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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    GEOList Summary: Grants to Incentivize Collaboration

    I was wondering if any other foundations offer grants or additional grant dollars on top of a regular grant to incentivize collaboration amongst the nonprofits in your community?
    • October 1, 2016
    • Rumsha Ahmed
  • Member Story

    Member Story: The Missouri Foundation for Health

    Member Story: The Missouri Foundation for Health
    • August 17, 2016
  • Member Story

    Member Story: The Fannie E. Rippel Foundation

    Member Story: The Fannie E. Rippel Foundation
    • June 23, 2016
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    GEOList Summary: Advancing Systems Level Change

    We are looking to other foundations who have funded promising programs and/or partnerships on this issue. Please send us your experiences with these programs/partnerships.
    • May 13, 2016
    • Rumsha Ahmed
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    Systems Grantmaking Resource Guide

    Philanthropy is ever on a quest to increase effectiveness. Over the last few decades, there have been efforts to be more proactive, strategic, outcomes focused, learning oriented and inclusive. Along this journey, grantmakers have increasingly recognized that impact does not happen in isolation. The daunting problems facing society today are deeply embedded in a web of intractable issues, fragmented relationships and unpredictable events.
    • February 17, 2016
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    Building Collaboration From the Inside Out

    Looking inward and ensuring that an organization has the right elements in place to be a good partner and collaborator is necessary even though the tactics of how to collaborate vary depending on who an organization may work with or on the size, type and formality of the effort.
    • October 26, 2015
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    Collaboration Profile: Dallas Women's Foundation

    Participating in the North Texas Asset Funders Network provided an opportunity for the Dallas Women’s Foundation to leverage grant dollars, elevate its profile, expand its reach, advance its mission and strengthen its impact.
    • October 26, 2015
  • Playbook

    How Do We Determine the Right Role to Play in Collaboration?

    Collaborations — groups of grantmakers, nonprofits and other stakeholders aligning around a shared vision and targeting resources and activities in support of that vision — require partners to play various roles to be successful. Once grantmakers make the decision to work together, the next step is to consider what role(s) we play in the collaboration. This piece outlines a variety of roles grantmakers can play in collaboratives and offers tips for identifying the right role(s) for each organization.
    • October 8, 2015
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    Collaboration Profile: Missouri Foundation for Health

    Using facilitation skills and developmental evaluation tools to build a more collaborative relationship with partners in a collective impact initiative.
    • October 4, 2015
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    Collaboration Profile: Greater Houston Community Foundation

    Responding to donor interest in achieving greater impact through collaboration.
    • October 4, 2015