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Get on the Balcony: How Grantmakers Can Ignite Change

This publication seeks to offer some helpful approaches for jump-starting a change initiative, drawn from the reflections of GEO members who have been tasked with assessing challenges and cultivating the conditions for a productive change process.
  • September 20, 2018

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    Using Key Moments to Shape Culture: The Helen Macpherson Smith Trust

    With the retirement of their long-time CEO and a milestone distribution to celebrate, Helen Macpherson Smith Trust took this natural opporutnity to review and transition the trust’s organizational culture, grantmaking strategy, structure and processes.
    • July 3, 2018
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    Creating Culture Together at the GHR Foundation

    As they contemplated a period of significant growth in the foundation’s assets (along with a potential expansion of staff and programs), the staff of GHR Foundation began to explore the kind of organizational culture they all wanted to create together.
    • July 3, 2018
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    GEOList Summary: Contracts with a DEI Lens

    We’re interested in more equitable hiring practices as well as contracting language around ownership of ideas & information generated, reciprocal confidentiality clauses, hiring of subcontractors, and anything else related to the terms of a contract.
    • June 30, 2018
    • Austin Frizzell
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    2018 National Conference Discussion Guide: Funding for Justice and Change

    To achieve our vision for individuals and communities, grantmakers must work to address the historic, emerging, dynamic and collective forces at work to suppress racial, social and economic justice.
    • June 13, 2018
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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: Automating Austerity

    Virginia Eubanks, professor at the University at Albany, SUNY and author of Automating Inequality offered lessons from twenty years of research and reporting on the use of digital tools in public service programs to place the big data revolution in its political and economic context.
    • June 13, 2018
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    2018 National Conference Discussion Guide: Creating Space for Systems Change

    Raj Jayadev of Silicon Valley De-Bug shared how De-Bug has been transforming the criminal justice system using a "participatory defense" approach that empowers families and community members to sway the result of court cases. He suggested ways grantmakers can support systems change work led by nonprofits and communities, and how creating space allows for the innovation that's needed to tackle oppressive systems and institutions.
    • 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: Stories as Catalysts for Widespread Change

    American culture and narratives are rooted in a collective ambivalence about how we formed this country - in both oppression and opportunity; open doors to some, closed to others; welcoming from afar but often discriminatory day-to-day. But traditional messaging campaigns and op-eds aren't generally effective at moving people toward a greater sense of shared fate.
    • June 13, 2018
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    2018 National Conference Discussion Guide: The Implications of Implicit Bias

    Focusing on equity necessitates reflection on ourselves and reckoning with the impact of our actions, regardless of our intentions. Understanding how implicit bias can manifest in behavior is crucial to understanding how our organizations may perpetuate the very inequities we seek to reduce.
    • June 13, 2018