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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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    GEOList Summary: Strategic Planning

    We would like to learn how other foundations handled their strategic planning process.

    • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
    • October 2017
  • Member Story

    Smarter Grantmaking in Action: The Florida Bar Foundation

    By confronting gaps between its mission and its way of doing business, The Florida Bar Foundation is deepening impact in the communities it serves.

    • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
    • September 2017
  • Member Story

    Smarter Grantmaking in Action: GAR Foundation

    How GAR Foundation is narrowing its focus to have a deeper impact in the community.

    • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
    • August 2017
  • Perspective

    Change Incubator Lessons Learned

    Here are five key lessons learned from our pilot Change Incubator program, along with examples from our participating foundations.

    • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
    • April 2017
  • Perspective

    Focus and Hope

    Now is the opportunity for foundations to gain a clarity that has the potential to spark progress that will serve both philanthropy and the organizations that we support well into the future.

    • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
    • March 2017

Upcoming Events

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    2018 National Conference

    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
  • Conferences

    The Leading Change Conference 2017

    An opportunity for participants to come together to learn what works so they can become stronger advocates for and leaders of change.

    • November 2017

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