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GEO’s Change Incubator

Posted on July 18, 2016 by Lori Bartczak

GEO’s Change Incubator is designed to help grantmakers strengthen relationships with their grantees in a way that leads to better impact. While GEO’s participating teams are still in the early stages of this work, they have started sharing some of what they are learning and how these lessons can be applied. A critical first insight that has come out of… Read More
Voices from the Field

Leveraging Social Sector Leadership: Opportunities for Family Philanthropy

Posted on September 24, 2015 by Lori Bartczak, Nora Silver

While the connection between strong leadership and effective organizations may seem obvious, navigating the variety of ways grantmakers can support leadership can seem overwhelming. In GEO’s recent publication, Leveraging Social Sector Leadership, the authors present research that lifts up what social sector leaders say they need to be successful and how grantmakers can support those needs. … Read More

On the Money: an Executive Summary

Posted on September 29, 2009 by Nancy Burd

As the nonprofit sector struggles to meet escalating service demands while at the same time addressing the underlying causes of social problems from poverty to crime and violence, many foundation and nonprofit leaders continue to argue for grantmaking strategies that are more responsive to the needs of grantees. Advocates of general operating support and other strategies aimed at easing the… Read More

Due Diligence Tool For Pre-Grant Assessment

Posted on October 27, 2004 by Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln, Kristen Godard, La Piana Associates, Lisa Culick, Natasha Terk

The Due Diligence Tool is the product of a collaborative effort and the contributions and thinking of grantmakers from a diverse set of foundations. The Due Diligence Tool represents a blending of best practices from a variety of foundations from around the country. Our process pulled together the practices and materials of a diverse group — private, family, corporate and community foundations, both large and small — and culled from them the best practices to integrate into a basic guide for due diligence… Read More

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