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


Centering Equity through Flexible, Reliable Funding

With this guide, GEO seeks to reassert the value of flexible, reliable funding with an updated analysis and set of examples to illustrate how a commitment to flexible, reliable funding can support the sector to be more equitable and community driven in its practice.
  • May 25, 2022


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    GEOList Summary: Improving Foundation Evaluation Practice

    Dear GEO community, We recently produced a second edition of Evaluation Principles and Practices, A Guide to Evaluation at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. As part of our updated practice guide, we are aiming to improve our evaluation practice by increasing our 1) public sharing of evaluation findings, 2) engagement with grantees, and 3) integration of our foundation’s guiding principle of diversity, equity and inclusion. We include some practical tips to support staff in doing all of these things and are looking for additional practical, specific examples from others of specific tips or tools they have used to effectively promote these evaluation practices.
    • May 20, 2019
    • Bo Dorsey
  • Publication

    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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    Lobbying expenditures

    The Rhode Island Foundation (a community foundation) is updating our website and application materials and would like to clarify the language we provide around organizations’ lobbying activities. We would be very interested in seeing any guidance you provide to your applicants around lobbying expenditures.
    • May 6, 2019
    • Bo Dorsey
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    GEOList Summary: Program Design for Racial Equity Peer Cohorts

    ACT for Alexandria, a community foundation in Alexandria, VA, is developing a capacity building cohort focused on racial equity for nonprofit leaders in our community. We are curious about any of your experiences with similar initiatives.
    • April 1, 2019
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    GEOList Summary: Outcomes Software

    I’d like to know what software or other systems foundations are using to track grantee outcomes and impact.
    • February 13, 2019
    • Austin Frizzell
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    GEOList Summary: Recommendations for Keynote Speaker

    The Scranton Area Community Foundation will be hosting a Learning Conference in the Fall, and we are looking for a keynote speaker. In particular, we are looking for someone to speak on "Becoming a Learning Organization" or similarly related topic.
    • February 12, 2019
  • Related Materials

    Engaging Boards and Trustees in Strategic Learning Toolkit Brief

    The brief introduces the "Engaging Boards and Trustees in Strategic Learning: Toolkit" for board members.
    • February 11, 2019
  • Executive Summary

    Executive Summary: Engaging Boards and Trustees in Strategic Learning

    The Executive Summary introduces the "Engaging Boards and Trustees in Strategic Learning: Toolkit."
    • January 17, 2019
  • Publication

    Engaging Boards and Trustees in Strategic Learning: A Toolkit

    The fields of strategic learning and evaluation have also grown and shifted over the last decade, and new ways of thinking about and evaluating grantmaking and its impacts have emerged. This paper responds to these changes and provides a fresh outlook and set of resources for grantmaker CEOs, evaluation staff, and senior leaders to use to engage their boards and trustees in strategic learning. Our hope is that staff and leaders use any or all of the ten tools we have developed to help board members and trustees understand what strategic learning is (and isn’t), why it is important, and how to better incorporate strategic learning practices into their work.
    • January 17, 2019
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    GEOList Summary: Evaluation of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Capacity Building Initiative in the Arts

    In addition to advancing EDI in our own work and that of our grant partners, we want to share learnings from the Diversity in Theater initiative with the broader theater community and other funders working at the intersection of arts and social justice. Have you taken on a similar learning, evaluation, and field-building initiative at your foundation? If so, would you be willing to share your process and approach with us, including potential pitfalls to avoid and opportunities to explore?
    • October 10, 2018
    • Rylan Kepner