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PEAK Grantmaking

Principle: Narrow the Power Gap

Acting with Intention When Meeting Needs of the Field in Times of Crisis

The past year provided a unique opportunity for the field, program staff, grants management, and senior leaders to come together like never before. Ascendium Education Group was in the middle of finalizing materials for board review and approval when the organization, as well as most of their grant partners had to quickly pivot to remote … Continued

Holding Ourselves Accountable: Measuring Progress Toward Equitable Grantmaking

Tracking progress of increasing equity in funding gives foundations power over their knowledge, narrative, data, and accountability. How can they better gauge whether they are achieving what they intend while simultaneously expanding funding to communities of color? Does the potential exist to create a tracking system over time that is robust enough to be applied … Continued

Funding Capacity through Data Investments

Organizations on the frontlines are more stretched than ever and need capacity to grow and scale their programs. Can we shift the way we think of investing in our grant partners by truly meeting them where they are and by investing in what they really need? Could we build grant partner capacity through investment in … Continued

From Manager to Coach

Supervision is an important part of any leader’s role, but how many of us have received formal training to be equipped with the skills necessary to be effective in that role? Shifting from the mindset of a manager to that of a coach can be a game-changer in supporting your team to be more productive, … Continued

Exploring Power and Influence in Grants Management

This pre-recorded session is made available as a special preview of the PEAK Grantmaking Journal Spring 2021 Issue, coming out in June. We pulled together a panel of folks who have come to and through grants management with a variety of backgrounds, paths, and destinations in their careers. In celebration of our 25th Anniversary, moderator … Continued

Enhancing Community Engagement with Technology

Is your organization place-based or community-facing, but you’re only speaking to grantee organizations about what the needs are in the community? Do you have ideas about what those you serve would like to see in their communities, but it’s solely based on academic research and not discussions with residents? Are you interested in building direct … Continued

Aligning M&E and Grants Management to Amplify Impact

Grantmakers can’t afford the missed opportunities for learning and improvement caused by inefficient tools, siloed processes, and disconnected systems. As the sector continues to demand more evidence and transparency, these siloes will become more detrimental to how grantmakers support their communities. In order to carry out their missions effectively and meet the changing needs of … Continued

Choose Your Own Adventure: Problem-Solving the Grantmaking Process through Dialogue

Bring your most pressing questions about your grantmaking process: How do you write a compelling request-for-proposal question? How do you recruit diverse evaluators? How do you build relationships to encourage reporting compliance? How do you acknowledge excellence in your grant proposals? Engage in a lively discussion with peers to stimulate creative thinking around grantmaking’s biggest … Continued

Emergence and Evolution: Pivoting Internal Culture Amid Crisis

In a year of massive change and rupture, our organizations’ internal cultures and practices quickly pivoted to adapt. From creating fully virtual workplaces to holding space for processing the most recent acts of anti-Black racism, to accommodating the needs of working families, the internal workings of philanthropy look about as different as its grantmaking. That … Continued

Capacity Building for Nonprofit Sustainability: Learning from Grantees and Best-Practices Literature

Nonprofits and funders agree on the importance of nonprofits’ ability to sustain impactful efforts making a positive difference in community. Unfortunately, there is not a shared understanding of what nonprofit sustainability is, and how nonprofits and funders can each contribute to sustainability, particularly in today’s challenging financial, social, economic, and political context. During this session, … Continued