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Weekly Reads—October 15, 2021

Enjoy PEAK’s weekly roundup of timely insights from the grantmaking community and beyond. “How can funders safeguard impact in an uncertain world? And how can the exercise of risk mitigation support grantee efforts rather than create a burdensome process? Candid Learning teamed up with Open Road Alliance, a longtime advocate of using risk mitigation strategies … Continued

Weekly Reads—October 8, 2021

Enjoy PEAK’s weekly roundup of timely insights from the grantmaking community and beyond. Against the backdrop of the pandemic and calls for racial justice, 12 placed-based funders share what they’ve learned by leaning into more equitable giving practices and working alongside the communities they serve. [more] Debby Bielak, Darren Isom, Marion Michieka, and Bill Breen, … Continued

Weekly Reads—October 1, 2021

Enjoy PEAK’s weekly roundup of timely insights from the grantmaking community and beyond. “When philanthropy gets it wrong, it not only results in diminished funding for those on the frontlines of racial justice, it also dangerously diminishes the perceived scale and impact of movements like the movement for Black lives in public debate, and fuels … Continued

Weekly Reads—September 24, 2021

Enjoy PEAK’s weekly roundup of timely insights from the grantmaking community and beyond. “Many organizations have redoubled their efforts to bring on BIPOC directors, board members, and staff, which is an important step. But if we seek fundamental change, our goal cannot be simply to try to advance BIPOC leaders in organizations and structures that … Continued

Weekly Reads—September 17, 2021

Enjoy PEAK’s weekly roundup of timely insights from the grantmaking community and beyond. “A critical element of embracing better ways of operating is centering disability inclusion to make our organizations safer and better for employees, grantees, and community members. To be sure, the work of disability inclusion is not merely tangential to diversity, equity, and … Continued

Weekly Reads—September 10, 2021

Enjoy PEAK’s weekly roundup of timely insights from the grantmaking community and beyond. “Neither [top-down nor bottom-up] leadership models lends itself to the kind of multi-dimensional approach needed for true collaboration, or the cyclical process of ideation and information sharing that can solve complex social problems. To meet these needs, we recommend a different, third … Continued

Weekly Reads—September 3, 2021

Enjoy PEAK’s weekly roundup of timely insights from the grantmaking community and beyond. “Being a proximate leader is about much more than being exposed to or studying a group’s struggles; it’s about actually being a part of that group or being meaningfully guided by that group’s input, ideas, agendas, and assets. […] Leaders who are … Continued

Weekly Reads—August 27, 2021

Enjoy PEAK’s weekly roundup of timely insights from the grantmaking community and beyond. “The notion of systems change is based on the recognition that the challenges philanthropy addresses are complicated and interdependent. This is something those with experience in the nonprofit sector have been saying for decades. Thoughtful givers open themselves up to learn how … Continued

Weekly Reads—August 20, 2021

Enjoy PEAK’s weekly roundup of timely insights from the grantmaking community and beyond. “[P]hilanthropic leaders, particularly white leaders, need to rethink all aspects of how they do their work, from who is on their staffs and boards to who and how they fund the work of nonprofits to their willingness to abundantly resource people working … Continued

Weekly Reads—August 13, 2021

Enjoy PEAK’s weekly roundup of timely insights from the grantmaking community and beyond. “Systemic change requires patient capital, creativity, and commitment. Philanthropic dollars may be less scarce in western Massachusetts than the Delta. But they are a good deal less plentiful than in Boston or New York City. To act effectively, we’ve had to combine … Continued