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


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 Members Only

    GEOList Summary: Student Philanthropy

    We’re seeking ideas from other funders on creative ways to involve this demographic – how has your community engaged young people?
    • March 12, 2018
    • Aerial Reese
  • GEOList Members Only

    GEOList Summary: Community Advisory Roles in Board Governance

    I’m writing to glean your experiences related to inviting community participation into Foundation governance.
    • February 26, 2018
    • Aerial Reese
  • GEOList Members Only

    GEOList Summary: Grants Committee Charter

    Do you have a Grants Committee?
    • February 20, 2018
    • Aerial Reese
  • GEOList Members Only

    GEOList Summary: Grantmaking Overview

    Looking to the network to see if anyone has a one sheeter (or so) explanation of grantmaking they use for the participatory grantmaking processes.
    • February 20, 2018
    • Aerial Reese
  • GEOList Members Only

    GEOList Summary: Collaborative Grantmaking Models for Racial Justice

    We’re looking for like models that engage one or both of the following: co-design between funders and community and arts and culture funding focused on racial justice.
    • February 14, 2018
    • Aerial Reese
  • Publication

    Is Grantmaking Getting Smarter?

    Through our research over the past 20 years, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations has identified a set of grantmaker practices that help nonprofits achieve better results. Every three years, GEO conducts a study to help us understand how we are doing as a field, including trends over time as well as new areas of inquiry.
    • November 1, 2017
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    GEOList Summary: Common Form - Joint Funding

    We are looking at how to make the grant application process more efficient in our region. We know that a common application form across different funders is a start. We’re interested to learn from people who use a common form what the challenges are and to share the form if possible.
    • October 16, 2017
    • Aerial Reese
  • GEOList Members Only

    GEOList Summary: Network Funding

    Can anyone involved in resourcing networks point to a good model for collaborative network leadership making decisions about how to allocate pooled cash resources among network initiatives?
    • September 28, 2017
    • Aerial Reese
  • Member Story

    Smarter Grantmaking in Action: The Florida Bar Foundation

    By confronting gaps between its mission and its way of doing business, The Florida Bar Foundation is deepening impact in the communities it serves.
    • September 21, 2017
    • Shantaé François
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    GEOList Summary: Best Practices on Organizing a Grantee Convening

    I am interested in learning about best practices on how to organize an effective grantee convening. We work in an international context, and would love to hear how other international grantmakers have planned and organized grantee convenings that are inclusive of diverse cultures.
    • September 11, 2017
    • Rumsha Ahmed