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Learning in Philanthropy: A Guidebook

FavoriteWhen grantmakers focus on learning for improvement, we use evaluation and learning to generate information and insights that will help us better understand both how we’re doing in our work and how to improve. A focus on taking action based on what we learn ensures that we are engaged in strategic or applied learning. Our learning should be tied directly to the strategies we are pursuing and the decisions we are making. Learning in Philanthropy: A Guidebook provides a solid basis for thinking and talking about the next steps in our organization’s learning work. The guidebook is designed to serve Read more

Culture Resource Guide

FavoriteAs part of GEO’s work on productive foundation culture, GEO developed a resource guide to assist grantmakers in identifying, discussing and improving organizational culture. This resource guide incorporates GEO’s existing work on foundation culture as well as new resources for grantmakers. This guide will allow grantmakers to quickly access the resources needed to address organizational culture.

General Operating Support: A Guide for Trustees

FavoriteThere is overwhelming evidence that general operating support grants can have significant impact on nonprofits and communities. This guide provides an introduction for trustees and boards on general operating support grants. Foundation leaders can use this piece as a way to broach this topic and have candid conversations with their boards.

Is Grantmaking Getting Smarter?

FavoriteThrough our research over the past 20 years, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations has identified a set of grantmaker practices that help nonprofits achieve better results. Every three years, GEO conducts a study to help us understand how we are doing as a field, including trends over time as well as new areas of inquiry. Our understanding of what it means to be a smarter grantmaker continues to evolve. In each version of the study, we ask new questions. Because a clear link exists between foundation culture and foundation practice, we took a closer look at the behaviors and habits that Read more

Change Incubator Story — What Are Some Whys and Hows of Grantee Inclusion?

FavoriteOne of the goals of this program is for the participants to share their experiences with the broader field. See what grantmakers have learned while developing strategies, particularly as it relates to the principles, practices and benefits of grantmaker-grantee partnerships.

How Can We Prepare for Collaboration?

FavoriteBecause collaboration is hard and messy, many grantmakers and nonprofits are uncertain about the best way to move forward. The first step is to look inward and ensure that the right elements are in place. This piece discusses several steps that grantmakers can take to prepare for any type of collaboration.

Systems Grantmaking Resource Guide

FavoriteThe Systems Grantmaking Resource Guide will help all social change leaders push the envelope further on developing systems change capacities while exploring practical ways to facilitate systems change. It brings together an overview of the systems approach and mindset with a promising set of resources, tools, frameworks, and methods for understanding and influencing systems. Co-created with Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Resource Guide advances the conversation about how philanthropy and the broader social sector can better adopt a systems approach to solving today’s most daunting problems. Explore the interactive website and download the guide