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Engaging Boards and Trustees in Strategic Learning: A Toolkit

The fields of strategic learning and evaluation have also grown and shifted over the last decade, and new ways of thinking about and evaluating grantmaking and its impacts have emerged. This paper responds to these changes and provides a fresh outlook and set of resources for grantmaker CEOs, evaluation staff, and senior leaders to use to engage their boards and trustees in strategic learning. Our hope is that staff and leaders use any or all of the ten tools we have developed to help board members and trustees understand what strategic learning is (and isn’t), why it is important, and how to better incorporate strategic learning practices into their work.
  • January 17, 2019

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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
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    GEOList Summary: Resources for Rural Early Childcare Success Models

    The H. E. Butt Foundation is researching ways rural areas have successfully implemented early childcare centers. We are interested in research data around different methodologies for implementation.
    • February 11, 2019
    • Austin Frizzell
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    GEOList Summary: Leveraging the power of position

    We are seeking thoughts, favorite resources, and/or policies that colleagues may have for when and how their foundation – in particular, a family foundation, might leverage their power/voice within a community to move the needle on any particular issue. Perhaps on an issue area where philanthropy is silent or having an emerging voice. Some topics can include immigration, gun violence or democracy.
    • February 5, 2019
    • Austin Frizzell
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    GEOList Summary: Distributed authority for grant approvals

    Does anyone have a policy or approach they'd be willing to share re: distributed decision-making authority for grants? (E.g., awards over X amount must be approved by trustees; grants under Y amount can be approved by the program director, etc.)
    • February 5, 2019
    • Austin Frizzell
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    GEOList Summary: Board Member Compensation

    I am wondering if/how foundations have addressed Board member compensation as a matter of equity, diversity and inclusion. Specifically, I’d like to know if anyone has experience implementing a Board compensation policy designed to remove financial and/or cultural barriers that make it difficult or impossible for some (if not many) to consider Board service.
    • January 29, 2019
    • Austin Frizzell
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    GEOList Summary: Foundation Reserves

    Does your foundation have a reserve amount and if yes, how is that determined?
    • January 28, 2019
    • Emily Kepner