For more than 25 years, PEAK Grantmaking members have contributed to grants management and philanthropy’s thought leadership. Books,white papers, research reports, and guides are part and parcel of PEAK and its thriving community of grants professionals.
The Journal holds a special place in PEAK’s publishing history. It is a document that has changed significantly over the course of the last decade, and though its medium, content and expression have evolved, it remains a steadfast representation of our members’ ideas and values out into the world.
An Evolving Resource for Philanthropy
The Journal began online in 2012 under the name GMNsight, which took inspiration from panels and discussions between members at the Grants Managers Network (now PEAK) annual conference. Its inaugural issue, “Brave New World,” focused on the unfamiliar technologies, processes and grantmaking developments of the new decade. Early articles such as “Grantmaking in the Cloud” and “Big Data Barges In” reflected the technological changes members were beginning to face in the workplace at the time.
What started as a humble five-article issue evolved into a compendium of 15 issues and 75 articles about grantmaking and the future of philanthropy. The website became PEAK Insight Journal, following the organization’s name change, and soon grew to reflect PEAK’s expanding membership and role within philanthropy. By 2018, the Journal had generated a robust collection of conversations about technology, philanthropy, reporting, national and international issues, and social justice.
In 2019, the PEAK team decided to evolve the Journal as the premier source of content for grants professionals by reimagining its format and composition. The team migrated the website’s content and relaunched the Journal as both a print and digital publication that created new and innovative ways to engage members, provide thought leadership on the most critical challenges facing philanthropy, and highlight how grants professionals are leading the way through evolving practices. “With each issue, we strive to immerse readers through a presentation that is powerful, provocative, and dynamic, visually and graphically,” said PEAK Grantmaking Communications and Marketing Director Betsy Reid.