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PEAK Grantmaking

By employing common practices, Principles for Peak Grantmaking, and streamlined approaches, grants management professionals can help direct more of their organizations’ resources to mission-driven activities.

Ways to Implement Better Practices

Principles for Peak Grantmaking

PEAK Grantmaking and our members are making a practice-based call to action to the field of philanthropy to adopt the Principles for Peak Grantmaking in your work and help spread the word about your steps, progress, and results.
Read Courage in Practice—Principles for Peak Grantmaking.
Explore the five Principles below, and learn about the many resources we provide to help you put each Principle into practice.


Tie Practices
to Values

Link grantmaking practices with grantmaker values, integrating them throughout every aspect of grantmaking to walk the talk and propel mission.

Narrow the
Power Gap

Value equally the resources grantmakers and grantseekers bring to their partnerships and use practices and policies to help narrow the power gap.

Drive Equity

Build grantmaking practices and policies that minimize bias and support decisions that promote justice, inclusion, and equity.

Learn, Share,

Contribute to building sector-wide knowledge and seek wisdom from others pursuing change and impact.


Manage all entrusted resources—human, financial, reputation, time—with care to balance stewardship with an agile approach to risk and an appreciation for different and changing circumstances.

Enhance Your Expertise

PEAK Grantmaking offers a wealth of resources for members as they seek to engage, grow, and achieve greater impact.