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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

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    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
  • GEOList Members Only

    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
  • GEOList Members Only

    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
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    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
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    GEOList Summary: Insurance Billing Capacity

    We are considering developing a capacity building initiative to support a cohort of our health and social service grantees who have expressed an interest in developing (or expanding upon existing) billing systems for both public and private insurance. Do any of you have any experience with supporting individual grantees or groups of grantees in developing billing capacity, and if so, would you be willing to share your lessons learned as we explore how best to structure this opportunity?
    • July 5, 2017
    • Rumsha Ahmed
  • Member Story

    Smarter Grantmaking in Action: Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

    How listening to the needs of its community inspired a foundation to develop a new capacity building program that supports civic leadership, community collaboration and more equitable outcomes.
    • June 22, 2017
    • Shantaé François
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    GEOList: Rapid Response Capacity Building Examples

    The Packard Foundation is currently considering the development of a rapid response capacity building funding mechanism, recognizing that many of our grantees, especially those working on national advocacy, are experiencing new and immediate capacity building needs in the current moment. We are hoping to learn from other funders who may be implementing or considering something similar – specifically on capacity building for leaders, organizations, and networks (not programmatic rapid response). We are aware of and in contact with the Haas Jr Fund and Ford on their efforts. Thanks in advance for any words of wisdom you can share.
    • May 31, 2017
    • Rumsha Ahmed
  • Member Story

    Smarter Grantmaking in Action: Native Arts and Cultures Foundation

    How empowering community members through capacity building and collaboration strengthens engagement to motivate lasting social change.
    • May 25, 2017
    • Shantaé François