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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 | 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

Making the Most of Organizational Assessments: Lessons from funders and grantees

How can grantmakers better support the organizational capacity needs of our grantee partners? How can we best utilize the dozens of organizational assessment tools available to foundations and nonprofits in this process? As we all navigate the challenges of a pandemic, the organizational health of nonprofits is more important than ever before. In conducting a landscape … Continued

Designing Agile and Equitable Granting Systems

Sponsored by Submittable. Submittable’s Caitlin Stainken interviewed Lauren Slone, MAP Fund’s director of grants and research, on how MAP Fund has worked to design more agile and equitable systems into its granting process. MAP awards $1 million annually to support innovation and cross-cultural exploration in new works of live performance. With an emphasis on creating … Continued

How COVID-19 Will Forever Change Grantmaking

​Sponsored by SmartSimple. As regions cautiously reopen and rapid response efforts steer towards long-term, equitable recovery, grantmakers are wondering how the lasting changes will reshape the future of giving. How can philanthropic organizations future-proof their operations for resiliency? What skills will be most critical for grantmaking professionals to adapt to new challenges and resulting culture … Continued

Equitable Tech: How Technology and Data Impact Equitable Outcomes

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

When Disaster Strikes: Responsive, values-driven grantmaking strategies for emergencies

Increasingly, climate change is having a serious effect on the occurrence of disasters worldwide. Everywhere that disasters strike, they exacerbate existing social and economic conditions, affecting the most vulnerable for days, weeks, months, and even years to come. The COVID-19 pandemic is no different. The Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF), the community foundation serving the 13-parish region … Continued

A Conversation on Risk, Trust, and Equity in Philanthropy

As part of planning and producing the fall 2020 edition of the PEAK Grantmaking Journal: Reimagining Grantmaking, we convened a roundtable of thought leaders to talk about the concepts of risk, trust, and equity in philanthropy – and how they are evolving in the face of the multiple crises of 2020. As one of the … Continued

From Reviewer to Co-Designer: Collaborating with Applicants to Strengthen Proposals

Traditionally, grantmaking is a closed, sometimes obscure, process that often creates frustration for both grantseekers and foundation staff. Two years ago, the Health Foundation of South Florida completely revamped their grantmaking approach by, among other changes, introducing the concept of “proposal co-design.” This presentation uncovers the proposal co-design approach – what it means from a … Continued

Smart Risk Management for Greater Impact

As many funding organizations begin to re-examine their risk tolerance in light of the pandemic and the global uprising for racial justice, PEAK Grantmaking offers this self-paced online course to help grants managers expand their knowledge about risk, as they implement more flexible and streamlined grantmaking practices. Supported by resources from PEAK Grantmaking and Open … Continued