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Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) Supporting Movements Conference


With a key focus on growing impact, some nonprofits, funders and other stakeholders are coming together to make positive community change. Recognizing that operating within the confines of a single organization is often insufficient to create widespread, lasting change, these groups are experimenting with networked and movement-oriented approaches to growing impact. By deepening relationships with one another, working across silos and putting a shared vision ahead of their individual agendas, these bright spots in our field have found ways to make more progress on pressing social challenges than they otherwise could alone. Many agree with this concept in theory, yet often grantmakers struggle to understand how to put it into practice. What are the secrets to success for building strong organizations, networks and movements? What changes might grantmakers and nonprofits need to make to collaborate more effectively? What is the grantmaker’s role in supporting movements and movement-oriented efforts?

On November 18 – 19, 2013, in Washington, D.C., Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, through its Scaling What Works initiative, will host a conference to explore the role of movements in driving social change and how grantmakers can support them. The conference will build upon GEO’s recent body of programming on various pathways to growing impact, including catalyzing networks, engaging in strategic co-funding and committing to other joint approaches. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from a range of high-impact, collaborative efforts that put a common mission ahead of individual organizations. Conference sessions will delve into specific contributions grantmakers can make, such as connecting people and groups working in common areas, funding infrastructure that enables collaborations to thrive, supporting policy change and advocacy, and emphasizing long-term learning and impact over short-term judgments.

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November 18, 2013 at 9:00am - November 20, 2013
The Capital Hilton
1001 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
United States
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We joined Funders Together because we believe in the power of philanthropy to play a major role in ending homelessness, and we know we have much to learn from funders across the country.

-Christine Marge, Director of Housing and Financial Stability at United Way of Greater Los Angeles

I am thankful for the local partnerships here in the Pacific Northwest that we’ve been able to create and nurture thanks to the work of Funders Together. Having so many of the right players at the table makes our conversations – and all of our efforts – all the richer and more effective.

-David Wertheimer, Deputy Director at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Very often a lack of jobs and money is not the cause of poverty, but the symptom. The cause may lie deeper in our failure to give our fellow citizens a fair chance to develop their own capacities, in a lack of education and training, in a lack of medical care and housing, in a lack of decent communities in which to live and bring up their children.

-President Lyndon B. Johnson, 1964 State of the Union Address

Funders Together has given me a platform to engage the other funders in my community. Our local funding community has improved greatly to support housing first models and align of resources towards ending homelessness.

-Leslie Strnisha, Vice President at Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland

Our family foundation convenes local funders and key community stakeholders around strategies to end homelessness in Houston. Funders Together members have been invaluable mentors to us in this effort, traveling to our community to share their expertise and examples of best practices from around the nation.

-Nancy Frees Fountain, Managing Director at The Frees Foundation

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