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Reimagining Capacity Building: Navigating Culture, Systems & Power

This publication builds on the principles outlined in Strengthening Nonprofit Capacity and will take a critical look at the ways in which capacity-building practices can be grounded in approaches that acknowledge and center racial equity.
  • October 20, 2021

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    Reimagining Capacity Building: Navigating Culture, Systems & Power

    This publication builds on the principles outlined in Strengthening Nonprofit Capacity and will take a critical look at the ways in which capacity-building practices can be grounded in approaches that acknowledge and center racial equity.
    • October 20, 2021
    • 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.

    • 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.

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    GEOList Summary: Declined Applicant Grants/Planning Grants

    Do you offer either (a) planning grants to applicants before an intensive proposal process, and/or (b) declined applicants grants or honoraria for people/nonprofits who spent time applying to your foundation and then were declined?
    • September 30, 2021
    • Bo Dorsey
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    GEOList Summary: Guiding Questions

    I am interested in more information about the use of guided conversations to augment if not replace select reporting requirements. If you are using site visits or other informal communications to gather application or reporting information - I would greatly appreciate you sharing any specific tools you use or insights you have gained through the process
    • September 30, 2021
    • Bo Dorsey
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    GEOList Summary: Grantmaking Manual Re-Write Request

    Oak is in the process of several grant-making improvement projects including developing a new grants management system, streamlining the grant-making process, and clarifying due diligence. As these projects are being developed, we would like to bring on a consultant who will help us envision and develop a harmonised and centralised resource that provides comprehensive instructions on how to make a grant. This resource should be simple, organised, easy to find information, and make good use of visuals to aid in understanding the process. Ideally, the consultant would also serve as a thought partner in developing the training of staff to launch the new resource.
    • September 30, 2021
    • Bo Dorsey
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    GEOList Summary: Employee Benefits

    Employee Benefits question For those who cover a percentage of the premium for employees who participate in your foundation’s group medical health insurance plan, do you continue to pay any portion of the monthly costs when the employee goes on Medicare?    Further, for employee spouses who participated in the group medical health insurance plan, do you pay any portion of the monthly cost for spouses when they go on Medicare? 
    • September 30, 2021
    • Bo Dorsey
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    GEOList Summary: Tuition Reimbursement Policy/Practice

    We are looking to create a tuition reimbursement policy and developing a practice for employees who want to pursue degrees or certificate during their employment. If you have a policy and/or a practice in this space, I would most appreciate anything you might share here about it.
    • September 30, 2021
    • Bo Dorsey
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    GEOList Summary: Foundation Fellowship Programs

    I’m doing some research into creating a (likely 2-year) post-college fellowship program and was hoping to get some insight from other foundations who manage this type of fellowship. In particular- • How do you manage recruitment? • What do the Fellow’s job description and assignments look like? • What are the ultimate goals of the Fellowship and how do you ensure they’re achieved?
    • September 30, 2021
    • Bo Dorsey
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    GEOList Summary: Seeking grants management system recommendations

    Hello – we’re conducting some research on grants management systems (GMS) and wanted to hear from others if they have a GMS that they might recommend? The system needs to be robust with both internal management and external application infrastructure. System needs to support at minimum: multiple grants rounds within a year with no less than 15 unique applications; deployment of multi-year grants; processing of more than 2500 grant awards within a year; integration with a financial management system and process no less than 3000 payments within a year; management of over 100 internal users and over 900 external users; processing of at least $150mm in a single, year-long grant cycle; and robust reporting functionality. Thank you!
    • September 14, 2021
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    GEOList Summary: Bad Actor Policy Example

    Hi All, Would anyone be willing to share examples of grantmaking policies prohibiting grants to hate groups, organizations under active investigation and/or organizations unreflective of the foundation's values? If the policy was written for a community foundation that would be especially helpful. Thank you,
    • September 1, 2021
    • Bo Dorsey
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    GEOList Summary: Seeking resources for evaluating an ED of a small foundation

    Does anyone have any recommended resources for evaluating an Executive Director of a small foundation?
    • August 30, 2021
    • Bo Dorsey