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From publications to toolkits, GEO’s resources lift up experiences from your peers to help you turn knowledge into action.

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Get on the Balcony: How Grantmakers Can Ignite Change

This publication seeks to offer some helpful approaches for jump-starting a change initiative, drawn from the reflections of GEO members who have been tasked with assessing challenges and cultivating the conditions for a productive change process.
  • September 20, 2018

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    GEOList Summary: Indirect Rate

    I am seeking guidance on a more equitable policy for Indirect. I am noticing that more and more nonprofits are adding an indirect rate to their grant budgets. It used to be that we only saw this with universities and research entities. When talking to some of our grantees about this rate, I've learned they each calculate the rate differently. Also, when an applicant breaks down what would normally be considered "indirect," we don't add up the expenses to see if they come within our policy. Our current policy is no more than 12% (but again, that's if they title it "indirect.") Please include your average grant size or grant range in your response.
    • December 11, 2018
    • Emily Kepner
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    GEOList Summary: Resources for Philanthropic Board Development with an Equity Lens

    I'm wondering if any of you have insights, processes, or resources to share on board development with an equity lens?
    • November 27, 2018
    • Emily Kepner
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    GEOList Summary: Futurist Speaker Suggestions

    A colleague of mine is working with a large progressive behavioral health and human services organization serving young people in 12 states. They would like to bring a futurist to their Annual Retreat. A fee would be paid. Who would you recommend that could speak about any one of three topic areas listed below: 1. How will behavioral health and human services be delivered in 2030- such as using technology, the contract structure, relying on predictive analytics, scientific discoveries, creating service networks to provide a continuum of care, etc.? 2. How technology will have changed our world in 2030 in terms of how we live, work, play, and access services? 3. The relevance of the human service nonprofit sector as a critical service link in meeting the needs of our society in 2030 and the business model that will support them?
    • November 9, 2018
    • Emily Kepner
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    GEOList: Long-term Investing

    We are actively reviewing the benchmark established for our long-term investment portfolio. Would you be willing to share your long-term asset allocation and the corresponding benchmark used?
    • November 6, 2018
    • Emily Kepner
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    GEOList Summary: Multi Year Support

    There is a foundation interested in giving multi year grants for the first time. They are searching for some best practices in how to design and implement this new approach, what budgeting guidelines to use (specifically best ways to decide what percentage of their grant making to allocate for this), and any other insights related to implementing multi year grants in a sustainable and impactful way.
    • October 23, 2018
    • Emily Kepner
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    GEOList Summary: Reporting + renewal proposal

    One goal we have is to combine final reports with renewal proposals. Does anyone have examples to share of this sort of combined report/proposal format and how you’ve sequenced deadlines, conversations and due diligence, and renewal grant recommendations?
    • October 18, 2018
    • Emily Kepner
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    GEO’s Resources on Equity

    In your first year of GEO membership, to help you stay informed of the emerging trends and promising practices from the field, we'll point you to GEO's publications, research and peer conversations. Below, find some of GEO’s tools and resources on equity. We hope these are helpful as you explore how GEO can support your work.
    • October 10, 2018
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    GEOList Summary: Evaluation of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Capacity Building Initiative in the Arts

    In addition to advancing EDI in our own work and that of our grant partners, we want to share learnings from the Diversity in Theater initiative with the broader theater community and other funders working at the intersection of arts and social justice. Have you taken on a similar learning, evaluation, and field-building initiative at your foundation? If so, would you be willing to share your process and approach with us, including potential pitfalls to avoid and opportunities to explore?
    • October 10, 2018
    • Emily Kepner
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    GEOList Summary: Information requested on employer educational benefits

    One of our members is interested in learning more about what funders and nonprofits are offering in terms of education benefits for their employees. They are not seeking information on tuition reimbursement (employee pays first, seeks reimbursement), but rather scholarship or grant programs that support employees in their pursuit of a higher education degree or credential.
    • October 8, 2018
    • Emily Kepner
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    GEOList Summary: Shared, back-office services models for small nonprofits

    We are exploring the possibility of co-funding shared, back-office services for a group of mutual grantees (shared-services is essentially pooling and “outsourcing” administrative functions to alleviate the burden on small-staff and emerging nonprofits). We’d like to hear from other grantmakers who have successfully funded this type of work for their communities. Specifically, has anyone identified and funded a suite of services like HR or bookkeeping, to build the capacity of their emerging nonprofits? If so, what was your experience like? What did you consider in the evaluation process? Or, if you’ve developed your own shared-services model as part of your broader capacity building work, how did you go about this?
    • October 4, 2018
    • Emily Kepner