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Organizational Change

Knowing what works and taking steps to change your work for the better is easier said than done. But real change is possible when our organizations foster innovative and supportive environments where smarter grantmaking practices can thrive.


grantmakers are going through some type of change or transformation over the next two years.

These are places where everyone — from the board and CEO to staff at every level — feel empowered to play a role in the process. And change is most possible when we bring nonprofits and community partners in to help shape our work. Organizations committed to creating lasting change find ways to prepare everyone to advocate for and adopt changes to practice.

As we fully and intentionally commit ourselves to change in pursuit of smarter grantmaking, we can push philanthropy forward to give nonprofits what they need to grow stronger and achieve more. . If more of us adopt smarter grantmaking practices successfully, we will see faster progress on the complex challenges facing our communities.

The complex issues we are all trying to tackle require us to look holistically at all the interconnections, the assumptions that are driving our decisions and strategies, and how we as foundations are either helping solve or actually exacerbating the problems.

Jennifer Martin, founder and principal, Community Change Group

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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    A New Guide from Philanthropy's Reflective Practices

    Philanthropy's Reflective Practices released a guide exploring four reflective practices. Read more about their work and download the guide today.

    • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
    • April 2018
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    GEOList Summary: Managing Communications When A Foundation Is Narrowing Its Focus

    How do we invite conversations with the two communities we’ve identified for this shift, without sounding alarms both within those communities (by some who might fear that the Foundation will impose an unwelcome agenda) and outside those communities (by former grantees who will no longer be eligible for funding)?

    • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
    • March 2018
  • Related Materials

    Organizational Culture: Articles and Readings

    This list compiles articles, reports and other readings on each phase of the culture framework.

    • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
    • March 2018
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    Conversation Starter: Understanding Incentives

    When certain aspects of the “old” culture seem intractable, even though new expectations have been introduced, the culprit could be that old behaviors are still inadvertently incentivised.

    • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
    • March 2018
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    Conversation Starter: Seeing and Understanding Culture

    This conversation starter will explore how foundation leaders have made organizational culture more visible to themselves and others.

    • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
    • March 2018

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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

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