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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.

  • Perspective

    Rapid Response Grantmaking: Standing with Immigrant and Refugee Neighbors

    Solidarity MN is a coalition of Minnesota foundations inspired to act by the first Executive Order banning travel from several Muslim-majority countries. While the strategic priorities of our philanthropic partners are unique, our core value is shared: standing with immigrant and refugee neighbors at a time of unprecedented fear and uncertainty.

    • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
    • February 2018
  • Related Materials Members Only

    GEO's Resources on Culture and Change Management

    In your first year of GEO membership, to help you stay informed of the emerging trends and promising practices from the field, I'll point you to GEO's publications, research and peer conversations. Below, find links to tools and resources on collaboration. I hope these are helpful as you explore how GEO can support your work.

    • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
    • February 2018
  • Perspective

    Looking Forward and Looking Back: 20 Years of Community

    This year, the GEO community celebrates 20 years of making meaningful progress together. It’s a moment for recognizing the fundamental power of community — a moment for remembering how much grantmakers have achieved, and can achieve, when we work together.

    • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
    • January 2018
  • Perspective

    Thank You for Influencing Our Future Direction

    Thank you for engaging with us throughout 2017 and sharing your wisdom and perspectives. With your help, we were able to develop a strategic direction that will make us a stronger organization and a stronger community -- one that holds true to the values that bind us together. Our next 20 years of meaningful progress start now, and there's much to celebrate!

    • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
    • January 2018
  • Event Materials Members Only

    Leading Change Conference 2017 Discussion Guide: Home Team Meetups

    Leading change requires us to be bold, yet transformation can be intense and exhausting. Linking up with peers can rejuvenate us to do the work, and the Home Teams at the Leading Change Conference 2017 were designed to help you prepare to lead change efforts no matter where you sit in your organization.

    • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
    • December 2017

Upcoming Events

  • 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
  • GEO in the Field

    Leading Change as a Grants Manager

    In this session, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) will share frameworks for thinking about change before two funders share how they are leading change, managing resistance and building relationships in their organizations.

    • March 2018
  • Member Calls Members Only

    Ask Me Anything About GEO's New Strategy

    Join GEO President and CEO, Kathleen Enright, and GEO Board Chair, LaTida Smith, to learn more about our 2018 - 2021 Strategic Direction.

    • February 2018

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