Can anyone recommend a group that can support virtual conference planning - both program planning and tech support? Or if you know separate groups for each of those functions, that's fine too.
The Farash Foundation seeks a consultant to work with staff on creating an evaluation framework for its new strategic plan. Has anyone worked with an evaluation consultant or firm that they can recommend?
Thanks and be well.
As we continue to provide grant dollars for immediate and critical needs in response to COVID-19 we are beginning to look at “what’s next” for our traditional, competitive grantmaking program.
While I recognize every community will have different needs and circumstances, have many of you been able to develop a comprehensive grant strategy to provide long-term relief to nonprofits impacted by COVID-19? If so, would you be willing to share your framework, application, current thoughts, etc.?
Wishing you and yours good health --
We’ve all been providing emergency grants to our nonprofit partners to ensure continuation of services – but has anyone done anything that is a direct benefit to the front-line nonprofit employees? Aside from hazard pay, has anyone funded or worked with someone providing programming to address and support mental health and the anxiety of coming to work and interacting face-to-face with people during these times? I’m looking for some suggestions, ideas, examples,…
Thanks, and stay health and safe!
The Iowa West Foundation annually conducts a board retreat. We use this event as an opportunity to engage our board in seeing examples of what is working in other communities who are addressing problems we are facing locally. The trips have generated great lessons-learned that have influenced our giving in some very positive ways.
This year we are looking for mid-sized cities that are doing innovative work addressing early childhood education and workforce development. We would appreciate any recommendations you have as we start to put together a plan.
Hi GEO Friends,
Our board members have made some discretionary grants that have led to interesting lessons and outcomes. For example, one joined forces with a city agency to fund a civic project that gained significant public attention and engaged numerous residents. The grant was so successful that the project was extended and later opened the door to other community engagement projects in that location. What started out as a small grant, had an big impact in a short amount of time and has since led to new partnerships. We have other examples like this. Our board members would like to blog about their experiences. We are aware of the dangers of doing this, of course, and our staff will pull together a list of pros and cons for the board to consider. However, we are wondering if any foundations have done anything to amplify their discretionary giving? If so, how did it go? If you think this is a terrible idea based on experience, I’d love to hear about that as well.
I would appreciate your input. Thanks so much.
Dear Colleagues -
The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is a grant making public charity and not a private Foundation. We have a policy to not compete for grants or conduct other fundraising activities that would put us in competition with the vary organizations who may seek funding from us. Our Board has decided to revisit this policy and explore the possibility of conducting its own fundraising activities. Does anyone else have a policy on fundraising or pursuing grants or has explored this within their organizations? And if so, would you be willing to share?
Dear GEO Fellows!
After one year of re-evaluating our approach to grantmaking, we landed on a high touch approach throughout our processes that is built on relationship building, longer term commitments, and a user-friendly process from start to finish. To that end, we want to explore alternative methods to traditional reports. Currently we have built-in a few questions in our portal that enables the grantees to report on outcomes, successes, challenges and allows for some basic narratives. We understand that every foundation captures data differently and a lot of nonprofits end up spending significant time completing reports, so we want to see if there is something better out there.
Question: Has anyone tried a different approach aside from asking for a narrative report or something that is quantitative data intensive? Has anyone experimented with video reports submissions or qualitative narrative based blogs or other storytelling methods? I would greatly appreciate if you share your methods if you are doing it differently.
We are seeking information from any Community Foundations who were the recipient of settlement dollars from a community wide, local or national class action law suit that was settled out of court. How did you set up a fund to distribute the settlement dollars? What criteria did you use to distribute the funds? Did you make part of the settlement dollars permanently restricted for future use? Any other information regarding this type of settlement and/or fund creation to benefit the community would also be helpful.
Thank you in advance
In 2018, the Peery Foundation piloted an offering where we granted up to $35,000 per year (for 1-3 years) to fund mental health services and staff wellbeing programs for grantees providing direct services to youth and families in poverty. While the majority of participants have used the funds to provide individual and group therapy to staff, grantees have also opted to use the funds for the following activities:
• Team Retreats
• Team Bonding Activities
• Psychoeducational workshops for the team
• Training: Sexual harassment, DEI, vicarious trauma, etc
We're launching the second phase of the pilot this year and looking to learn from and collaborate with our peers and colleagues. Are you trying something similar with your grantees? Do you know of a funder or organization who is leading the way on this work? Please share your recommendations, reports and referrals.
We'll be using your responses to inform a field scan as we start an external evaluation of this program. We'd be happy to share more about what we've learned and continue to learn along the way, so please email me directly if you'd like to stay in touch!