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Engaging Boards and Trustees in Strategic Learning: A Toolkit

The fields of strategic learning and evaluation have also grown and shifted over the last decade, and new ways of thinking about and evaluating grantmaking and its impacts have emerged. This paper responds to these changes and provides a fresh outlook and set of resources for grantmaker CEOs, evaluation staff, and senior leaders to use to engage their boards and trustees in strategic learning. Our hope is that staff and leaders use any or all of the ten tools we have developed to help board members and trustees understand what strategic learning is (and isn’t), why it is important, and how to better incorporate strategic learning practices into their work.
  • January 17, 2019

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    GEOList Summary: Impact Investing Policy Statement

    We are investing up to 25% of our endowment portfolio in local and regional community based impact investments and need a policy statement for that purpose. Does anyone have an Impact Investing Policy Statement that you could share with me? Our primary method of execution will be using CDFIs, but we may have a few direct placement investments as well. (I am not looking for a policy dealing with publicly traded securities).
    • April 22, 2019
    • Emily Kepner
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    GEOList Summary: Funding for Operating Foundations

    Can anyone weigh-in on whether your private foundation tends to make grants to operating foundations? If not, why not (e.g., legal barriers, comfort level, etc.)? If you foundation does make grants to operating foundations, what additional information or requirements do you ask the applicant to provide or meet?
    • April 19, 2019
    • Emily Kepner
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    GEOList Summary: Funding Government Entities

    We at Sunlight Giving would like to hear from GEO colleagues about how and when you may choose to (or not to) support a government entity. In particular, we’d like to know: In what cases do you provide grants directly to government entities and what are the terms of those grants? We’re interested in the funding of state and especially local initiatives, rather than big government philanthropic arms like CDC Foundation; What application materials do you require from them, especially around financials? And is there any special due diligence you conduct?; What are the risks of funding the government?; Sometimes we hear from partner funders, “we don’t fund government.” For those foundations, what are the reasons why you have decided not to fund government?
    • April 1, 2019
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    GEOList Summary: Program Design for Racial Equity Peer Cohorts

    ACT for Alexandria, a community foundation in Alexandria, VA, is developing a capacity building cohort focused on racial equity for nonprofit leaders in our community. We are curious about any of your experiences with similar initiatives.
    • April 1, 2019
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    GEOList Summary: Grant Management Fees

    For any of my peers that are managing grant programs for other entities in the community, could you share what your fee structure looks like? Do you asses fees by charging a flat percent on the amount of the asset in the fund, per grant cycle, or per application reviewed? I am working on a partnership whereas we would manage a fund, a couple of grant cycles a year, a selections committee, and the due diligence of any funds granted.
    • March 28, 2019
    • Emily Kepner
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    GEOList Summary: Impact Assessment Expert Recommendations

    GlobalGiving is convening a small number of the corporate partners for whom we handle grantmaking later this year in Washington DC. We’re looking for someone to lead a discussion on impact reporting in grant making. This person ideally would: Have a strong understanding of the impact assessment landscape for funders; Have experience implementing and/or managing "successful" impact reporting frameworks in trust-based grantmaking environments, (preferably both domestically and internationally); Be open to lively debate and discussion about impact assessment alternatives.
    • March 28, 2019
    • Emily Kepner
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    GEOList Summary: Strategic Branding and Marketing Guidance

    Do any foundations have experience with building an in-house branded program? In order to build this brand and maximize effectiveness of the Upgrade initiative, we are in need of marketing and strategic guidance. We are interested in learning from your experiences. We’d also appreciate any recommendations of individuals or firms you have worked with who have led you through a strategic marketing process.
    • March 27, 2019
    • Emily Kepner
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    GEOList Summary: Travel with Children

    NoVo is doing some research on Family Forward workplaces as a way to see how/where we may want to enhance our current practices. As part of this we are exploring policies/practices related to travel with children, when travel is seen as essential part of one's job responsibilities. So, my questions are: 1. Do you have a travel policy that reimburses childcare expenses when an employee is travelling? If yes, a) is there a limitation on the child's age under which the the travel expenses are reimbursed? (if yes, what is the age?) b) do you reimburse all expenses for the child (flight, hotel, meals, etc.) and are there any caps on expenses? c) do you reimburse for a caretaker to travel with the employee and child and are there any caps on expenses? d) do you have different policies for domestic and international travel? e) Is the benefit available to everyone? When are people eligible? 2. If a nursing mother is travelling without the child, do you cover expenses related to shipping breast milk?
    • March 21, 2019
    • Emily Kepner
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    GEOList Summary: Opening up Conference RFP List

    I have a question for you regarding closed RFP processes and how to make them more DEI-aligned. For GEO conferences, we create an RFP and ask for proposal submissions from our members, nonmembers and others. Our process has been to create a curated list of contacts that are notified when the RFP opens. We want to expand our list and are also considering what it would be like to move away from a closed, curated RFP notification list in order to get a broader range of applicants submitting proposals. My questions for you are: • One idea we are considering is posting the RFP link more publicly on our website, in our newsletters, etc. But, what else could we be doing to ensure that our RFP goes to more than our usual suspects? I was thinking of reaching out to nonprofit associations, asking our partners to promote, etc. • How have you been considering what it means to have a closed/ invite-only RFP alongside values of diversity, inclusion and equity?
    • March 20, 2019
    • Emily Kepner
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    GEOList Summary: Artistic Vitality Language & DEI

    I’m interested in what language others have used that we might consider and thoughts on a more inclusive definition of artistic vitality without changing our strategy. Has anyone been engaging in this conversation or exploration?
    • March 4, 2019
    • Austin Frizzell