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Glasspockets Find: New Guide to Catalyzing Networks for Social Change
October 31, 2011

Networking_guide"Given the scale and complexity of the challenges we face, it is clear that no grantmaker alone has the resources and reach required to address our society' s most pressing and intractable problems. By embracing a new way of thinking and working that is rooted in shared understanding and oriented toward engagement, grantmakers can effectively use the power of networks to make progress on complex problems and grow their own impact as well as that of their grantees. But it’s hard to know where to start."

Source: Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
press release, October 19, 2011

Catalyzing Networks for Social Change: A Funder's Guide is a collaborative effort of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) and Monitor Institute. It explores what it takes for grantmakers to cultivate a network mindset, and offers recommendations for how funders can effectively build the capacity of networks and share what they’re learning with the broader field. The core insights outlined in the guide were developed by the Network of Network Funders, a community of practice for grantmakers pioneering approaches to supporting networks that was formed by Monitor Institute in 2009. The guide builds on multiple streams of GEO's work that have been important drivers to accelerate smarter grantmaking, stronger nonprofits, and better results.

Catalyzing Networks for Social Change is available as a free download from the GEO web site.

-- Mark Foley


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