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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

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    GEOList Summary: Rapid Response / Crisis Grantmaking Policy & Guidelines

    We are preparing to draft an internal policy and applicant guidelines to support rapid response (emergency or crisis response) grantmaking. We welcome other samples of internal policies and/or applicant guidelines that support Rapid Response grantmaking.

    • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
    • April 2017
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    GEOAsks: Janée Woods, William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund

    In this GEOAsks, Janée Woods, Director of Organizational Culture at WCGMF, talks about what they considered when designing the program.

    • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
    • April 2017
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    GEOList Summary: Matching In-Kind Donations

    Advice on issuing challenge grant and matching in-kind donations. Practices and policies are appreciated.

    • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
    • March 2017
  • Perspective

    Protecting Progress in the Trump Era

    What will the Trump Administration mean for the nonprofit organizations who serve our communities? What will it mean for the grantmakers who make up the GEO community?

    • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
    • January 2017
  • Member Story

    Member Story: Oregon Arts Commission

    Member Story: Oregon Arts Commission

    • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
    • December 2016

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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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