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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: Travel with Children

    NoVo is doing some research on Family Forward workplaces as a way to see how/where we may want to enhance our current practices. As part of this we are exploring policies/practices related to travel with children, when travel is seen as essential part of one's job responsibilities. So, my questions are: 1. Do you have a travel policy that reimburses childcare expenses when an employee is travelling? If yes, a) is there a limitation on the child's age under which the the travel expenses are reimbursed? (if yes, what is the age?) b) do you reimburse all expenses for the child (flight, hotel, meals, etc.) and are there any caps on expenses? c) do you reimburse for a caretaker to travel with the employee and child and are there any caps on expenses? d) do you have different policies for domestic and international travel? e) Is the benefit available to everyone? When are people eligible? 2. If a nursing mother is travelling without the child, do you cover expenses related to shipping breast milk?
    • March 21, 2019
    • Rylan Kepner
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    GEOList Summary: Opening up Conference RFP List

    I have a question for you regarding closed RFP processes and how to make them more DEI-aligned. For GEO conferences, we create an RFP and ask for proposal submissions from our members, nonmembers and others. Our process has been to create a curated list of contacts that are notified when the RFP opens. We want to expand our list and are also considering what it would be like to move away from a closed, curated RFP notification list in order to get a broader range of applicants submitting proposals. My questions for you are: • One idea we are considering is posting the RFP link more publicly on our website, in our newsletters, etc. But, what else could we be doing to ensure that our RFP goes to more than our usual suspects? I was thinking of reaching out to nonprofit associations, asking our partners to promote, etc. • How have you been considering what it means to have a closed/ invite-only RFP alongside values of diversity, inclusion and equity?
    • March 20, 2019
    • Rylan Kepner
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    GEOList Summary: Artistic Vitality Language & DEI

    I’m interested in what language others have used that we might consider and thoughts on a more inclusive definition of artistic vitality without changing our strategy. Has anyone been engaging in this conversation or exploration?
    • March 4, 2019
    • Austin Frizzell
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    GEOList Summary: North Texas Poverty Alleviation Taskforce, Capacity Building

    Who funds poverty-related issues like human services, community health, access to education, workforce, food security etc. around Dallas County? Related, are there organizations you fund who do good and effective work in these areas, create impact, and could benefit from technical assistance to build fundraising capacity?
    • February 28, 2019
    • Austin Frizzell
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    GEOList Summary: Online community platforms

    Does anyone operate within a region that utilizes an online community platform for local nonprofit organizations to communicate with each other? Think a private social media site – only accessible to local nonprofit organizations – where they can post needs for specific items, program availability, events, grant opportunities, etc. I’m looking for resources, best practices, experiences with a particular platform, as well as anyone who has tried this and run into difficulties with startup or ongoing operation.
    • February 22, 2019
    • Austin Frizzell
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    GEOList Summary: Early Declination Process

    What criteria do you use for recommending an early declination? What process do you use? Prior to recommending an early declination OR moving forward for a site visit, do you have some kind of interim step that is conducted to be the deciding factor?
    • February 22, 2019
    • Austin Frizzell
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    GEOList Summary: Anonymous Review Application Process

    Our question is do other Foundations who have similar fellowship programs have an anonymous review process whereby certain personal/professional information regarding the applicant is unknown to the reviewer? If so, has it made a difference in increasing the diversity (e.g. race/ethnicity, gender, academic discipline, institutional affiliation) of the awardees?
    • February 19, 2019
    • Austin Frizzell
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    GEOList Summary: Examples of place-based funders collaborating to build capacity?

    We are a small family foundation funding in Dane County, Wisconsin, interested in collaborating more formally with other Dane County funders to elevate the effectiveness of our nonprofit sector. I am looking for examples of other collaborative efforts, namely place-based funders working together to: identify capacity needs, bring and/or develop learning opportunities for nonprofits, and evaluate capacity gains.
    • February 14, 2019
    • Austin Frizzell
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    GEOList Summary: Outcomes Software

    I’d like to know what software or other systems foundations are using to track grantee outcomes and impact.
    • February 13, 2019
    • Austin Frizzell
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    GEOList Summary: Recommendations for Keynote Speaker

    The Scranton Area Community Foundation will be hosting a Learning Conference in the Fall, and we are looking for a keynote speaker. In particular, we are looking for someone to speak on "Becoming a Learning Organization" or similarly related topic.
    • February 12, 2019