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Our 25th anniversary is a celebration of community and all that we’ve accomplished to date.
It’s also a call to action to prepare for the work ahead as we embark on PEAK’s next chapter—empowering grants professionals to lead the way in operationalizing equity in philanthropy.
A 25th anniversary highlight: A dynamic CEO panel of PEAK’s Satonya Fair, Kresge Foundation’s Rip Rapson, Ford Foundation’s Darren Walker, and GEO’s Marcus Walton reflects on philanthropy’s evolution and challenges ahead, and discusses how grants professionals can lead the way as change agents for operationalizing equity.
At our 2021 annual meeting, President and CEO Satonya Fair and the Board of Directors announced plans for PEAK’s “next chapter,” guided by a new strategic framework that will define our goals and guide our work in the years ahead
We also articulated what “PEAK” stands for—Principles, Equity, Advocacy, Knowledge—and unveiled evolved branding that keeps PEAK’s visual identity in step with our bold aspirations to transform philanthropy.
PEAK releases 2020 Grants Management Salary Report. First started in 2003 as the Salary Survey, the report shows the evolution and growth of the profession as key to organizational strategy. Key findings explore differences in pay within gender, race, education, sexual orientation, job band, and more.
Just days before attendees were set to arrive in Seattle, the PEAK2020 conference is canceled in March due to the emergence of the novel coronavirus.
Event tote bags are donated to the local food bank. While a record 975 people had registered to attend in person, the event takes place virtually a few months later, with 1,132 attendees. The organization reaches 5,000 total members.
With the 2019 launch of the Principles for Peak Grantmaking, PEAK issues a clarion call for action to transform the practice of philanthropy into the practice of principled grantmaking, helping grants professionals lead the way with a values-driven, equity-centered, practice-based roadmap for change.
The first iteration of the Courage in Practice white paper is presented at the Denver conference.
Later that year, the Principles initiative expands with an online hub and the release of its first of five suites of resources and tools: Tie Practices to Values.
PEAK releases the Grants Management Professional Competency Model, which defines the professional knowledge, skills, and abilities expected of grants management professionals regardless of area of specialization, the size of organization, or role within the field. The competencies provide a comprehensive look at the profession. In just three years, the model is downloaded nearly 2,000 times by members.
The organization reaches the 3,000-member mark, signaling an exponential growth in membership and resources.
GMN holds its first Leadership Summit for Chapter Officers at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, D.C During the meeting, Sara Davis of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and consultant Daniel Weinzveg presented a workshop on the evolution of grants management. Chapter officers discussed strategies for growing chapters and ways to design better learning sessions for members.
GMN reaches 2,000 total members.
GMN publishes the first issue of GMNinsight, themed Brave New World. The quarterly online publication was designed to share key knowledge of grants professionals gained through years of experience in grants management; explore the trends and practices of modern grantmaking; and drive forward thinking and progress that will shape new approaches to delivering mission-critical funding and support services.
Grants Managers Network launches Project Streamline, a field-wide effort led by GMN. The project publishes Drowning in Paperwork, Distracted from Purpose, a study of the burdens of applications and reporting. In 2013, Project Streamline produces the Practices That Matter report.
To support Project Streamline, GMN introduces Dr. Streamline to answer—in a sassy, fun way—questions from members about the project.
GMN publishes Staffing Grants Management. The guide is pivotal for grants managers to help senior staff at foundations understand their work. Many grants management professionals use the guide to advocate for additional staff and title changes.
GMN celebrates its 10th anniversary. The organization is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) public nonprofit.
Congress passes the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, adding new, strict financial reporting and auditing requirements for publicly traded companies in response to several high-profile scandals.
Many foundations also adopt these regulations, putting grants managers at the forefront of compliance.
Following the attacks on the United States on 9/11, President George W. Bush signs Executive Order 13324, designed to prevent the funding of terrorism overseas.
GMN shifts focus to protecting foundations from inadvertently funding terrorism by providing clear guidance on compliance with the Treasury Department and Office of Foreign Asset Control.
Grants Managers Network (GMN) is formed, initially focused in and around the New York region. By 2000, the organization holds three group meetings annually in Washington, D.C., Cleveland, and Los Angeles.
Two grants managers, Ann Gael and Margaret Egan, have lunch in New York at Cafe Un Deux Trois. Their discussion and desire for a comprehensive, organized resource to help grants managers leads to the founding of the Grants Managers Network. The following year, the group holds its first meeting in New York with 11 people attending. Read more…
Two Ways to Contribute
Your story is our story. Be a part of PEAK Grantmaking history by joining our anniversary video series or submitting memories to our growing story archive.
Be a Part of Our
Anniversary Video Series
All you need is a phone or computer! We invite our members and partners to celebrate PEAK by recording a brief “selfie” video. Wish PEAK a happy anniversary, share a favorite memory, reflect on the past 25 years in philanthropy, or tell us about your big dreams for PEAK’s future.
If prompted, enter the code: PEAK
This app allows you to record and upload a video directly to the PEAK team, prompting you along the way for each and every step with helpful tips and examples. Ideal for DIYers!
You’ll want to record your brief video in a well-lit room from your phone with minimal background noise.
Have questions about using this app? Let us know.
Collaborate with our team
Want to record your shout-out on Zoom with the help from our PEAK membership team? They’re ready to help! Schedule a 15-minute session with them today.
Other ways to share
Record your short video in a well-lit room and upload it to social media or add it to a shareable Dropbox folder or other file-sharing platform. Then, share the link via our submission form.
Submit a Memory or Image Telling Our Story
Help us build an archive that is as vibrant as the PEAK community. Share a PEAK memory that makes you smile. Contribute an image or historical document you’ve held onto. Snap a photo of your PEAK swag at your desk, at the beach, wherever you are. Link to a social media post. We’d love to share it all with our community!
We are a community with a shared vision to transform philanthropy and lead equitable grantmaking practices. Our anniversary celebrates how far we've come, as we look forward to PEAK's next chapter.
Where We've Been
Explore the history of PEAK and evolution of grants management.
Grants managers Ann Gael and Margaret Egan discuss the need for a network.
The Grants Managers Network (GMN) is born and expands nationally.
GMN changes its name to PEAK Grantmaking.
PEAK now has more than 6,000 members in its network.