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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: 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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    GEOList Summary: Small Grants Process

    For the sake of diversity, equity and inclusion, the Saint Louis County Children’s Service Fund would like to expand the application process to encourage organizations that may not have capacity for the regular core funding request for proposals. We are considering a small grants process that would remove barriers for grass roots and/or small capacity organizations. What processes do GEO members have for small grants or to encourage new/small agencies to apply?
    • July 19, 2018
    • Austin Frizzell
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    GEOList Summary: Family Leave Policies

    What sort of paid maternity, paternity, and/or family leave does your Foundation offer and who does it cover – ie, birth parents, adoptive parents, employees providing caregiving for aging parents?
    • July 16, 2018
    • Austin Frizzell
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    Racial Equity Training Specifically for Foundations

    I’m looking for recommendations of consultants and/or organizations that offer racial equity training specifically for foundations and grantmakers.
    • July 10, 2018
    • Austin Frizzell
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    GEOList Summary: Contracts with a DEI Lens

    We’re interested in more equitable hiring practices as well as contracting language around ownership of ideas & information generated, reciprocal confidentiality clauses, hiring of subcontractors, and anything else related to the terms of a contract.
    • June 30, 2018
    • Austin Frizzell
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    GEOList Summary: External Reviewers

    Our Fund uses external reviewers to review, score, and make funding recommendations. External reviewers generally are master’s level professionals with experience in funding review and the sector which is children’s mental health and substance abuse. What is the process for arriving at a reasonable fee structure to attract competent reviewers?
    • June 20, 2018
    • Austin Frizzell
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    GEOList Summary: Racial Equity Funding

    Vancouver Foundation is launching a new youth engagement initiative focused on racial equity (specifically Indigenous, immigrant and refugee young people). We’re in the process of developing our grant applications, reports and criteria. I’m curious about the other funders out there that do racial equity grantmaking and wondering if it would be possible to get more information about your own grant applications, reports and criteria. And if there are any projects that you’ve funded that really stand out to you I’d love to hear about them as well!
    • June 7, 2018
    • Austin Frizzell
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    GEOList Summary: Alternative Funding Models

    Allegany Franciscan Ministries is interested in utilizing various methods other than traditional grant-making to support communities in our place-based initiative, such as social impact funds, micro-grants/loans, loans (directly or through a CDFI), payments to for-profit entities and consultants to deliver a service such as community outreach and marketing or leadership development, and others. I am both looking for resources and example, AND looking for someone who can present to my board of directors on June 19 as part of a panel, describing an alternative practice from the lens of a foundation.
    • May 21, 2018
    • Austin Frizzell
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    GEOList Summary: Foundation Equity & Inclusion Statements/ Non-discrimination Policies

    I’m curious if this is a common practice and what funders have learned in the process to draft/implement these types of statements.
    • March 27, 2018
    • Aerial Reese