Community Connections: Engaging Diverse Stakeholders in Your Grantmaking

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What are the spectrum of options available to family foundations and funds seeking to engage diverse perspectives in their work? What are the benefits of doing so and how can you develop a strategy and plan that makes the most sense for your governance and grantmaking approach? And how can families learn together with the organizations and community they support – how can you get out of your offices and boardrooms to share both your successes and mistakes with the outside world. Join this conversation with board and staff representatives from two family foundations that have identified creative ways to connect with their community, along with a leader from Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, who will present findings from GEO’s new study, Learning Together: Actionable Approaches for Grantmakers.

Featured Speakers

Avi Khullar

Avi Khullar serves as a Senior Program Manager at the Stuart Foundation. Stuart Foundation is committed…

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Cindy Doyle

Cindy Doyle is a trustee of the Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation and the Tower…

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Heather Peeler

Heather Peeler is vice president of member and partner engagement at Grantmakers for Effective Organizations. She…

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Tracy Sawicki

Tracy A. Sawicki is the Executive Director of The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation, a…

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What others have said...

A helpful reminder of the importance of engaging with grantees, community and government officials.


I work at a very small family foundation that focuses on mental health, and there are few mental health funders in the US, so learning about the Tower Foundation was encouraging. We’ll be looking at their strategic plan and other reports, which will be helpful for us as we’re kind of like a startup.


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