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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.

  • Publication

    Reevaluating Practice: Reimagining Philanthropy

    This report is a final offering to philanthropy from the Hazen Foundation and its nonprofit partners. The report includes grantee recommendations for funder partnerships that advance a more effective and sustainable movement for social justice.

    • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
    • April 2024
  • Perspective

    Living Into Shared Ways of Being that Advance Equity

    Share GEO’s ways of being with the broader GEO community to highlight the work GEO is doing to advance equity internally

    • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
    • March 2024
  • GEOList Members Only

    GEOList Summary: Foundations with nonhierarchical or shared leadership structures?

    Posting on behalf of an anonymous GEO member: “I'm interested in learning about and/or connecting with GRANTMAKERS (specifically; not nonprofits) who have gone down the path of a non-hierarchical or shared leadership model of management structure. I would love to hear about and learn from other foundations who are structured this way without a singular President/Executive Director or experimenting with other forms. Can you direct me to anyone who can offer advice or experience? Thank you in advance.”

    • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
    • September 2023
  • GEOList Members Only

    GEOList Summary: Organization Design- Recommended Consultants and Processes

    Dear GEO Community, Our Foundation is currently in the implementation phase of a new strategic plan, which includes re-designing our organization to match our strategy. To assist us in this important phase of our development we are in the process of identifying potential consultants. Ideally, it would be most effective to engage a consultant/consulting firm that provides expertise in a number of areas including structure, process, and culture. Any insight, recommendations, and/or referrals you may be able to provide would be greatly appreciated. Thank you! Curtis

    • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
    • September 2023
  • Perspective

    What makes collaboration effective? And what doesn’t?

    CLIPF is a supportive community where grantmakers can identify best practices and recommendations for creating the organizational conditions that support nonprofit success – in collaboration with like-minded peers. Shari Silberstein offers reflections on why connection and community are important to grantmaking effectiveness.

    • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
    • September 2023

Upcoming Events

  • Peer Learning

    Equity-Embedded Change Management™ Cohort

    The Equity-Embedded Change Management™ Cohort is a new 5-part program for seasoned equity practitioners led by Sheryl Petty, Ed.D., CEO & Founder of Movement Tapestries and supported by GEO.

    • April 2024
  • Remote Learning and Webinars

    Justice Funders Fundamentals Training – Spring 2024

    This training is part of Justice Funders’ new series of trainings that will cover the fundamentals of philanthropic transformation using various movement principles and tools.

    • April 2024
  • GEO in the Field

    GEO Networking Event and Strategic Direction Discussion

    Join Grantmakers for Effective Organizations at an in-person networking event at The Garden Theater in Detroit, Michigan. Come to build relationships and connect with your peers, and to learn more about GEO's new strategic direction. Beverages and light bites will be provided. Monday, April 29th from 4:30pm - 6:30pm at The Garden Theater 3929 Woodward Ave Detroit MI 48201

    • April 2024

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