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What We Care About

Collaboration

No organization has the resources to address the complex issues facing our communities. Working together gives us an opportunity to create real change.

80%

of grantmakers believe it is important to coordinate resources and actions with other funders

Collaboration takes place in many forms (like networks, movements, collective impact) and in many funding possibilities (such as co-funding or pooled funds). But regardless of the specific details, one thing is always true — if we want to go far, we have to go together.

Collaboration requires everyone to be honest, trusting and humble. It means being open about what our strengths are as well as what knowledge and expertise our partners bring to the table. And once we understand what role we should play, solving complex challenges together becomes possible. Funding collaboration successfully and being productive partners requires that we do the hard work to set ourselves up for success. But doing so means we’re able to make faster progress on the issues we care about most.

For us, collaboration is about joining with others to try to move the needle, whether on issues such as improving the social, emotional and physical well-being of our youth or ensuring that more kids graduate and go to college.

Cheryl Walker, board chair of the Deaconess Foundation

Helpful Tools and Resources

Stay informed of the emerging trends and promising practices from the field of philanthropy through GEO’s publications and research.

  • GEOList Members Only

    GEOList Summary: Joint Fundraising Models

    We’re looking for insight for how to best uncover what the fundraising landscape looks like for this issue area and how to facilitate the organizations through the early stages of investigating whether and how they might collaborate around fundraising.

    • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
    • March 2018
  • Member Story

    Smarter Grantmaking in Action: John T. Vucurevich Foundation

    Collaborations for Change is a strategy used by the John T. Vucurevich Foundation as a key to solving issues. JTVF seeks to understand community issues through partnerships with others.

    • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
    • March 2018
  • GEOList Members Only

    GEOList Summary: Student Philanthropy

    We’re seeking ideas from other funders on creative ways to involve this demographic – how has your community engaged young people?

    • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
    • March 2018
  • GEOList Members Only

    GEOList Summary: Community Advisory Roles in Board Governance

    I’m writing to glean your experiences related to inviting community participation into Foundation governance.

    • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
    • February 2018
  • GEOList Members Only

    GEOList Summary: Grants Committee Charter

    Do you have a Grants Committee?

    • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
    • February 2018

Upcoming Events

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    2020 National Conference

    • April 2020
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    Facebook Live: The GEO Community At 20 — Taking Stock and Looking Ahead

    We will be streaming three sessions from the 2018 National Conference on Facebook Live for those of you unable to join us in San Francisco! Mark your calendars to participate virtually, and don’t forget to engage with us on Twitter and Facebook using #2018GEO.

    • April 2018
  • Conferences

    2018 National Conference

    Hosted in partnership with Philanthropy California, the 2018 National Conference will provide participants with the information, connections and experiences to continue improving and pursuing smarter grantmaking practices that positively impact nonprofit effectiveness.

    • April 2018

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