Resources

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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  • Member Story

    Smarter Grantmaking in Action: Social Venture Partners Arizona

    Increasing nonprofit capacity to deliver positive social impact through multiyear, general operating support
    • November 16, 2017
    • Shantaé François
  • 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
  • Event Materials Members Only

    Member Call: How Can We Be In This Together? Highlights and Resources

    Highlights, Key Takeaways and Resources from the October 16, 2017, Member Call: How Can We Be In This Together? A Funder Discussion with Nonprofits.
    • October 30, 2017
  • GEOList Members Only

    GEOList Summary: Meet with Program Officer Event

    I’m working on planning a monthly informal event where grantees or applicants can come into the office, perhaps first thing in the morning for coffee, and ask questions. Not just questions about the Foundation and our work, but also general questions about writing good grant proposals, how to contact a foundation, etc. Does anyone currently do anything like this? Has it worked well? Do you have a particular way of publicizing it or extending invitations?
    • October 16, 2017
    • Aerial Reese
  • GEOList Members Only

    GEOList Summary: Collecting Feedback from Grantees

    Do you collect feedback from every organization that sought funding/partnership, or only those that ended up being approved for funding? What was the rationale for that decision? What method do you use to collect feedback? Surveys? Interviews? An online platform? On the front end, how do you frame up for grantees the opportunity to receive feedback? What expectations do you set about its use, and how do you communicate the ways in which you use it afterward?
    • September 22, 2017
    • Aerial Reese
  • Member Story

    Smarter Grantmaking in Action: GAR Foundation

    How GAR Foundation is narrowing its focus to have a deeper impact in the community.
    • August 24, 2017
    • Shantaé François
  • Member Story

    Smarter Grantmaking in Action: Vancouver Foundation

    How Vancouver Foundation made progress by getting out of the way and supporting nonprofits to do the work.
    • July 20, 2017
    • Shantaé François
  • GEOList Members Only

    GEOList Summary: Peer Review Process for Grantmaking

    I am interested to know which grant makers use a peer review process (either internal or external) to review grants and make programmatic investment decisions. At the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF), we have an internal peer review process that is core to how we review our work and make funding decisions. It is also core to our organizational learning. If your organization uses any sort of peer review process in this context, I would be interested to know that and learn a little about how you structure your process.
    • July 10, 2017
    • Rumsha Ahmed
  • Event Materials Members Only

    The Learning Conference 2017 Discussion Guide: Visualizing Data for Your Audience

    Jon Schwabish’s Short Talk at GEO’s Learning Conference 2017 offered ways to expand how we think about about sharing information by considering the many ways to visualize data and how those visualization efforts help different audiences.
    • July 7, 2017
  • Event Materials Members Only

    The Learning Conference 2017 Discussion Guide: Disrupting a City's Culture Using Evidence-Based Optimism

    As the managing director of Chicago Beyond, a philanthropic venture investing in ideas and programs to amplify impact for Chicago’s youth, Liz Dozier discussed at GEO’s Learning Conference 2017 how Chicago Beyond is bringing community voice into data collection to answer thorny questions and spur the innovation it seeks for the young people of Chicago.
    • July 7, 2017