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A Change Management & Deep Equity Primer: The What, Why, How & Nuance

This publication from Movement Tapestries offers insights and guidance for organizations navigating equity-embedded transformations, and the challenges that can come with embarking on such journeys.
  • January 16, 2023
  • Sheryl Petty, Ed.D.

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    GEOList Summary: Advisory Committee Position Description

    Hello GEO Members, I’ve been searching through the GEO Archives to find samples of position descriptions for advisory committee members, but have so far come-up empty handed. So, I want to pose the question to the larger group. At the Iowa West Foundation, we have three, topical advisory committees. These committees are responsible for reviewing grants and making funding recommendations to our trustees. As our grantmaking shifts over time, we know that the role of these committees need to shift as well. We are looking to develop position descriptions in partnership with the committee members in order to help ensure that we’re keeping everyone aligned as we move forward. This brings me to two questions for you all: 1. If you have advisory committees that are made of external members, what are their core areas of responsibility? 2. Do you have position descriptions for these committees that you’d be willing to share? Thank you for any thoughts / samples you can share.
    • February 18, 2021
    • Bo Dorsey
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    GEOList Summary: Question on Use of Site Visits

    The St. David’s Foundation is in the process of re-evaluating when site visits with our grantees are conducted, and the purpose of those visits.  Currently, we conduct site visits for large grant requests, as part of our due diligence process.  We are considering revising this to move site visits to after the award is made (disconnected from due diligence) and to put more of a focus on joint learning.  We are interested to learn from the experiences peer foundations who use site visits to further their work, specifically: What is the overall purpose of the visit? Do the site visits occur before or after the grant is made? What topics are generally covered during the visit?  If you feel your site visit process adds significant value to your work, what components create this value?  What practices should be avoided? Thank you in advance for sharing your practices and ideas.   Kimberly McPherson
    • February 1, 2021
    • Bo Dorsey
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    GEOList Summary: Work-from-home cost reimbursements/stipends

    We’re seeking info about what foundations might be doing with regard to remote work stipends to acknowledge and compensate the costs staff are incurring for working from home. We’re trying to get a sense if there might be something like an “industry standard” developing for such a stipend.   Thanks for your insights, Georganna 
    • February 1, 2021
    • Bo Dorsey
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    GEOList Summary: Promotional Kit for Grantees

    Good afternoon! We would like to encourage grantees to include us in their promotional materials for programs/projects/initiatives that we have funded. I’d like it to be a “kit” with various marketing verbiage and tools (like our logo) that we can send via a link to our grantees after a grant cycle, either hosted on a webpage or other “all-in-one” vehicle to make it very easy for them to pull the language or logo they need, with minimal support from our team. Do any other foundations have a promotional kit like this and ask grantees to include their foundation’s name/logo in their marketing and PR? If so, I’d appreciate knowing how you word this to your grantees, what tools you provide, and how you share those tools with grantees.
    • July 24, 2020
    • Bo Dorsey
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    GEOList Summary: Seeking virtual conferencing consultants/groups

    Hello! Can anyone recommend a group that can support virtual conference planning - both program planning and tech support? Or if you know separate groups for each of those functions, that's fine too. Thanks!
    • June 3, 2020
    • Bo Dorsey
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    GEOList Summary: Excellent Workforce and Early Childhood Examples - Mid-sized Cities

    Hello all, The Iowa West Foundation annually conducts a board retreat. We use this event as an opportunity to engage our board in seeing examples of what is working in other communities who are addressing problems we are facing locally. The trips have generated great lessons-learned that have influenced our giving in some very positive ways. This year we are looking for mid-sized cities that are doing innovative work addressing early childhood education and workforce development. We would appreciate any recommendations you have as we start to put together a plan.
    • March 30, 2020
    • Bo Dorsey
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    GEOList Summary: Application Period

    Hello all, What is the shortest and longest grant-application period for your organizations? Six weeks from date of application to deadline is the shortest application period for us – however I am looking at running one program application for just five weeks. I thought I would ask this universe of colleagues what your application periods look like.
    • December 11, 2019
    • Bo Dorsey
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    GEOList Summary: Question about corporate volunteerism and dollars for doers

    Our company has had a volunteer time off policy for many years, whereby we allow employees to volunteer on work time. Additionally, we have a program where employees can apply for a grant to a nonprofit where they volunteer on their personal time. Volunteer time off – up to one day of paid time off (with leader approval, honor system) Volunteer grant program – minimum 25 hours; $10 per hour up to $500 We are curious about current trends and best practices. If you work for a company that offers either of these programs, please reply to let me know how this program compares to yours. Additionally, if you know of a company that offers either, please let me know the name of the company.
    • December 2, 2019
    • Bo Dorsey
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    GEOList Summary: Transition support for nonprofit staff/board members

    Hello GEO Community, We continue to see an ongoing need for transition support for our grantees at both the staff and board levels. So far, we have been handling as one-off requests but it’s been constant. What are you doing to respond in a fair and equitable manner that meets organizations and boards/staff where they are in the process? How much funding support are you offering and what types of resources or access to coaching have you provided that has worked? We’re looking to create a better process than the one we have now – and want to have some comparison data that allows us to make the case for this type of support as essential for minimizing the disruption that these transitions create for an organization. I appreciate any and all guidance this community can give. With gratitude,
    • November 7, 2019
    • Bo Dorsey
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    GEOList Summary: Executive Directors serving as Board Members?

    Hello GEO Community, We are seeking some sense for how common it is for executive directors to also be board members – in particular at Family Foundations? If anyone would be up for sharing their experience with this and any feedback, that would be super. Thank you!
    • November 7, 2019
    • Bo Dorsey