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Shaping the Future Is Up to Us

Stephen Covey, a sage advisor on planning and motivation, said, “You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage—pleasantly, smilingly, nonapologetically—to say ‘no’ to other things. And the way to do that is by having a bigger ‘yes’ burning inside.” The biggest “yes” for me is definitively making equity the work … Continued

How People-First Leadership is Driving Philanthropy New York’s Equity Journey

Philanthropy New York CEO Kathryn O’Neal-Dunham takes a holistic approach to her work and is well-attuned to how relationship dynamics within and between organizations impact outcomes. During her tenure, she has worked to help the organization rethink its processes and values so that they better center people—and, more specifically, racial equity—in all facets of work … Continued

Why Taking a Systems-Level Approach to Grants is Key to Driving Change

When the Episcopal Health Foundation (EHF) funded a study to determine why Black and Hispanic Texans were being infected by, hospitalized for, and dying from COVID-19 at higher rates than white residents, they found that the reasons weren’t strictly medical. Systemic conditions and disparities were driving factors: these populations are more likely to have front-line … Continued

The Trilogy of Philanthropy: A new methodology for giving

This post is sponsored by What if a collective base of philanthropic practices were united to create a methodology for giving? Introducing the Trilogy of Philanthropy. Based on trust, evidence, and collaboration, this process could influence philanthropic giving practices and the way funders and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) work with each other and be a … Continued

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