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Effectiveness is increasingly becoming a hot topic in the field of philanthropy. Grantmakers often point to effectiveness as one of the key characteristics they look for when assessing the many competing requests they receive or when designing new grantmaking strategies. In March 2008 Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) convened in San Francisco to discuss the latest ways in which grantmakers are contributing to organizational effectiveness. This panel, made up of local grantmakers who have been involved with GEO over the years, provides an overview of the items discussed at the GEO conference that may impact future grantseeking. These include how grantmakers think about and assess organizational effectiveness and ways in which they are working to strengthen the effectiveness of the organizations they support.
Jacob Harold, program officer, Philanthropy, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Anne K. Vally, special initiatives officer, James Irvine Foundation
Linda Wood, senior program officer, Nonprofit Leadership and Governance, Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
Segment 1: Welcome and introductions. Discussion panel: "Please introduce your foundation by providing your giving priorities, your estimated total giving for the current fiscal year, and the bullet point version of how your foundation assesses a potential grantee organization's overall effectiveness." [16:55]
Segment 2: Discussion panel: "What does strategic grantmaking mean as far as your institutions are concerned? How have your grantmaking strategies evolved in recent years?" [12:00]
Segment 3: Discussion panel: "What did you learn anything at the GEO conference that may change the way in which your foundation works with grantees, engages stakeholders, or the way in which you approach your grantmaking?" [8:56]
Segment 4: Discussion panel: "How has your foundation grappled with the tension of setting a strategy and plotting out its milestones, while also ensuring it's a realistic strategy and responsive to community needs?" [15:23]
Segment 5: Discussion panel: "What can you tell us about the capacity building and leadership development program or other GEO leadership sessions you attended as far as lessons learned or best practices that may be helpful for nonprofit representatives?" [9:36]
Segment 6: Discussion panel: "Please tell our audience about the Cultural Data Project and how it will benefit arts and culture organizations and shape the future of grantseeking and benchmarking for the field." [4:46]
Segment 7: Moderated question and answer session [52:02]
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