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Annual Report

Year in Review 2017

The power of our community is undeniable when we look at the confidence we found and the change we accomplished while working together in 2017.
  • August 24, 2018


About 195 results.

  • Related Materials Members Only

    GEO’s Resources on Capacity Building and Leadership Development

    In your first year of GEO membership, to help you stay informed of the emerging trends and promising practices from the field, we'll point you to GEO's publications, research and peer conversations. Below, find some of GEO’s tools and resources on learning and evaluation. We hope these are helpful as you explore how GEO can support your work.
    • August 28, 2018
  • GEOList Members Only

    GEOList Summary: Grantee Evaluation/Data Infrastructure Funding

    Hello GEO Members, The McGregor Fund is interested in hearing from other funders that offer grants (either in addition to programmatic funding, or as stand-alone grants) for grantee evaluation capacity and/or data infrastructure. These grants might support evaluation consultants, or experts in data management or data system acquisition. They might support training to strengthen grantee data collection, evaluation, or performance measurement. In my scan of GEO archives and the web so far, I have found numerous foundations that fund research, or evaluation of the impact of their funding, and some who fund IT infrastructure, but less that are focused on building grantee capacity to better manage and use their data to inform programmatic and strategic decision-making. If you know of any funders that do this, or do something similar yourself, I would love to hear from you, and am curious about how these grant opportunities are assessed by staff, and any reflections on the value of these grants.
    • July 23, 2018
    • Austin Frizzell
  • Event Materials Members Only

    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
  • GEOList Members Only

    GEOList Summary: Alternative Funding Models

    Allegany Franciscan Ministries is interested in utilizing various methods other than traditional grant-making to support communities in our place-based initiative, such as social impact funds, micro-grants/loans, loans (directly or through a CDFI), payments to for-profit entities and consultants to deliver a service such as community outreach and marketing or leadership development, and others. I am both looking for resources and example, AND looking for someone who can present to my board of directors on June 19 as part of a panel, describing an alternative practice from the lens of a foundation.
    • May 21, 2018
    • Austin Frizzell
  • Publication

    Is Grantmaking Getting Smarter?

    Through our research over the past 20 years, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations has identified a set of grantmaker practices that help nonprofits achieve better results. Every three years, GEO conducts a study to help us understand how we are doing as a field, including trends over time as well as new areas of inquiry.
    • November 1, 2017
  • GEOList Members Only

    GEOList Summary: Grants Applications - Targeted Questions for Specific Focus Areas

    We are currently looking to revamp our applications and reports with more targeted questions for our specific focus areas.
    • September 29, 2017
    • Aerial Reese
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    GEOList Summary: Grantee Capacity Building

    We are interested in obtaining names of entities who could partner with us to identify gaps and opportunities to increase the capacity of our sector to work with their communities and serve their audiences.
    • September 29, 2017
    • Aerial Reese
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    GEOList Summary: Referral to Consultants that Help Nonprofits with Business Planning

    I'm looking for consultants who can help a nonprofit association, whom we support, with helping them revamp their business model. The association has a strategic plan, but really needs help with a business plan.
    • September 7, 2017
    • Rumsha Ahmed
  • Member Story

    Smarter Grantmaking in Action: Vancouver Foundation

    How Vancouver Foundation made progress by getting out of the way and supporting nonprofits to do the work.
    • July 20, 2017
    • Shantaé François
  • GEOList Members Only

    GEOList Summary: If and How You Assist Grantees in Identifying Qualified Board Members

    If you have helped grantees to identify and/or recruit board members, please share what you have done and what you have learned. What worked? What didn’t work as you hoped?
    • July 17, 2017
    • Rumsha Ahmed