The Challenge

We’re making a lot of progress as a field — but that progress isn’t always happening as quickly as it should. We aren’t being as effective as we could be, because we aren’t taking the time to include grantees in our decision-making or build the types of relationships that allow for open and honest conversations.

For the first time, most funders ask their grantees for feedback.

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But we know that building open, honest and productive relationships with our grantees takes time and is hard work, but it must be done in order to achieve the most impact within the communities we serve.

Maybe you struggle to develop learning and evaluation approaches that help you learn alongside your grantees, instead of just focusing on accountability. Maybe you find it hard to know how you can help build the capacity of the organizations and communities you support.

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Learn more about our Change Incubator Cohort and Change Incubator Workshop!

And check out these additional resources on what we’ve learned through Change Incubator to help you build effective, open and honest relationships with the nonprofits you support.

Change Incubator Lessons Learned

At last month’s closing retreat for the Change Incubator, participants reflected on their own learning journeys, and we lifted up some common themes across the teams. While we learned a lot about grantee inclusion, we learned perhaps even more about change management and leadership. Here are five key lessons learned from our pilot program, along with examples from our participating foundations.

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What Are Some Whys and Hows of Grantee Inclusion?

Justin Laing—program officer at The Heinz Endowments, a cohort participant of GEO’s Change Incubator—shares grantee inclusion practices co-created with two members of its Transformative Arts Process (TAP) Advisory Board.

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The importance of community engagement

For the first time, most funders ask their grantees for feedback. But we know that building open, honest and productive relationships with our grantees takes time and is hard work, but it must be done in order to achieve the most impact within the communities we serve. Maybe you struggle to develop learning and evaluation […]

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