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News Topic: Partnerships & Collaboration

What Makes a Bad Grant? It’s Time to Change How We Decide

Since 1925, the Edward W. Hazen Foundation has been committed to supporting young people and communities of color to organize and lead to dismantle structural inequity based on race and class. Consequently, the organization sees building relationships with grantees as central to capacity building. But in order to support grassroots movements and build communities, sector-wide … Continued

In Support of Emergent Learning: Announcing PEAK’s Affinity Groups and Communities of Practice

In the past year, members of the PEAK community have rallied in many ways to support one another. Last summer, as the pandemic wore on and uprisings for racial justice were raging across the country, our members asked us to explore developing race and race equity affinity groups. After almost a year of development, we … Continued

You’ve Created a Diverse Grant Review Board – But Don’t Stop There

Sponsored by Submittable It takes thoughtfulness, time, and hard work to create a review board that reflects the diversity of your applicant pool, shows your commitment to equality, and better ensures that you select the very best grantees for your mission in a fair manner. But the work doesn’t end there. You’re moving along the … Continued

How to Assemble an Inclusive Grant Committee

To Drive Equity in grantmaking, those we serve – and those we aspire to serve – need a seat at the table where decisions are made. An external review committee that’s diverse, inclusive, and influential drives grantmaking decisions that are both more equitable and better informed as to the issues, and the solutions, under consideration. … Continued

Standing with Community: Chapter report from PEAK Minnesota

Throughout my career as a social worker, I have been both a grantee and a grantmaker. Through this lens, and in my role as PEAK’s chapter manager, I am dedicated to helping our members advance equitable and effective grantmaking practices by supporting their efforts to learn, share, and connect with peers. The last three months … Continued

Effective, inclusive meetings for remote teams: Advice roundup

The era of the remote meeting is officially upon us. Though you may have dabbled in the practice previously, you’re now probably neck-deep in meetings with people who only appear from the neck up. So how do you make the most of them? A number of reliable sources have weighed in with answers. Here’s a … Continued

Lead the Conversation for Values-Practice Alignment

In the pursuit of values-practice alignment, you can only go so far on your own. That’s why we’ve put together a How-To Guide for getting the process underway: Lead the Conversation: How to Build Coalitions for Change is our member-exclusive resource for getting colleagues from across your organization involved, onboard, and ready to take steps … Continued

How the Barr Foundation Leads with Values to Narrow the Power Gap

Last week, we released a robust set of resources designed to help grantmakers operationalize the second of our five Principles for Peak Grantmaking: Narrow the Power Gap. Included in these resources are two case stories about grantmakers who are leading the way in narrowing the power gap with their grantees through process improvement, transparency, community engagement, and more.  Today, we highlight the Barr Foundation, whose … Continued