion of staff and programs), the staff of GHR Foundation began to explore the kind of organizational culture they all wanted to create together.
    • July 3, 2018
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    2018 National Conference Discussion Guide: Funding for Justice and Change

    To achieve our vision for individuals and communities, grantmakers must work to address the historic, emerging, dynamic and collective forces at work to suppress racial, social and economic injustice.
    • June 13, 2018
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    2018 National Conference Discussion Guide: The GEO Community at 20

    Over the last 20 years, the GEO community has worked to transform a desire for results into real improvements by creating spaces where grantmakers learn together and use that learning to drive concrete changes in the way grantmaking work gets done. As a field, we've made progress. And, as we continue learning together, our understanding of effective philanthropy evolves.
    • June 13, 2018
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    2018 National Conference Discussion Guide: Automating Austerity

    Virginia Eubanks, professor at the University at Albany, SUNY and author of Automating Inequality offered lessons from twenty years of research and reporting on the use of digital tools in public service programs to place the big data revolution in its political and economic context.
    • June 13, 2018
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    2018 National Conference Discussion Guide: Creating Space for Systems Change

    Raj Jayadev of Silicon Valley De-Bug shared how De-Bug has been transforming the criminal justice system using a "participatory defense" approach that empowers families and community members to sway the result of court cases. He suggested ways grantmakers can support systems change work led by nonprofits and communities, and how creating space allows for the innovation that's needed to tackle oppressive systems and institutions.
    • June 13, 2018
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    2018 National Conference Discussion Guide: Inclusive Grantmaking Requires Breaking Norms

    Christina Canales Gorczynski highlighted the Simmons Foundation's work to address the power dynamics inherent in philanthropy and how the foundation identified avenues for communities to drive and direct change.
    • June 13, 2018