Change Incubator Cohort

The first phase of Change Incubator is an intensive, selective cohort program designed to help grantmakers address complex challenges and accelerate the pace of change within their own organizations.

GEO’s Change Incubator helps grantmakers strengthen relationships with their grantees in a way that leads to better impact, because our research shows that grantmakers who are more connected to their grantees are more likely to provide the support that nonprofits need to be successful. GEO members understand this approach, but there are barriers that prevent us from building productive and authentic relationships with grantees.

Created in partnership with leadership development expert Cambridge Leadership Associates, the Change Incubator cohort program is helping participants:

  1. Gain a deeper understanding of a tough challenge and look at it through a new lens;
  2. Create and experiment with new and fresh ideas;
  3. Build a habit of reflective practice to learn from those experiments what works and what doesn’t;
  4. Through leadership development and building the skills to secure buy-in, bring promising ideas back to their organizations that help transform their relationships with grantees; and
  5. Build a community of peers and identify opportunities for continued learning and support.

Not only has the cohort program supported participants in becoming change agents within their organizations, we expect participants in this program to serve as ambassadors of change across their networks and the field.

Have questions about GEO’s Change Incubator? Contact Emily Wexler, GEO’s senior manager of programs, at 202.355.9545 or at

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