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Principle: Narrow the Power Gap

Keynote | LaTosha Brown: Engaging and Investing in Community

In her riveting opening keynote for PEAK2021, Black Voters Matter founder LaTosha Brown asked the audience to consider what possibilities would exist if racism was eliminated, urging everyone to claim and use their power and influence to build a movement for equitable practice within the organizations we serve. In order to make this happen, funders … Continued

Keynote | A 100-Year Vision for Philanthropy: An Introduction to the Resonance Framework

Changing philanthropy requires our collective creativity to innovate and adopt new models for governing philanthropic resources to redistribute wealth, democratize power and shift economic control to communities. In this session, Justice Funders brought together a panel of grant operations and philanthropy professionals who spoke about their experiences applying the Resonance Framework for Philanthropic Transformation, a … Continued

Keynote | Michael McAfee and Amanda Navarro: Building Trust with Communities

Being a trustworthy partner is the first step in building strong relationships with grantees. Yet, in the current system, the rules of the game are often rigged against some communities and leaders, particularly those who face the burdens of structural racism. How can we be trusted partners when we know the rules are unfair, yet … Continued

Keynote | Lessons In Facilitating Community Connection While Deepening the Funder-Grantee Relationship

The philanthropic sector’s response to the health and humanitarian crises of 2020 demonstrated that rapid change is not only possible in philanthropy, but absolutely necessary to maximizing impact. In this discussion moderated by Fluxx chief development officer Kerrin Mitchell, panelists explored how philanthropy can apply lessons learned from the events of 2020, the idea of … Continued

Keynote | The Changing Face of Philanthropy

Closing PEAK2021 on a high note, in this session PEAK President and CEO Satonya Fair hosted a panel of foundation leaders, all women of color, to discuss and examine the changing face of philanthropy. Over the course of this inspiring and powerful conversation, these women shared stories about their career journeys, how they are leveraging … Continued

The State of Philanthropy Tech: Understanding the Landscape

As traditional grantmaking practices are being up-ended with the global pandemic and renewed energy around racial, social, and economic justice, what’s taking tech so long to catch up?   In this four-part Philanthropy, Tech & Equity series, PEAK, TAG, GrantAdvisor, and Grantbook investigate how philanthropy can leverage technology to drive equitable grantmaking practices and build a … Continued

Listening to Stakeholders: Focus on Nonprofit User Experience

As traditional grantmaking practices are being up-ended with the global pandemic and renewed energy around racial, social, and economic justice, what’s taking tech so long to catch up?   In this four-part Philanthropy, Tech & Equity series, PEAK, TAG, GrantAdvisor, and Grantbook investigate how philanthropy can leverage technology to drive equitable grantmaking practices and build a … Continued

Driving Collaboration: Bridging the Gap Between Grantmakers and Grantseekers

Sponsored by Salesforce.org. In today’s everchanging world, grantmakers, applicants, and grantees need to collaborate to serve the communities that need resources the most. As many funders are re-evaluating how they operate to adapt to the changing environment, what does that mean for how they partner with grantees? And, what challenges facing grantseekers that could be … Continued

Breaking the Nonprofit Starvation Cycle

Sponsored by WizeHive. With organizations like Charity Navigator using an overhead ratio as a key factor in their ratings, nonprofits are often afraid to invest in technology because donors expect low overhead. This results in nonprofits skimping on vital systems, which fuels donors’ skewed beliefs while stressing staff and potentially leading to poor grant decisions … Continued

Lessons from a Participatory Journey: Fund to Build Grassroots Power

Explore the pathway to a participatory process that enhances equitable practices in grantmaking. Examining the experience of the Fund to Build Grassroots Power (est. 2018), viewers journey through the process of moving from idea to impact when incorporating participation into the grantmaking process. Participatory novices and experts alike will learn to contribute to a greater … Continued