Understanding that grantmakers are successful only to the extent that their grantees achieve meaningful results, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) promotes philanthropic strategies and practices that contribute to nonprofit success.
GEO, a vibrant community of more than 7,000 grantmakers worldwide, is leading a dynamic and growing movement for smarter grantmaking to transform communities and ensure equitable and impactful outcomes. GEO offers a rich community for its members to learn with each other and a platform of resources and tools for: stronger relationships between grantmakers, nonprofits, and communities; capacity building; learning and evaluation; collaboration; change management; culture; racial equity; and flexible, reliable funding.
GEO seeks a curious, inspirational President and CEO motivated by possibilities and committed to maximizing philanthropic effectiveness to achieve a more just society. With an adaptive and facilitative leadership style, the President will be an effective mobilizer, collaborator, and bridge builder among GEO’s members, staff, and the broader philanthropic and nonprofit sectors.
Committed to implementing a framework of racial equity as core to philanthropic effectiveness,
the President will ensure that the principles of transparent communication, collaboration, and commitment to equity are consistently promoted both externally as well as within the organization.
The new President will take over an organization with an extraordinary record of achievement over the past 22 years. To build upon GEO’s legacy, the President will possess extraordinary vision and entrepreneurial acumen and the ability to manage a complex membership philanthropic support organization that serves as a connector and resource to its members while leading in an ever-evolving movement for systemic change in philanthropy and the broader society. Key to the President’s success will be their ability to dynamically and successfully ensure relevant and actionable programs and services, attract new members and resources, and equip members with additional tools to bring real progress to communities. All of the efforts of the next leader will be driven by a sense of passion, community, respect, humility, equity, and action, as well as a firm belief in the untapped potential of philanthropy.
In 1997, a group of grantmakers committed to strengthening and improving their practice around capacity building came together to learn from one another. Over the years, GEO members have inspired each other by working and learning together to lift up the grantmaking practices that matter most to nonprofits and that truly improve philanthropy.
GEO designs 1) conferences focused on solving of-the-moment challenges, 2) regular opportunities for peer learning (including cohorts, workshops, webinars, and member calls), and 3) publications that highlight best practice and examples from peers. As a result, GEO drives grantmakers’ progress for more effective change.
GEO’s current strategy focuses on 1) engaging grantmakers in high-impact programs that encourage the adoption of smarter grantmaking practices, 2) integrating racial equity into a vision for smarter grantmaking, 3) delivering the call to action for grantmakers to strengthen nonprofits and communities, 4) establishing shared values and stronger member identity within the GEO community to support long-term field change; and 5) building and maintaining the internal excellence necessary to do this work.
Toward this end, GEO engages 1) members who are looking to change their own practices as well as those who can partner with other funders, 2) nonprofits who are leading the direct work and can determine if GEO is on the right track about the grantmaker practices that are most important, and 3) other philanthropy support organizations, consultants, and other partners that share GEO’s goals for the field and can enhance its knowledge.
GEO is based in Washington, DC with a staff of more than 20 and an annual budget over $5 million.
PRESIDENT AND CEO’S RESPONSIBILITIES AND PRIORITIES
IDEAL EXPERIENCE AND CHARACTERISTICS
The President and CEO will:
● Be an unwavering champion advancing the movement for smart and effective philanthropy to transform communities, creating a more equitable and just society;
● Be a knowledgeable and experienced leader with the credibility to engage and inspire a diverse set of constituencies around GEO’s mission, including members, funders, philanthropic and nonprofit peers, and the media; be able to influence change in the field both by lifting up and appreciating exemplars as well as holding grantmakers accountable to better practices;
● Be a leader with demonstrated experience putting racial equity into practice, who listens with understanding and treats everyone with respect with a consultative and inclusive internal and external management style; be a consensus builder able to make tough decisions when necessary;
● Have a high level of emotional intelligence, with the ability to bring people together around a shared vision and common cause;
● Inspire trust through integrity, competence, and follow-through;
● Have a deep understanding of the philanthropic and nonprofit fields with respect to capacity building, evaluation, systems thinking, change management, and organizational learning from an equity perspective; possess a firm understanding of the philanthropic community – its policies, leaders, trends, and funding matters;
● Be nimble and curious, with an openness to learning new things and seeing things in new ways;
● Have proven managerial, problem-solving, and strategic-planning skills as a results-oriented executive in a growth-oriented environment; have the creativity to break free from established structures and try new approaches to solving problems;
● Have demonstrated success as a steward of responsible growth in an organization; believe that anything is possible and be able to get it done;
● Have demonstrated ability as a catalyst for transformative change to balance long-term strategic vision with daily operational responsibilities; have the ability to attract and hold top people to work for the organization and to nurture high-performing teams; have the ability to share responsibility for leadership of the organization and partner with the Board and staff to set goals, track progress, and assess effectiveness of the organization;
● Have the sophistication to build membership services, cultivate, and seize new opportunities for revenue generation; be a leader able to ensure enduring and impactful services and programs; be a talented fundraiser who enjoys the opportunity to secure resources and rises to the occasion;
● Enjoy collaborating with others to develop creative ideas and approaches; possess a sense of optimism, adventure, and humor; effectively bring out the best in others; have demonstrated experience navigating partnerships, building and working in coalitions, and putting mission first, ahead of individual needs/interests; prioritize – listening and learning from partners.
For more information about the organization and its programs, please visit https://www.geofunders.org/.
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations seeks a diverse pool of candidates. Salary will be negotiable commensurate with experience.
Applications, including cover letters and resumes, and nominations should be sent to the attention of Paul Spivey at [email protected]