Resources

From publications to toolkits, GEO’s resources lift up experiences from your peers to help you turn knowledge into action.

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Centering Equity through Flexible, Reliable Funding

With this guide, GEO seeks to reassert the value of flexible, reliable funding with an updated analysis and set of examples to illustrate how a commitment to flexible, reliable funding can support the sector to be more equitable and community driven in its practice.
  • May 25, 2022

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    GEOList Summary: Seeking recommendations for strategic planning consultants specializing in racial equity

    Good Morning, I recently searched the GEOlist archives for an answer to my question, however, it seems like I am the first to inquire about this specific subject matter. My question is: The John R. Oishei Foundation, located in Buffalo, NY will embark on a strategic planning process in 2022 and to further advance our racial equity initiative, we are looking for a consultant with DEI+J experience. For those who have recently worked with a strategic planning consultant specializing in racial equity or partnered with a DEI+J facilitator to compliment the learning process, could you please share your experience and the firms/individuals you’ve engaged to guide your organization’s decision-making? Thank you. I think this is a great question to hear more from the member base on how they are approaching strategic planning with a racial equity lens. Please let me know if you need anything else from my end.
    • February 20, 2022
    • Bo Dorsey
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    GEOList Summary: Seeking recommendations for a third-party provider to benchmark compensation

    Hello Everyone! Does anyone have recommendations for a third-party provider to benchmark compensation at a nonprofit? Thank you!
    • February 20, 2022
    • Bo Dorsey
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    GEOList Summary: Grant Variance Policy Examples

    Good afternoon, The Frey Foundation is in the process of reviewing our grant variance policies, including but not limited to no-cost extensions, changes of scope, additional/supplemental funding, or budget variances. Does anyone in the GEO community have examples of variance policies that they use within their grantmaking practice that they are willing to share? Regards,
    • February 16, 2022
    • Bo Dorsey
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    GEOList Summary: Board Directors & decision-making on grants

    Happy (Western Hemisphere) New Year everyone. I would love to hear from the PUBLIC Foundation community. Do you have any high-level language you include in the Terms of Reference for Board Directors that summarises their role in grantmaking decision-making or approvals? We are in the process of updating the role our Board plays in grantmaking decision-making. In parallel, we are working with an external organization to strengthen our capacity on meaningful youth engagement. The end result being a more youth inclusive grantmaking decision-making process. In the meantime (before the meaningful youth engagement piece of work is completed – not for another 7 months or so) we need to update some of our governance documents including BoD terms of reference. Hence, I am just looking for examples of generic language so as to not commit ourselves to anything too specific on grantmaking decision-making/approvals, but it is a HUGE motivator and reason why people want to support our organization and join our Board … so I need to mention something. Thanks everyone.
    • January 31, 2022
    • Bo Dorsey
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    A Guide for Trustees Reimagining Capacity Building: Navigating Culture, Systems & Power

    Strengthening nonprofit organizations is not just a nice-to-have, but an essential part of foundations’ work to ensure that nonprofits have the resources they need to address today’s most pressing social concerns. Indeed, the vast majority of staffed foundations – 86 percent – do just that – invest in organizational strengthening in areas such as leadership, fundraising, evaluation, communications and technology.
    • November 12, 2021
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    Executive Summary: Reimagining Capacity Building: Navigating Culture, Systems & Power

    With racial equity becoming more and more central to the work of grantmakers, this guide explores how considerations related to racial equity can apply to the full range of grantmakers’ capacity-building efforts – everything from financial management to human resources to leadership development.
    • November 12, 2021
  • GEOList Members Only

    GEOList Summary: Revamping Application Format

    We are interested in revamping our application format and were interested in collecting samples. Does anyone in the GEO community have a blank application they could share as an example?  
    • November 11, 2021
    • Bo Dorsey
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    GEOList Summary: Grant Approval Thresholds

    We are reviewing our executive grant approval thresholds and would like to benchmark with other organizations. Currently our Vice President can approve grants up to $30,000; President $30,001-$250,000 and the board approves all grants beyond $250K. What do executive approval thresholds look like at your organization? Thanks, in advance, for sharing!
    • November 11, 2021
    • Bo Dorsey
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    GEOList Summary: Does your foundation reimburse board directors for mileage?

    Hi everyone,   We are doing a little research to see if other foundations reimburse board directors for mileage to attend board meetings and other site visits, in addition to regular board compensation.
    • November 11, 2021
    • Bo Dorsey
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    GEOList Summary: Question about fiscally sponsored projects

    Hello Everyone! We're trying to understand how funders view fiscally sponsored projects. In particular: Do grantmakers avoid fiscally sponsored projects? If the sponsor of the project doesn't have a really snappy Guidestar listing and/or website, does this impact the grantmaker's perception of the sponsored project? If a sponsored project has been successful and is looking to grow, is it preferrable for them (in the eyes of a funder) to become a separate nonprofit? Any general recommendations for a fiscally sponsored project? Thanks so much for any shared insights!
    • November 11, 2021
    • Bo Dorsey