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

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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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    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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    2018 National Conference Discussion Guide: Using Restorative Justice to Transform Racialized Harm in the U.S.

    Fania Davis highlighted efforts bubbling up across the nation and shared strategies such as truth-telling, healing circles, and reparative justice that will help individuals and institutions in the U.S. interrupt and transform cycles of racialized historical trauma.
    • June 13, 2018
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    GEOList Summary: Racial Equity Funding

    Vancouver Foundation is launching a new youth engagement initiative focused on racial equity (specifically Indigenous, immigrant and refugee young people). We’re in the process of developing our grant applications, reports and criteria. I’m curious about the other funders out there that do racial equity grantmaking and wondering if it would be possible to get more information about your own grant applications, reports and criteria. And if there are any projects that you’ve funded that really stand out to you I’d love to hear about them as well!
    • June 7, 2018
    • Austin Frizzell
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    GEOList Summary: Alternative Funding Models

    Allegany Franciscan Ministries is interested in utilizing various methods other than traditional grant-making to support communities in our place-based initiative, such as social impact funds, micro-grants/loans, loans (directly or through a CDFI), payments to for-profit entities and consultants to deliver a service such as community outreach and marketing or leadership development, and others. I am both looking for resources and example, AND looking for someone who can present to my board of directors on June 19 as part of a panel, describing an alternative practice from the lens of a foundation.
    • May 21, 2018
    • Austin Frizzell
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    General Operating Support: A Guide for Trustees

    There is overwhelming evidence that general operating support grants can have significant impact on nonprofits and communities. This guide provides an introduction for trustees and boards on general operating support grants. Foundation leaders can use this piece as a way to broach this topic and have candid conversations with their boards.
    • April 24, 2018
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    GEO's Resources on Learning and Evaluation

    In your first year of GEO membership, to help you stay informed of the emerging trends and promising practices from the field, we'll point you to GEO's publications, research and peer conversations. Below, find links to tools and resources on learning and evaluation. We hope these are helpful as you explore how GEO can support your work.
    • April 9, 2018
    • Austin Frizzell
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    GEOList Summary: Foundation Equity & Inclusion Statements/ Non-discrimination Policies

    I’m curious if this is a common practice and what funders have learned in the process to draft/implement these types of statements.
    • March 27, 2018
    • Aerial Reese
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    GEOList Summary: Joint Fundraising Models

    We’re looking for insight for how to best uncover what the fundraising landscape looks like for this issue area and how to facilitate the organizations through the early stages of investigating whether and how they might collaborate around fundraising.
    • March 27, 2018
    • Aerial Reese
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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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    Smarter Grantmaking in Action: John T. Vucurevich Foundation

    Collaborations for Change is a strategy used by the John T. Vucurevich Foundation as a key to solving issues. JTVF seeks to understand community issues through partnerships with others.
    • March 22, 2018
    • Shantaé François