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


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.

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    GEOList Summary: Grants Committee Charter

    Do you have a Grants Committee?

    • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
    • February 2018
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    GEOList Summary: Grantmaking Overview

    Looking to the network to see if anyone has a one sheeter (or so) explanation of grantmaking they use for the participatory grantmaking processes.

    • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
    • February 2018
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    GEOList Summary: Collaborative Grantmaking Models for Racial Justice

    We’re looking for like models that engage one or both of the following: co-design between funders and community and arts and culture funding focused on racial justice.

    • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
    • February 2018
  • Perspective

    Improving Maternal and Infant Health Through Collaboration and Engagement

    bi3 provided $3.2 million to launch StartStrong, a maternal and infant health initiative. They supported partners throughout, creating and fostering collaboration. They recently published a short paper highlighting their insights from this project.

    • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
    • February 2018
  • Perspective

    Looking Forward and Looking Back: 20 Years of Community

    This year, the GEO community celebrates 20 years of making meaningful progress together. It’s a moment for recognizing the fundamental power of community — a moment for remembering how much grantmakers have achieved, and can achieve, when we work together.

    • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
    • January 2018

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    • April 2020
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    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
  • GEO in the Field Members Only

    Foundation Collaboration: The Good, the Bad and the Potential

    Grantmakers for Effective Organizations will join us to talk through some of the models of collaboration and ideas for best practices. Then, we’ll hear from your peers in the field about their own collaborative work here in North Carolina and beyond.

    • March 2018

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