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


Shifting the Evaluation Paradigm: The Equitable Evaluation Framework™

This publication provides an overview of the impetus for the Equitable Evaluation Framework™ (EEF) and attempts to document early moments and first steps of engagement with U.S. philanthropic institutions — most often their research, evaluation and learning staff — whom we refer to as foundation partners throughout this publication. The themes shared in this publication surfaced through conversations with a group of foundation staff who have been part of the Equitable Evaluation Project, now referred to as the Equitable Evaluation Initiative (EEI), since 2017 as advisors, investment partners and/or practice partners.
  • April 30, 2021


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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: 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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    GEO's Resources on Culture and Change Management

    In your first year of GEO membership, to help you stay informed of the emerging trends and promising practices from the field, I'll point you to GEO's publications, research and peer conversations. Below, find links to tools and resources on collaboration. I hope these are helpful as you explore how GEO can support your work.
    • February 1, 2018
    • Andrea Wieters
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    Leading Change Conference 2017 Discussion Guide: Home Team Meetups

    Leading change requires us to be bold, yet transformation can be intense and exhausting. Linking up with peers can rejuvenate us to do the work, and the Home Teams at the Leading Change Conference 2017 were designed to help you prepare to lead change efforts no matter where you sit in your organization.
    • December 14, 2017
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    Leading Change Conference 2017 Discussion Guide: Finding the Power to Drive Transformational Change

    Hear individual grantmakers in different organizational roles share inspiring stories of how they used their personal agency to advance change within their organizations.
    • December 14, 2017
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    Leading Change Conference 2017 Discussion Guide: Grantmakers’ Role in Supporting Systems Change

    For grantmakers who see themselves as champions of progress and change, the ultimate impact many of us hope to see lies not within programs but within systems.
    • December 14, 2017
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    Making Meaningful Change

    GEO frequently hears that grantmakers, no matter their role, want to make meaningful changes in how they operate in order to make progress on the issues that matter most to them. The most recent GEO member surveys show that nearly two-thirds of members are involved in some kind of change effort, driven by a desire to better serve the nonprofits and the communities they support. Determining exactly how to lead, implement and sustain that change can be tricky. Grantmakers understand that thoughtful and intentional efforts — a process, a plan, a team-oriented approach — are necessary to make real change.
    • November 27, 2017
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    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: Strategic Planning

    We would like to learn how other foundations handled their strategic planning process.
    • October 2, 2017
    • Aerial Reese