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Flexible, Reliable Funding

When we provide funding that gives nonprofits space to innovate and the security to know our support is here for the long haul, they worry less about their own survival and focus more on responding to shifts in their environment and lifting up their communities.

81 %

of funders report giving some general operating support grants

Flexible, reliable funding, such as general operating support, multiyear grants and funds that cover indirect costs, gives nonprofits the resources to strengthen their organizations, respond to changes in our communities and make real progress.. When we provide funding that gives nonprofits space to innovate and the security to know our support is here for the long haul, they worry less about their own survival and focus more on responding to shifts in their environment and lifting up their communities.

Often, offering flexible, reliable support comes down to really trusting nonprofits. But solving complex issues is hard work — and nonprofits know what they need to reach their goals and support community members. That’s why GEO’s research shows that grantmakers who are more connected to their grantees are more likely to provide the support that nonprofits need to be successful. Making a real difference on some of the most deep-rooted, systemic problems our communities face requires us to give nonprofits the support they need to grow and become stronger for the long-term.

Time is our most precious commodity. There are only so many workable hours in a week. Multiyear support gives a small agency like ours the ability to focus on our programs and what happens for people.

Dave Coplan, executive director, Human Services Center and director, Mon Valley Providers Council

Helpful Tools and Resources

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

  • Publication Members Only

    General Operating Support: A Guide for Trustees

    There is overwhelming evidence that general operating support grants can have significant impact on nonprofits and communities. This guide provides an introduction for trustees and boards on general operating support grants. Foundation leaders can use this piece as a way to broach this topic and have candid conversations with their boards.

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

    GEOList Summary: Micro-Grant to Individuals or Non-Registered Orgs

    Does anyone have experience in awarding micro-grants (under $1000) to non-registered associations/clubs/organizations or individuals?

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

    GEOList Summary: Question for Community Foundations re: DAFs

    We have some questions around DAFs and community foundations

    • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
    • March 2018
  • Perspective

    Rapid Response Grantmaking: Responding to Concerns About Community Wellbeing

    Post-presidential election, the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund noticed the increasing amount of threats and harm facing marginalized communities. In response, they created a Responsive Grant invitation to provide immediate support to Connecticut communities facing these threats.

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

    GEOList Summary: Foundations Engaged In Mission-Related Investing

    We are interested in learning about the process you went through, how you have adjusted your strategy over time, and the results of your mission-related investing work.

    • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
    • February 2018

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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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    Created by funders for funders, the Full Cost Project explores what it takes for funders to develop new grantmaking practices based on what it really costs to deliver outcomes.

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