Cracking the Network Code: Impact through Empowerment

Cracking the Network Code: Impact through Empowerment

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 -
9:30am to 11:30am CDT
Dallas, TX
Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Woodlawn A&B, Dallas, Texas
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Co-sponsored with Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO).

As grantmakers and nonprofits look for ways to collaborate more effectively, many are experimenting working with and through networks to achieve greater impact. Since networks are generally loosely controlled, understanding how to effectively support them can be a task in and of itself. Highlighting GEO’s recent publication, Cracking the Network Code, Heather Peeler from Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and local peer grantmakers will help attendees learn how to adopt a “network mindset”. While this requires shifts in attitude and behavior, a network mindset can help grantmakers and nonprofits as they work together to solve systemic challenges. Join us to discuss the network code, a set of principles that foster collective and collaborative action. In this program you will:

  • Hear from thought leaders in philanthropy about the importance of and value gained by embracing the network mindset to make successful collaboration more likely; 
  • Learn about the four principles behind this mindset;
  • Engage with peers who have put these strategies to work in their grantmaking; and
  • Share your own challenges and success stories. 

About the Presenter

Heather Peeler is vice president of member and partner engagement at Grantmakers for Effective Organizations. She leads GEO’s efforts to engage and mobilize members in adopting grantmaking practices that make the biggest impact on nonprofit performance. Heather serves GEO’s “networker in chief,” deepening the organization’s relationships with members, forming new partnerships, and helping members forge connections between peers. In this role, Heather regularly speaks for GEO at events and in the press about what steps grantmakers are taking to improve their effectiveness. Heather holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture and art history from Wellesley College and a master’s of business administration from UCLA Anderson School of Management. She serves on the board of Public Allies, DC, an organization that advances new leadership to strengthen communities, nonprofits and civic participation, and Fair Chance, an organization that builds the capacity of nonprofit organizations that improve the lives of children and youth living in Washington, D.C.'s most underserved communities.

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