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Shifting the Evaluation Paradigm: The Equitable Evaluation Framework™

This publication provides an overview of the impetus for the Equitable Evaluation Framework™ (EEF) and attempts to document early moments and first steps of engagement with U.S. philanthropic institutions — most often their research, evaluation and learning staff — whom we refer to as foundation partners throughout this publication. The themes shared in this publication surfaced through conversations with a group of foundation staff who have been part of the Equitable Evaluation Project, now referred to as the Equitable Evaluation Initiative (EEI), since 2017 as advisors, investment partners and/or practice partners.
  • April 30, 2021

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    GEOList Summary: Time Spent in Portfolio

    Hi there - as we plan for next year we are looking at how long we fund the organizations in our portfolio. We don't have any rules about this. A large number of organizations have been in our portfolio for 6 years or more. I am thinking about how to balance long-term commitment with bringing in new partners in a context where I can't increase staff. Would appreciate any examples of how folks manage this. Thanks! Lisa
    • November 11, 2020
    • Bo Dorsey
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    GEOList Summary: Grantmaking at Milestones

    Hello Colleagues, Our Foundation is preparing to celebrate our 50th Anniversary and great work is already underway! I’m reaching out to ask about your experiences with celebratory grantmaking – special programs or projects that you launched, particular grants (any specific sizes, focus, etc.) that were awarded, and/or new priorities that were identified in partnership with a celebratory milestone -- Looking forward to learning from you and your experience! Wishes of health to all!
    • November 11, 2020
    • Bo Dorsey
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    GEOList Summary: Consultant to assist in RFP process for Investment Firm Search

    The Mary Black Foundation will be undergoing a RFP process for Investment Firm this fall. We would like to use a consultant to help us through the process of soliciting and reviewing proposals. Do you have any recommendations for this service? Many thanks for your feedback!
    • August 4, 2020
    • Bo Dorsey
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    GeoList Summary: Venture Philanthropy Collaboratives – do you have examples?

    Dear Colleagues, We are working with a group of foundations in Brazil to find best-in-class examples of what many call venture philanthropy, and we want to use as comparators initiatives that include most or all of the following characteristics: 1) tailored financing which includes BOTH grants AND impact investing through debt, equity, or other forms; and hybrid financial instruments; 2) high engagement of funders; 3) long term approach and stable investment over time of AT LEAST 3-4 years; 4) emphasis on strengthening capacity and partnerships to build self-reliance and resilience; 5) organizational support to develop skills, improve structures and processes, etc.; 6) intention and action on measuring and managing outcomes and impact; reflection and adjustment by funders and recipients together; and ideally 7) sharing learnings with the broader community. If you have good examples to share, whether they succeeded or failed in their aims, we would like to include them as cases. Thank you.
    • July 18, 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: Examples of place-based funders collaborating to build capacity?

    We are a small family foundation funding in Dane County, Wisconsin, interested in collaborating more formally with other Dane County funders to elevate the effectiveness of our nonprofit sector. I am looking for examples of other collaborative efforts, namely place-based funders working together to: identify capacity needs, bring and/or develop learning opportunities for nonprofits, and evaluate capacity gains.
    • February 14, 2019
    • Austin Frizzell
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    GEOList Summary: Resources for Rural Early Childcare Success Models

    The H. E. Butt Foundation is researching ways rural areas have successfully implemented early childcare centers. We are interested in research data around different methodologies for implementation.
    • February 11, 2019
    • Austin Frizzell
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    GEOList Summary: Structuring matching grants

    What requirements do you put on the match? For example, must the funds be from a new donor to qualify, or do you simply look at total contributed income in one year versus the previous year? How do you calculate/verify the amount of qualifying funds raised? For example, do you require final 990s or audited financial statements?
    • September 13, 2018
    • Austin Frizzell
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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: 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