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Here, you’ll find a roundup what’s new and notable around PEAK Grantmaking, and ways you can tap into a growing array of member-exclusive resources to support your work – from the latest reports and “how-to” tools to interactive online options like web-based training and our CONNECT peer-learning communities—and more.
Lead the way in putting principles into practice

Last fall, we issued a call-to-action to transform the practice of philanthropy into the practice of principled grantmaking, as introduced in our Courage in Practice whitepaper, complete with a collective vision and action plan. Created by and for our members, the Principles for Peak Grantmaking are a values-driven, equity-centered, practice-based roadmap for change. In 2020, we’ll be using the five Principles as a guiding framework for educational content that equips you to inspire and lead equitable change in your practices.

Explore the first two suites of resources to Tie Practices to Values and Narrow the Power Gap. Through case stories, in-depth how-to guides, and our new Principles Communities of Practice, we’ve provided a comprehensive toolkit for Organization Members. Case stories are accessible to Individual Members, along with resources like action planners, webinars, and a roundup of insights from the field. Access them all at

Look out for quarterly releases: More resources, tools, and webinars are coming to advance your work in three more PEAK Principles: Drive Equity; Learn, Share, Evolve; and Steward Responsively. We’ll also be on the road throughout the year with Principles-centered learning opportunities, hosted by our chapters and partners, and delivering insight online through our webinar events series. Visit

Join our new Communities of Practice, focused on the Principles for Peak Grantmaking and dedicated to building practical tools, resources, and knowledge for grants managers striving to achieve equitable, effective grantmaking practice. In addition to CONNECT forums, these communities will provide members with structured learning and sharing opportunities – including webinars, live discussions, resource libraries, and expert Q&A sessions – around some of the most challenging and leading-edge topics of grantmaking practice. To join, contact us at



CONNECT with Peers 

Your place to share ideas, discuss issues, offer advice, and network with other grants management professionals: A daily digest will keep you in the know, and you can easily search past contributions to find what you need when you need it. In addition to the all-member open forum, sign up for chapter forums and interest-based communities for corporate grantmaking, small foundations, career development, and, coming soon, grants management systems and technology-related topics. Questions? Reach out to the team at

Insights: newly expanded, integrated, and searchable

Going live this month:
a new section of that brings together articles and news from PEAK e-newsletters, blog posts, and Journal reporting, all in one place – now easily searchable across a streamlined set of eight topic areas. Visit or select “Insights” from the main menu.
2020 Consumer’s Guide to Grants Management Systems

A comprehensive GMS review: We’ve teamed up with Tech Impact’s Idealware and Grantbook for the fifth edition of our popular GMS guide. For the first time, the guide will include an interactive digital component to make it easier than ever to compare features, systems, and pricing to help foundations choose the best software for their needs. The report reviews dozens of systems against more than 100 requirements criteria developed with the help of consultants, vendors, grants management staff, program officers, and system administrators. Explore the Guide.

GM101 Online: Introduction to Grants Management

Build your career foundation: Understand the grants manager’s role, the grantmaking process, and the philanthropic context in which grantmaking takes place in this self-paced online course. At your own pace, explore effective practices, identify due diligence procedures, understand the legal and regulatory landscape, and learn the components of the grantmaking cycle. Interactive modules test your knowledge and reinforce key concepts. Plus: you’ll gain access to an extensive array of resources, including job aids.

Get social with us 

Over on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook, we’re posting community news, #PEAKlearning at our chapters, and the latest reporting, along with recommended reads and insight from members, partners, experts, and our team. We welcome you to follow us and join the conversation. Find us on Twitter @PEAKgrantmaking.

What’s ahead

2020 Grants Management Salary Report

Assess and evaluate salaries: Using current data on salaries, roles, and areas of responsibility in the grants management profession, this analysis focuses information through a number of lenses, including region and metro area, foundation size and type, and individual levels of responsibility. Grants management pros can use this report to assess their current salary, determine their market value as a professional, make the case for a promotion or raise, and negotiate salary for a new position. Managers can use the report to help evaluate their team against profession benchmarks.

Smart Risk Management for Greater Impact

Self-paced online training: Examine organizational values, policies, and practices through a risk management lens. You’ll also get practice applying concepts through scenario-based activities, preparing you to take action in your own organization. Among other lessons, you’ll learn how to develop a higher tolerance for risk – and understand how low risk tolerance can reinforce bias in the grants management process, ultimately reducing impact – and the ways that a good partnership with your grantees can help you assess and plan for risk, remove barriers for applications, and ensure the best possible outcomes.