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McKnight’s Moves to Drive Equity in Grantmaking

Our communities deserve more than good intentions. And yet, across the philanthropy sector, aspirations are slow to turn into action. At the McKnight Foundation, we recognize PEAK’s leadership in advancing equitable, effective grantmaking practices across philanthropy. The Principles for Peak Grantmaking aim to move philanthropy from conversation to action, toward values-driven, equity-centered, practice-based change. Our … Continued

Four CEOs on How to Lead Philanthropy Forward

As some aspects of our society begin to settle back into their pre-2020 rhythms, the question looms large as to whether philanthropy will do the same. To examine how the sector had to change in response to crisis—and how it must continue to evolve with urgency—PEAK President and CEO Satonya Fair led a discussion with … Continued

CONNECTing on Responsive Grantmaking for Current Events

In our CONNECT online community, PEAK Grantmaking members generously share their approaches to grantmaking, providing a forum for continuous learning among colleagues. In recent CONNECT threads, members weighed in on grantmaking shifts and foundation practices to be responsive to current events. With their permission, we’re sharing some of those insights here.  Between the COVID-19 pandemic, … Continued

Philanthropy and COVID-19 in 2020: Measuring one year of giving

The world has been reeling from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic for more than a year now. Individuals and communities have adopted social distancing and mask-wearing while plexiglas is in abundance. These safety measures have become our new normal. Every element in our society has adjusted, adapted and pivoted in some way, shape or … Continued

Staying the Course: Committing to racial equity through change and disruption

For the latest entry in Borealis Philanthropy’s “Storyletter” interview series, PEAK Grantmaking President and CEO Satonya Fair spoke about how PEAK has navigated the challenges of the past year, lessons learned from our racial equity work, and PEAK’s role in advancing more equitable, collaborative philanthropy. Our thanks to Borealis for allowing us to re-post this interview. … Continued

A pianist, a trio, a trust: What keeps everyone in tune at American Jewish World Service

American Jewish World Service (AJWS), founded in 1985 to end poverty and ensure human rights in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, was built on a commitment to respecting and supporting local solutions, putting more power in the hands of grantees. In conversation with PEAK President and CEO Satonya Fair, AJWS President and CEO … Continued

What is Your 2021 Equity Pledge? How to Operationalize Equity in Philanthropy

With increased focus and funding, philanthropy continues to prioritize the work of racial equity; however, operations teams including IT departments are often left behind. This gap was first identified in 2018 through the results of the State of Philanthropy Tech survey by the Technology Association of Grantmakers (TAG). At the time, 40 percent of responding … Continued

Ensuring the Success of Your Tech Investments: What can foundations borrow from Agile in a post-COVID world?

Sponsored by SmartSimple Software To say that 2020 introduced challenges to the philanthropic sector would be a vast understatement. The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged organizations to demonstrate the ability to pivot, show resilience and agility from all perspectives: people, process, and technology. Few of us saw anything close to the likes of COVID-19 coming, nor did … Continued