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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.

  • Perspective

    Addition by Subtraction: Part Two

    In part two of his blog, Neel Hajra shares examples of how foundations can practice addition through subtraction in their philanthropic organizations.

    • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
    • June 2021
  • Perspective

    Addition by Subtraction: Part One

    In part one of his blog, Neel Hajra reflects on adding through subtraction in our philanthropic practice and questions some of the field's self-imposed limitations.

    • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
    • June 2021
  • Perspective

    Change Leaders in Philanthropy Fellowship: Transformative Leadership in Service of Thriving Communities

    Having real conversations about where we want philanthropy to go is crucial for building a shared vision for what we want to see from our field and beyond.

    • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
    • January 2021
  • Perspective

    Cross-post: How to Discuss Merger Exploration with Grantees

    In the COVID-19 world, funders may increasingly find themselves in discussions with nonprofit partners about merger exploration as a potential way to ensure that mission and organizational needs continue to be met. We are seeing an upswell of interest and are encouraged by the sector’s willingness to provide funding for sustained collaboration efforts.

    • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
    • September 2020
  • Perspective

    Philanthropy’s Racial Funding Gap is an Urgent Crisis

    The demand for racial justice erupting across a nation ravaged by a pandemic disproportionately impacting communities of color is a call to action: the time for grantmakers to invest in Black leaders and Black-led organizations in America is now.

    • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
    • July 2020

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