As 2015 gets under way, GEO is focusing on the role that organizational culture plays in just about everything we do. In partnership with many in our community, and sparked by frustration with the pace of progress in our field, we are looking carefully at what it takes to lead positive change in philanthropy. In conversations with foundation CEOs, trustees and other thought leaders, the role of culture and values inevitably surfaces as a key ingredient (and often a pain point) in efforts to improve performance and bring about productive change.
That makes complete sense. When we look carefully at those grant-makers whose practices are in line with what their grantees need most, we find that they are very intentional about the norms, values, habits and even the language they use — as well as how their own actions shape collective behavior and assumptions.