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Seven Steps to Better Include People with Disabilities in Your Grantmaking

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every four adults has a disability that impacts their daily lives. This includes, but is not limited to, physical, sensory, cognitive, and mental health disabilities. The biggest obstacle for many such people, myself included as someone who has attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and dyslexia, is … Continued

How Disability Inclusion Makes Your Organization Better for Everyone

In her seminal Stanford Social Innovation Review piece “The Curb-Cut Effect,” PolicyLink founder Angela Glover Blackwell wrote about a fascinating phenomenon where laws and programs designed to benefit those with disabilities and impairments often end up benefiting everyone. Her example was (of course) curb-cuts, that sloped wedge cut in an elevated curb allowing smooth passage between … Continued

Through the Latinx Caucus, Grants Professionals Find Common Bonds Amid Diverse Experiences

PEAK launched nine forums for peer learning and support in spring 2021 in response to members asking for more dedicated spaces to convene around shared identities. Among them is the Latinx Caucus, which met for the first time during PEAK2021 Online. PEAK’s Latinx Caucus provides a safe space to celebrate cultural heritage, shared identities, and … Continued

How ABFE Is Speaking Truth, Cultivating Black Leadership, and Driving Change

Since it was founded in 1971, ABFE has been a vocal advocate for effective and responsive philanthropy in Black communities. In 2020, the organization rose as a leader in the sector amid the upswell of anti-racist activism in this country. “We stepped out with 50 years of experience behind us,” ABFE CEO Susan Taylor Batten … Continued

Take It From the Nonprofits: Even in a crisis, funders are falling short on equity

This article was originally published by the Center for Effective Philanthropy. CEP’s latest research report, Persevering Through Crisis: The State of Nonprofits, provides further evidence of the devastating impact of 2020 on nonprofits—and how the crises of the past year hit some nonprofits much harder than others. While many nonprofits reported that their foundation funders were flexible, … Continued

What Funders Get Right – and Wrong – About Diversity

Award-winning journalist and author Pamela Newkirk observes in her 2019 book Diversity Inc., organizational efforts to improve diversity within their own four walls largely fall flat because they fail to get to the root of the problem: Leaders are not actively changing the behaviors that uphold long-standing barriers to success that face people of color.  … Continued

Getting Comfortable with Talking About Bias

Systemic biases are undermining the positive potential of grantmaking. In a 2019 assessment of the grants management field, PEAK Grantmaking worked with consulting firm Frontline Solutions and found that while 64 percent of grantmakers have equity policies or statements that identify diversity, equity, or inclusion as one of their values, only 34 percent of those … Continued