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Driving Equity: Top PEAK reads of 2020

The PEAK community is laser-focused on racial equity and we are committed to supporting you along every step of that journey. With the 2020 release of a suite of resources around our third Principle for Peak Grantmaking, Drive Equity, PEAK has created a roadmap to build more equitable grantmaking practices and policies – focusing on practical tools to help minimize bias and support decision-making that promotes justice, inclusion, and equity. 

We’ve also published a number of articles contributed by our members, partners, and the team to advance your learning journey – with the following eight emerging as the top-read insights of the past year. They feature powerful testimony from peers about lived experiences, stories of organizational challenges and progress, and out-of-the-box thinking about how we can reimagine grantmaking.

Tip: Explore our Insights library by topic, starting with our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion collection here. Select from seven other topic areas in the red dropdown menu.


So You Want to Be a White Ally: Healing from white supremacy

Caitlin Duffy shared her journey of reckoning “with how white supremacy has dehumanized us and our families,” and her work to move “beyond white-savior charity mindsets and performative allyship, and build a foundation for more authentic, accountable relationships and collective liberation.” READ MORE

The Barr Foundation’s Journey to Become an Antiracist Organization 

In conversation with our President and CEO Satonya Fair, Barr Foundation President Jim Canales discussed the urgency to take action toward racial justice, the values that shape Barr’s response, and how the Foundation is working to understand, implement, and promote needed changes. READ MORE

Assimilation and Authenticity: Being Black+ in Philanthropy

Grants associate Darius Soler spoke from the heart about the loneliness of being Black, gay, and gender non-binary – and lessons we can all use to help co-create an inclusive culture in philanthropy that makes everyone feel better heard, understood, and appreciated. READ MORE

Where are the Latinos in Philanthropy?

Eusebio Díaz shared his experience working in a sector where “few people look like me” and asks: “If your organization is not actively pursuing strategies to add diversity, and working towards realizing equity, is it actively maintaining inequity?”  READ MORE


Demographic Data Collection: A Tool for Change

At the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, the team champions data collection as a simple, powerful tool for pursuing equity and inclusion. Their belief, says Rella Kaplowitz and Jasmine Laroche, is that “ultimately, how and what data we collect sends a message about who counts – and who is made invisible.” READ MORE

The Voice of the African American Male in Philanthropy: A conversation on power, courage, agency, and representation

Our spring 2020 Journal centered around the voices of Black grants management professionals, bringing vivid and urgent perspective to the ongoing conversation around racial equity within philanthropy. With this panel discussion among six sector leaders, we continued to elevate those voices. READ MORE

Drive Equity with Demographic Data

Despite a growing focus on equity in grantmaking, nonprofits led by and serving diverse populations remain chronically underfunded. A major reason: the failure to account for demographics. To make the case for more equitable grantmaking practices, take these practical, concrete steps toward using data. READ MORE

Disrupting Grantmaking: Matchmaking, algorithms, proposal-less programs, and the future of philanthropy

What if we completely reimagined our work, applying models from other sectors to do away with applications, applicant burden, and competitive processes? Get ready for some futurist thinking from Adam Liebling of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. READ MORE