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January Quarterly Membership Meeting with GEO | Participation, Power and Philanthropy: Putting Nonprofits and Communities in the Driver’s Seat

January 31 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm


Session Overview:

As grantmakers, our desire to have a positive impact on the communities we serve fuels our work. In order to create the greatest impact, we must work side by side with nonprofits and communities to solve problems and determine the most effective path forward. But what does it look like to have nonprofits and communities drive our work? How much participation is required to center our work on what the community tells us it needs? How can we be advocates for this approach to philanthropy? This full day workshop will answer these questions.

Through individual reflection, group activities, peer coaching and discussion, this hands-on workshop will help you assess how nonprofits and communities currently participate in your work. We will discuss the importance of examining participation through diversity, equity and inclusion lenses, and you will leave with tools to help your organization plan for three important “w’s” of participation: when participation is important, who should participate and what participation could look like. We will end our day with dedicated time to reflect on the role you can play in creating opportunities for participation moving forward.

Learning Objectives:

We’ll tackle the essentials of participation, helping you to:

  • Gain an understanding of why participation is a critical component of all of the work that you do
  • Assess how diversity, equity and inclusion might influence participation
  • Use different tools, resources and frameworks to foster greater participation with nonprofits and communities
  • Develop a plan to help your organization with its participation efforts

Don’t miss the opportunity to step away from the day-to-day and spend time thinking about this critical issue.

Who should attend?

  • Foundation executives who support organizational culture and operations
  • Grantmaking staff who support grant programs and programming
  • Program staff who coordinate nonprofit networks, nonprofit learning, nonprofit trainings and support nonprofit peer-learning
  • Evaluation staff who track and monitor progress for the foundation and/or their community
  • Staff at new foundations that are establishing their grant programs and focus areas

Please join us – we think this session has something for everyone!

Our Speaker:

Nichole Hoeflich, Program Manager

Nichole Hoeflich is a program manager at Grantmakers for Effective Organizations. GEO is a diverse community of more than 450 grantmakers working to reshape the way philanthropy operates. The community is committed to advancing smarter grantmaking practices that enable nonprofits to grow stronger and achieve better results. As part of GEO’s program team, Nichole supports content planning and development for GEO conferences, remote learning opportunities, publications and other programming.

Before joining GEO she worked at the Center for American Progress as a Graduate Student Fellow on their K-12 Education Policy team. Prior to this, she taught high school social studies at Ivy Collegiate Academy, an international boarding school in Taichung City, Taiwan, where she also served as the dean of students and the social studies department chair.

Nichole earned her masters of science in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College and her bachelor of arts in history and education from Clarke University.

*Please note that each member is allowed one free registration, and the cost for additional registrants is $25.00


January 31
10:00 am - 2:30 pm
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Wellmark Foundation
1331 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309 United States
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