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A Positive Culture Only Happens with Intentionality

In January, I had the opportunity to join the Minnesota Council on Foundations' Annual Meeting of Members to speak about the connection...

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Foundations Can Get More Done by Giving Nonprofits More Power

For as long as foundations and individuals have given money to charitable causes, the power dynamic has been part of the equation. To many...
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Learning Together with the Hilton Foundation

Have you ever been the one tasked with making the plans for a vacation with a large group of people? If so, you know what it is like to...
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Good Grantmaking and Good Intentions

As grantmakers, we have the best of intentions to collaborate with others, help our grantees become stronger and to learn from our failures...
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Glorious Failures

At GEO's The Learning Conference 2015 last month, attendees heard from five of their peers who shared publicly some of the biggest mistakes...
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For Good Grantmaking, It All Comes Back to Good Governance

If strictly delineating board and staff responsibilities isn't the most important task, what is? I'd suggest it is this: How can we make...
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Culture Can Help Align Values With Actions: Interview with Tom David

In my various roles in foundations and as a consultant, I have observed that while we may devote a lot of energy to discussing and refining...
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Make 2015 About Shaping a Productive Culture

As 2015 gets under way, GEO is focusing on the role that organizational culture plays in just about everything we do. In partnership with...
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Pointed Reflections From a Long-Time Leader in Philanthropy

In her last public act before retirement, Valerie S. Lies, the long-time president and CEO of the Donors Forum in Chicago, took the...
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What's Love Got to Do With It?

Years after David Packard's death, his daughters, who were serving on the David and Lucile Packard Foundation board at the time, were asked...