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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

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    GEOList Summary: Does your foundation reimburse board directors for mileage?

    Hi everyone,   We are doing a little research to see if other foundations reimburse board directors for mileage to attend board meetings and other site visits, in addition to regular board compensation.

    • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
    • November 2021
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    Seeing Philanthropy in a New Light

    How might philanthropy change over the next ten years? The new Monitor Institute by Deloitte report outlines four emerging “edges” of philanthropy.

    • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
    • October 2021
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    GEOList Summary: Grantmaking Manual Re-Write Request

    Oak is in the process of several grant-making improvement projects including developing a new grants management system, streamlining the grant-making process, and clarifying due diligence. As these projects are being developed, we would like to bring on a consultant who will help us envision and develop a harmonised and centralised resource that provides comprehensive instructions on how to make a grant. This resource should be simple, organised, easy to find information, and make good use of visuals to aid in understanding the process. Ideally, the consultant would also serve as a thought partner in developing the training of staff to launch the new resource.

    • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
    • September 2021
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    GEOList Summary: Employee Benefits

    Employee Benefits question For those who cover a percentage of the premium for employees who participate in your foundation’s group medical health insurance plan, do you continue to pay any portion of the monthly costs when the employee goes on Medicare?    Further, for employee spouses who participated in the group medical health insurance plan, do you pay any portion of the monthly cost for spouses when they go on Medicare? 

    • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
    • September 2021
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    GEOList Summary: Tuition Reimbursement Policy/Practice

    We are looking to create a tuition reimbursement policy and developing a practice for employees who want to pursue degrees or certificate during their employment. If you have a policy and/or a practice in this space, I would most appreciate anything you might share here about it.

    • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
    • September 2021

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