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

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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: Compensation levels for peer reviewers

    As the professional fall gets underway, I write with a question about payment of peer reviewers. We are currently examining our practices, and I am curious if there is an implicit consensus about compensation for reading and evaluating grant applications among funders.
    • September 4, 2018
    • Austin Frizzell
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    GEOList Summary: Recommendations for focus group convenings

    I am interested in any frameworks or tools, best practices or top three tips for doing focus groups well while respecting the community's time.
    • August 31, 2018
    • Austin Frizzell
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    GEOList Summary: Rural Quality Improvement Collaboratives for Maternal Care and Infant Health

    I am exploring the idea of funding quality improvement collaboratives that focus on maternal care and infant health up to one year of age. I’m tossing around some ideas in my head but I would love to learn from others who have done something similar in a rural context. What were some of the lessons learned? How was the funding opportunity structured given some of the constraints in terms of providers, geographic variations and organizations?
    • August 17, 2018
    • Austin Frizzell
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    GEOList Summary: Support grantee cohorts that speak different languages?

    Do you know of any examples or best practices on how to serve grantee cohorts and grantees when they speak different languages? Democracy Fund is part of a state funder collaborative in North Carolina that will support a cohort of local news and information nonprofits through grants, and probably will have at least one organization that has leaders that speak primarily Spanish. We also are hoping to support some convenings, as well as other types of resources such as informal mentorships, readings, etc. We hope to continue to make this funder collaborative’s offerings, as well as other work we do beyond NC, more accessible to organizations that have staff and leaders that speak languages other than English. We started by making this collaborative’s application and guidelines available in Spanish, and provided an interpreter for conversations during the application process, but know that we could do more. Thanks for any thoughts, ideas, feedback or links!
    • July 24, 2018
    • Austin Frizzell
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    2018 National Conference Discussion Guide: The GEO Community at 20

    Over the last 20 years, the GEO community has worked to transform a desire for results into real improvements by creating spaces where grantmakers learn together and use that learning to drive concrete changes in the way grantmaking work gets done. As a field, we've made progress. And, as we continue learning together, our understanding of effective philanthropy evolves.
    • June 13, 2018
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    2018 National Conference Discussion Guide: Inclusive Grantmaking Requires Breaking Norms

    Christina Canales Gorczynski highlighted the Simmons Foundation's work to address the power dynamics inherent in philanthropy and how the foundation identified avenues for communities to drive and direct change.
    • June 13, 2018
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    2018 National Conference Discussion Guide: Centering Philanthropic Change in Community

    Organizations seeking to support authentic change on complex, multi-layered issues often find that listening to and being in relationship with impacted communities is central to the work.
    • June 13, 2018
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    GEOList Summary: Managing Communications When A Foundation Is Narrowing Its Focus

    How do we invite conversations with the two communities we’ve identified for this shift, without sounding alarms both within those communities (by some who might fear that the Foundation will impose an unwelcome agenda) and outside those communities (by former grantees who will no longer be eligible for funding)?
    • March 27, 2018
    • Aerial Reese
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    Smarter Grantmaking in Action: John T. Vucurevich Foundation

    Collaborations for Change is a strategy used by the John T. Vucurevich Foundation as a key to solving issues. JTVF seeks to understand community issues through partnerships with others.
    • March 22, 2018
    • Shantaé François
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    GEOList Summary: When and How to End a Grantee Relationship

    I’d like to hear from funders about formal or informal criteria you have for ending funding for a grantee in cases NOT related to a changing strategy.
    • February 27, 2018
    • Aerial Reese