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PEAK Grantmaking

About Us

Together, we are transforming philanthropy.

PEAK Grantmaking is a vibrant member-led community of philanthropy professionals dedicated to advancing equitable, effective grantmaking practices. Our vision, mission, purpose, and values boldly convey our goals and aspirations for PEAK’s next chapter.

Our Vision

Realizing the full potential of philanthropy to drive equity and opportunity. ​

Our Mission

Transforming philanthropy by elevating the field of grants management and empowering grants management professionals to lead the way in operationalizing equity-centered, values-driven grantmaking practices.


Our Purpose (Theory of Change)

We believe in principled grantmaking practices that align funders and nonprofits as equal partners in advancing their respective missions and strategic objectives. Narrowing the power gap and ensuring that funders live their values through their grantmaking practices will result in positive change for the causes and solutions we seek to collectively advance.

Our Values

To accomplish our mission and realize our vision, PEAK Grantmaking bases its decisions and actions on six core organizational values:

  • Community
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Integrity
  • Learning
  • Partnership
  • Transparency


Our Commitment to Equity

Grants management—the home of philanthropy’s policies and practices—must play a significant role in implementing practices that advance equity in every grantmaking organization.


Our Strategy

A new strategic framework, unveiled in 2021, puts forth a dynamic blueprint for PEAK’s next chapter—identifying four anchors by which to define our goals and guide our work in the years ahead:

  • From Grants Management Professional to Change Agent for Equitable Practices​
  • Emergent Learning Community as Core Philosophy​
  • New Models for Growth​ and Sustainability
  • Strategic Partnerships Extend Reach and Influence


Our Story

PEAK Grantmaking is a member-led organization that began in New York City with two grants managers meeting informally to discuss shared experiences at their foundations. Soon, they engaged other colleagues and, as membership grew, an open and participatory network developed.

Under the name Grants Managers Network (GMN), the organization expanded nationally in 1996, with support from the Rockefeller Family Fund; incorporating in 2006 as a 501(c)(3) public charity. 

In 2017, GMN became PEAK Grantmaking to more boldly and persuasively convey the strategic value of grants management professionals and practices in realizing philanthropy’s full potential to fuel change for good.

In 2021, we celebrated a major milestone—looking back at our first 25 years and leading forward into PEAK’s next chapter.


PEAK Grantmaking believes transparency strengthens public trust, community engagement, and collaboration and strives to live up to these values in its website.

Janet Camarena, Candid