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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: 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
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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