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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: Structuring matching grants

    What requirements do you put on the match? For example, must the funds be from a new donor to qualify, or do you simply look at total contributed income in one year versus the previous year? How do you calculate/verify the amount of qualifying funds raised? For example, do you require final 990s or audited financial statements?
    • September 13, 2018
    • Austin Frizzell
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    GEOList Summary: Communicating about strategy change

    For those of you who have been through foundation strategy shifts, I am wondering what you have learned about communicating with grantees and non-grantees throughout the process? What worked well, and what did not seem to go so well?
    • September 13, 2018
    • Austin Frizzell
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    GEOList Summary: Faith Community Nurse Grant Opportunity Samples

    Our foundation is interested in creating a grant opportunity for local faith communities to apply to support the creation or ongoing support of an existing program. If your foundation has this type of opportunity, I’d be interested in your grant criteria, etc.
    • September 5, 2018
    • Austin Frizzell
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    GEOList Summary: Compensation levels for peer reviewers

    As the professional fall gets underway, I write with a question about payment of peer reviewers. We are currently examining our practices, and I am curious if there is an implicit consensus about compensation for reading and evaluating grant applications among funders.
    • September 4, 2018
    • Austin Frizzell
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    GEOList Summary: Cemetery Association Funds

    Our Foundation has been approached by a local Cemetery Association [501(c) 13] wishing to establish an endowed fund with us. Can anyone provide guidance on whether this is a permitted relationship? If it is permitted, are there specific expenditure responsibility requirements Do you classify it as a Donor Advised or Agency Fund?
    • August 31, 2018
    • Austin Frizzell
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    GEOList Summary: Recommendations for focus group convenings

    I am interested in any frameworks or tools, best practices or top three tips for doing focus groups well while respecting the community's time.
    • August 31, 2018
    • Austin Frizzell
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    GEOList Summary: Conflict of Interest Policies

    We are currently reviewing our Conflict of Interest policy for our Board, Community Advisory Council and Staff. I would appreciate receiving copies of any other Foundation’s conflict of interest policies for general information.
    • August 29, 2018
    • Austin Frizzell
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    Question on whether you have an impact investing dashboard to share

    I’m wondering if any of you involved in impact investing have developed a dashboard that helps to create a snapshot of your investments.
    • August 28, 2018
    • Austin Frizzell
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    GEOList Summary: Rural Quality Improvement Collaboratives for Maternal Care and Infant Health

    I am exploring the idea of funding quality improvement collaboratives that focus on maternal care and infant health up to one year of age. I’m tossing around some ideas in my head but I would love to learn from others who have done something similar in a rural context. What were some of the lessons learned? How was the funding opportunity structured given some of the constraints in terms of providers, geographic variations and organizations?
    • August 17, 2018
    • Austin Frizzell
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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