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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: Learning Management System

    Looking at using a Learning Management System for a cohort based program we are developing for nonprofit leaders. Many of the systems seem to be for larger, involved programs. Is there anyone using one for smaller groups that they might recommend?
    • May 21, 2019
    • Bo Dorsey
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    GEOList Summary: Improving Foundation Evaluation Practice

    Dear GEO community, We recently produced a second edition of Evaluation Principles and Practices, A Guide to Evaluation at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. As part of our updated practice guide, we are aiming to improve our evaluation practice by increasing our 1) public sharing of evaluation findings, 2) engagement with grantees, and 3) integration of our foundation’s guiding principle of diversity, equity and inclusion. We include some practical tips to support staff in doing all of these things and are looking for additional practical, specific examples from others of specific tips or tools they have used to effectively promote these evaluation practices.
    • May 20, 2019
    • Bo Dorsey
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    Lobbying expenditures

    The Rhode Island Foundation (a community foundation) is updating our website and application materials and would like to clarify the language we provide around organizations’ lobbying activities. We would be very interested in seeing any guidance you provide to your applicants around lobbying expenditures.
    • May 6, 2019
    • Bo Dorsey
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    GEOList Summary: Curated Capacity Building Resources

    Dear GEO Community, The Packard Foundation’s Organizational Effectiveness Program (OE) is interested in learning about capacity building resources that provide assistance in matching organizations with 1) the trainings, tools, or consultants that are most relevant for them, or 2) with peers who have lived experience on capacity building topics. We are especially interested in resources that include: • crowdsourcing from nonprofits who have used the tools, consultants, or trainings prior • successful peer support functions where leaders are connected with other leaders with similar capacity building interests or experiences • a central navigator/guide/curator who provides support in navigating what resources could be most useful.
    • May 1, 2019
    • Bo Dorsey
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    GEOList Summary: Impact Investing Policy Statement

    We are investing up to 25% of our endowment portfolio in local and regional community based impact investments and need a policy statement for that purpose. Does anyone have an Impact Investing Policy Statement that you could share with me? Our primary method of execution will be using CDFIs, but we may have a few direct placement investments as well. (I am not looking for a policy dealing with publicly traded securities).
    • April 22, 2019
    • Rylan Kepner
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    GEOList Summary: Funding for Operating Foundations

    Can anyone weigh-in on whether your private foundation tends to make grants to operating foundations? If not, why not (e.g., legal barriers, comfort level, etc.)? If you foundation does make grants to operating foundations, what additional information or requirements do you ask the applicant to provide or meet?
    • April 19, 2019
    • Rylan Kepner
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    GEOList Summary: Funding Government Entities

    We at Sunlight Giving would like to hear from GEO colleagues about how and when you may choose to (or not to) support a government entity. In particular, we’d like to know: In what cases do you provide grants directly to government entities and what are the terms of those grants? We’re interested in the funding of state and especially local initiatives, rather than big government philanthropic arms like CDC Foundation; What application materials do you require from them, especially around financials? And is there any special due diligence you conduct?; What are the risks of funding the government?; Sometimes we hear from partner funders, “we don’t fund government.” For those foundations, what are the reasons why you have decided not to fund government?
    • April 1, 2019
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    GEOList Summary: Program Design for Racial Equity Peer Cohorts

    ACT for Alexandria, a community foundation in Alexandria, VA, is developing a capacity building cohort focused on racial equity for nonprofit leaders in our community. We are curious about any of your experiences with similar initiatives.
    • April 1, 2019
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    GEOList Summary: Grant Management Fees

    For any of my peers that are managing grant programs for other entities in the community, could you share what your fee structure looks like? Do you asses fees by charging a flat percent on the amount of the asset in the fund, per grant cycle, or per application reviewed? I am working on a partnership whereas we would manage a fund, a couple of grant cycles a year, a selections committee, and the due diligence of any funds granted.
    • March 28, 2019
    • Rylan Kepner
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    GEOList Summary: Impact Assessment Expert Recommendations

    GlobalGiving is convening a small number of the corporate partners for whom we handle grantmaking later this year in Washington DC. We’re looking for someone to lead a discussion on impact reporting in grant making. This person ideally would: Have a strong understanding of the impact assessment landscape for funders; Have experience implementing and/or managing "successful" impact reporting frameworks in trust-based grantmaking environments, (preferably both domestically and internationally); Be open to lively debate and discussion about impact assessment alternatives.
    • March 28, 2019
    • Rylan Kepner