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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.

61%

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.

  • GEOList Members Only

    GEOList Summary: Resources and Recommendations on Agile Operating Models

    The Vaccine Delivery team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is exploring what it means to shift to an agile strategy and operating model. We are interested in learning what it means to transform to a team that operates on rapid learning and decision cycles and has the ability to quickly and efficiently revise strategy, structure, processes, and people towards achieving impact while ensuring we remain strong, reliable partners to our grantees and the people around the world to whom we ultimately are in service. Do you know of agile resources, experts, practitioners, or organizations that can help us to be better informed about what agile is (and is not) and help us to understand what is needed to design and implement an agile operating model for our team?

    • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
    • January 2019
  • GEOList Members Only

    GEOList Summary: Strategic Planning Lessons Learned

    We are venturing into a strategic planning process for a 2 and 5 year internal strategic plan, and we have engaged a consultant to support us in this process. I am curious to hear/read any key lessons learned in the process of strategic planning (we should have done that, wish we didn’t do that, oh my I never thought of that – these kinds of things).

    • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
    • December 2018
  • Perspective

    Get on the Balcony

    In September 2018, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations released "Get on the Balcony: How Grantmakers Can Ignite Change." This members only publication explores helpful approaches for jump-starting a change initiative, drawn from the reflections of GEO members.

    • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
    • September 2018
  • Publication Members Only

    Get on the Balcony: How Grantmakers Can Ignite Change

    This publication seeks to offer some helpful approaches for jump-starting a change initiative, drawn from the reflections of GEO members who have been tasked with assessing challenges and cultivating the conditions for a productive change process.

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

    GEOList Summary: Communicating about strategy change

    For those of you who have been through foundation strategy shifts, I am wondering what you have learned about communicating with grantees and non-grantees throughout the process? What worked well, and what did not seem to go so well?

    • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
    • September 2018

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    2/20/19 Change Leaders in Philanthropy Informational Webinar

    Join us to learn more about the Change Leaders in Philanthropy Fellowship, a 10-month peer cohort program for senior leaders who are responsible for developing and shepherding key change efforts in their organizations. We will provide an overview of the program’s structure and goals, as well as an opportunity for you to hear and learn directly from program facilitators and current cohort participants.

    • February 2019
  • Remote Learning and Webinars

    3/14/19 Change Leaders in Philanthropy Informational Webinar

    Join us to learn more about the Change Leaders in Philanthropy Fellowship, a 10-month peer cohort program for senior leaders who are responsible for developing and shepherding key change efforts in their organizations. We will provide an overview of the program’s structure and goals, as well as an opportunity for you to hear and learn directly from program facilitators and current cohort participants.

    • March 2019

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