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Centering Grantees With Reporting Alternatives

This past summer, I revisited a perennial question: What are funders doing with the reports that grantee organizations are required to submit as per their grant agreement? The Center for Effective Philanthropy’s Grantee Perception Report has found that the survey question related to the value of reporting processes was the single lowest-rated question year after … 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

Top PEAK Reads of 2021

As we embark on a new year, we’ve rounded up some of the stories that resonated most with our community in the past year. This list represents a wide spectrum of perspectives from our members, partners, and team members on topics ranging from individual learning journeys to the power of community building and sound advice … 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

CEOs on How the PEAK Community Will Change Grantmaking

PEAK in 2021 has been continuously engaged with some of the most innovative and forward-thinking leaders in the field of philanthropy via our ongoing interview series led by PEAK President and CEO Satonya Fair, a keynote event at PEAK2021 Online, and a spectacular panel discussion in September. The discourse at each event iterated time and … Continued

Four Steps to Build Internal Support for a New Grants Management System

Sponsored by Fluxx We know that Grants Management Systems (GMS) help grantmakers accelerate their impact, improve relationships with grantees, and unlock the power of data for reporting and decision making. We also know that many organizations are stuck in outdated systems—or are manually tracking everything through an ad hoc process using email and spreadsheets—which means … Continued

PEAK’s Top Wellness Recommendations to See You Through the Season

I love this period between Thanksgiving and the first of the year. At its best, it’s a season of especially gracious living, a time to connect with and affirm that which brightens the rest of the year—friends, family, faith, food, whatever have you. However, it’s also a time that can produce anxiety for any number … Continued

Supporting Native Populations With Demographic Data

Statistically, Native populations have historically been misrepresented and underrepresented due to haphazard and inconsistent data collection practices. And when funding decisions hinge on the stories the data tell, urgent community needs go unnoticed. To help grants professionals navigate the often thorny issues of working with this category of information, PEAK recently released Driving Equity With … Continued

Why Do We Bother? The tragedy of foundation reporting requirements

There’s essentially nothing a foundation must do when it comes to asking most nonprofits to provide reports on the grants they’ve received. In fact, there’s no regulation that requires a funder to have a reporting process at all. (Expenditure responsibility grants are a major exception, of course.) Yet nearly all foundations do require reports for virtually all their grantees. It’s … Continued

An Equity Checklist For Your Corporate Scholarship and Grantmaking Efforts

Sponsored by WizeHive The racial reckoning of 2020 layered with the Covid-19 crisis has put new and much-needed emphasis on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace. According to The 2020 Porter Novelli Executive Purpose Study, 76 percent of executives acknowledge the role of business in perpetuating systemic racial inequality and are … Continued