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News Topic: Grantmaking Lifecycle

Two Steps Forward, No Steps Back: Relief funding for the future

Sponsored by Submittable As the pandemic rages on, more and more organizations are acknowledging that this crisis didn’t create disparities, it exacerbated existing inequities. And it raised the stakes. As a social impact and grants management platform with clients across the philanthropic sector, the Submittable team has gotten a unique view of the crisis response. … Continued

How Improving Your Grant Application Experience Can Deepen Your Impact

Sponsored by Blackbaud You may be aware of the recent 100 Forms in 100 Days campaign recently completed by GrantAdvisor and the Technology Association of Grantmakers (TAG). This was a study to improve the grantseeker experience, by examining commonalities across grant applications. To achieve this goal, they asked for 100 grant applications to be submitted … Continued

#FixTheForm. You Don’t Need Permission to Be Revolutionary.

“Grant operations are key to envisioning change, making effective updates, and working toward equity in philanthropy,” said Michael McAfee, President and CEO of Policy Link, during a keynote address at PEAK 2021’s annual conference. And it’s true. PEAK’s 5,000 members hold unique power as leaders in grants operations and, perhaps without realizing it, are in … Continued

Building Trust Starts Before the Grant

In its first six years, WomenStrong International has invested $15 million to nurture learning and lift up a growing community of organizations that center their work on the real-life needs and experiences of women and girls in urban areas around the world. We view trust-based grantmaking as both an equity issue and an essential component … Continued

Collecting Data With an Eye Toward Equity

In June, our PEAK Northeast chapter in collaboration with Philanthropy New York hosted a panel discussion that took a hard look at the inequities embedded in collecting demographic data. For funders, the responsible stewardship of money has meant creative evaluative processes that pose extensive lists of questions to grantees, all in the interest of creating … Continued

Due Diligence in an Increasingly Remote World

Sponsored by NGOsource For funders, the gold standard in due diligence has been doing a site visit—physically going to the grantee’s place of operation to ensure that the way they presented themselves and their work on paper could be supported by in-person reviews and interactions. While site visits offer extraordinary value in building relationships and … Continued

Building a Movement for Courageous Practice Change in Philanthropy

HOLD THE LINE! This rally call is used when a beleaguered force, sure in its moral authority but overwhelmed by opposing forces, is determined not to lose the ground it has gained. When PEAK Grantmaking’s President and CEO Satonya Fair calls for all of us in the philanthropic sector to “hold the line” on practice change … Continued

When Disaster Strikes: Responsive, values-driven grantmaking strategies for emergencies

New Orleans is a coastal city. Situated where the Mississippi River Delta becomes the Gulf of Mexico in Southeast Louisiana, New Orleans is strategically positioned for commerce; however, its location also defines its most existential threat. Due to coastal subsidence, south Louisiana is facing the highest rate of relative sea level rise in the world. … Continued