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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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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: COVID-19 Grantmaking Strategies

    GEO Colleagues, 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 --
    • April 29, 2020
    • Bo Dorsey
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    GEOList Summary: Supporting nonprofit staff during COVID-19

    Good afternoon, 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!
    • April 28, 2020
    • Bo Dorsey
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    GEOList Summary: Written Policies and Procedures

    As we strive to be more efficient we need to create manuals containing this information as well as an employee manual. Is there a template that is available for us to use and tailor for our needs?
    • January 17, 2019
    • Austin Frizzell
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    GEOList Summary: Support grantee cohorts that speak different languages?

    Do you know of any examples or best practices on how to serve grantee cohorts and grantees when they speak different languages? Democracy Fund is part of a state funder collaborative in North Carolina that will support a cohort of local news and information nonprofits through grants, and probably will have at least one organization that has leaders that speak primarily Spanish. We also are hoping to support some convenings, as well as other types of resources such as informal mentorships, readings, etc. We hope to continue to make this funder collaborative’s offerings, as well as other work we do beyond NC, more accessible to organizations that have staff and leaders that speak languages other than English. We started by making this collaborative’s application and guidelines available in Spanish, and provided an interpreter for conversations during the application process, but know that we could do more. Thanks for any thoughts, ideas, feedback or links!
    • July 24, 2018
    • Austin Frizzell
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    GEOList Summary: Staff Professional Development Trainings

    Hello all, We have just completed an amazing year of learning and personal development as a staff (adaptive leadership, racial equity, crucial conversations and facilitation for accountability), and we are ready for more! What trainings have your organizations supported for your staff?? What recommendations would you make for our next year of personal development trainings? All the best, Melanie
    • July 23, 2018
    • Austin Frizzell
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    Conversation Starter: Understanding Incentives

    When certain aspects of the “old” culture seem intractable, even though new expectations have been introduced, the culprit could be that old behaviors are still inadvertently incentivised.
    • July 3, 2018
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    Conversation Starter: Seeing and Understanding Culture

    This conversation starter will explore how foundation leaders have made organizational culture more visible to themselves and others.
    • July 3, 2018
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    Conversation Starter: Translating Values into Practice

    Values gain meaning and immediacy when they have a direct connection to policies, practices and behaviors. This piece discusses the importance of translating values into specific, actionable behaviors that can be experienced and noticed so that the organization’s culture reflects those values.
    • July 3, 2018
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    Conversation Starter: How CEO & Senior Leader Relationships Shape Culture

    The relationship between the CEO and her right hand person (or people) sets the stage for leading change and establishing and maintaining a productive culture.
    • July 3, 2018
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    Conversation Starter: Disrupting Culture

    Making culture more visible often begins the process of changing it. Once staff are made aware of underlying assumptions and behaviors, they are often able to better see inconsistencies or incongruities.
    • July 3, 2018