Every three years, GEO conducts a study to help us understand how we are doing as a field, including trends over time as well as new areas of inquiry.
Through our research over the past 20 years, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations has identified a set of grantmaker practices that help nonprofits achieve better results. Every three years, GEO conducts a study to help us understand how we are doing as a field, including trends over time as well as new areas of inquiry.
Trends over time
This study provides longitudinal data on trends in grantmaker
• strengthening relationships,
• flexible, reliable funding,
• capacity building,
• learning and evaluation, and
The following are key findings from the 2017 study, conducted in partnership with Harder+Company Community Research:
• Over the past decade, grantmakers have gotten better at building relationships between grantmakers and nonprofits, but with mixed news about our progress over the past three years.
• Grantmakers held steady on multiyear funding but lapsed in our commitment to general operating support.
• Grantmakers are increasingly funding capacity building, with a focus on leadership and strategy-related capacity, but often overlooking diversity, equity and inclusion.
• Most grantmakers evaluate but continue to use the information primarily for internal purposes. Evaluation is still mainly a one-way street for nonprofits. The flow of information primarily goes from nonprofits to grantmakers, but unfortunately it is still relatively rare for funders to share with nonprofits what we are learning.
• Grantmakers think it is important to collaborate with each other. We also think it is important that nonprofits collaborate, and the funding is starting to follow suit.