To be most effective, grantmakers need to think about those practices that matter most to nonprofits and how their behavior impacts the nonprofits they serve. GEO has been working hard to listen and learn from nonprofits around the country to better understand what grantmakers can do to help them achieve better results.
Intermediaries are mission-driven organizations that aim to more effectively link donors (individuals, foundations, and corporations) with organizations and individuals delivering charitable services.
For a field that likes to think of itself as “society’s risk capital,” we’re remarkably stodgy about examining how our own self-imposed institutional constraints may be blinding us to historic opportunities or making us too slow to act.
As more foundations look to how they can grow and improve their learning practices, our hope is that they will see the benefit of involving all perspectives, both in and outside of their organizations.
Imagine what we can accomplish if we are able to redirect all of the resources currently devoted to capturing data and information in applications and reports toward understanding and acting on what is learned.
If we want grantees to have the courage to approach us with sensitive issues, then we have to create the environment for trust and openness to flourish.