Grantmaking practices are often the lens through which grantseekers experience grantmakers’ values. Practices that reflect an organization’s aspirations, priorities, and point of view are a foundation for trusting relationships between grantseekers and grantmakers. Grantmaking practices and policies tied to values result in enhanced collaboration, shared learning, and better, more sustainable outcomes.
Board members and senior leaders at grantmaking organizations must make a commitment to their values and provide the space and flexibility for grantmaking staff to lead the way in aligning practices with values.
As the champions of grantmaking practice, grants management staff are well positioned to improve practices by tying them to the organization’s values. Practices bound inextricably to values can lay the foundation for trusting relationships, met expectations, and true partnerships.
PEAK Grantmaking calls on funders to thoughtfully examine how their values are reflected in their practices and ensure consistency between what they say and what they do.