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Learning in Philanthropy: A Guidebook

When grantmakers focus on learning for improvement, we use evaluation and learning to generate information and insights that will help us better understand both how we’re doing in our work and how to improve. A focus on taking action based on what we learn ensures that we are engaged in strategic or applied learning. This publication serves as an orientation for staff and board members highlighting key concepts, how to get started, and how others in the field are thinking about and addressing important issues around learning. This publication provides a solid basis for thinking and talking about the next steps in your organization’s learning work.
  • May 12, 2019

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    GEOList Summary: Faith-based funding guidelines?

    The Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF) is interested in best or promising practices, or guidelines/policy that work for your foundation around funding faith-based programming/organizations that provide health and social services in the community. We are interested to know if you impose any restrictions on the use of funding for any types of faith activities and whether you require that the health and human service programs provided by faith-based entities serve ALL residents regardless of their faith, gender identification and/or sexual orientation. Thank you in advance.
    • June 3, 2020
    • Bo Dorsey
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    GEOList Summary: Best practices for processing grants via ACH transfers

    Hello Everyone, We are seeking recommendations/resources on best practices for processing grants via ACH transfers (including safeguarding banking information). If any of you do this and would be willing to share your advice, we’d be thrilled! Thank you and hope you are all well.
    • June 3, 2020
    • Bo Dorsey
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    GEOList Summary: Seeking virtual conferencing consultants/groups

    Hello! Can anyone recommend a group that can support virtual conference planning - both program planning and tech support? Or if you know separate groups for each of those functions, that's fine too. Thanks!
    • June 3, 2020
    • Bo Dorsey
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    GEOList Summary: Evaluation Consultation Recommendation

    The Farash Foundation seeks a consultant to work with staff on creating an evaluation framework for its new strategic plan. Has anyone worked with an evaluation consultant or firm that they can recommend? Thanks and be well.
    • May 6, 2020
    • Bo Dorsey
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    GEOList Summary: COVID-19 Grantmaking Strategies

    GEO Colleagues, As we continue to provide grant dollars for immediate and critical needs in response to COVID-19 we are beginning to look at “what’s next” for our traditional, competitive grantmaking program. While I recognize every community will have different needs and circumstances, have many of you been able to develop a comprehensive grant strategy to provide long-term relief to nonprofits impacted by COVID-19? If so, would you be willing to share your framework, application, current thoughts, etc.? Wishing you and yours good health --
    • April 29, 2020
    • Bo Dorsey
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    GEOList Summary: Supporting nonprofit staff during COVID-19

    Good afternoon, We’ve all been providing emergency grants to our nonprofit partners to ensure continuation of services – but has anyone done anything that is a direct benefit to the front-line nonprofit employees? Aside from hazard pay, has anyone funded or worked with someone providing programming to address and support mental health and the anxiety of coming to work and interacting face-to-face with people during these times? I’m looking for some suggestions, ideas, examples,… Thanks, and stay health and safe!
    • April 28, 2020
    • Bo Dorsey
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    GEOList Summary: Excellent Workforce and Early Childhood Examples - Mid-sized Cities

    Hello all, The Iowa West Foundation annually conducts a board retreat. We use this event as an opportunity to engage our board in seeing examples of what is working in other communities who are addressing problems we are facing locally. The trips have generated great lessons-learned that have influenced our giving in some very positive ways. This year we are looking for mid-sized cities that are doing innovative work addressing early childhood education and workforce development. We would appreciate any recommendations you have as we start to put together a plan.
    • March 30, 2020
    • Bo Dorsey
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    GEOList Summary: Amplifying Discretionary Grants

    Hi GEO Friends, Our board members have made some discretionary grants that have led to interesting lessons and outcomes. For example, one joined forces with a city agency to fund a civic project that gained significant public attention and engaged numerous residents. The grant was so successful that the project was extended and later opened the door to other community engagement projects in that location. What started out as a small grant, had an big impact in a short amount of time and has since led to new partnerships. We have other examples like this. Our board members would like to blog about their experiences. We are aware of the dangers of doing this, of course, and our staff will pull together a list of pros and cons for the board to consider. However, we are wondering if any foundations have done anything to amplify their discretionary giving? If so, how did it go? If you think this is a terrible idea based on experience, I’d love to hear about that as well. I would appreciate your input. Thanks so much.
    • March 27, 2020
    • Bo Dorsey
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    GEOList Summary: Fundraising Question

    Dear Colleagues - The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is a grant making public charity and not a private Foundation. We have a policy to not compete for grants or conduct other fundraising activities that would put us in competition with the vary organizations who may seek funding from us. Our Board has decided to revisit this policy and explore the possibility of conducting its own fundraising activities. Does anyone else have a policy on fundraising or pursuing grants or has explored this within their organizations? And if so, would you be willing to share?
    • March 17, 2020
    • Bo Dorsey
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    GEOList Summary: Alternative methods to final reports

    Dear GEO Fellows! After one year of re-evaluating our approach to grantmaking, we landed on a high touch approach throughout our processes that is built on relationship building, longer term commitments, and a user-friendly process from start to finish. To that end, we want to explore alternative methods to traditional reports. Currently we have built-in a few questions in our portal that enables the grantees to report on outcomes, successes, challenges and allows for some basic narratives. We understand that every foundation captures data differently and a lot of nonprofits end up spending significant time completing reports, so we want to see if there is something better out there. Question: Has anyone tried a different approach aside from asking for a narrative report or something that is quantitative data intensive? Has anyone experimented with video reports submissions or qualitative narrative based blogs or other storytelling methods? I would greatly appreciate if you share your methods if you are doing it differently.
    • March 12, 2020
    • Bo Dorsey