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Principle: Steward Responsively

Continuing the Conversation: The changing face of philanthropy

Four women of color CEOs continue the discussion that started at PEAK2021 on the changing face of philanthropy. Closing PEAK2022, PEAK’s Satonya Fair led a conversation with Susan Taylor Batten, Carmen Rojas, and Sherece West-Scantlebury to discuss their own emergent learning journeys over the past year, share experiences that have equipped them for the challenges … Continued

Connecting on Equity: An honest conversation on what’s standing in the way of progress

As we aim to uplift and operationalize equity in the philanthropic sector, we find hesitation and slow movement toward progress. Our opening PEAK2022 keynote brought together two dynamic leaders, Vu Le and Amoretta Morris, for a candid exchange that explored that reticence and challenged us to push forward with bold and unrestrained resolve to be … Continued

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, 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 their power as … Continued

Putting Project Budgets to Work for Grantees

Throughout the global crises of the past year, the calls to action for foundations to make multi-year, general operating support grants have escalated. Many grantmakers may support such efforts to provide nonprofit organizations with flexibility and maintain the ability to increase their operational capacity so they can stay resilient in the face of disruption. But … Continued

Pro Bono Service: A Tool for Inclusive Grantmaking

During this interactive session, participants will see how pro-bono service can be a viable solution to bridge the skills and resource gaps that exist in the nonprofit sector, particularly among BIPOC leaders and organizations that serve BIPOC communities. With general operating grants rising nationally, the grantmaking community can continue to advance support by proactively offering … Continued

Philanthropy for a Racially Equitable Greater Chicago Initiative

The Philanthropy for a Racially Equitable Greater Chicago Initiative (PREGC) has played a strategic role in advancing racial equity across Cook County by supporting people-of-color-led organizations, individuals, and advocates to strengthen their capacity to promote dialogue, advocate for and serve their communities, and engage the philanthropic community in understanding the importance of these efforts. PREGC … Continued

Philanthropy and COVID-19: Diving into the Data

A year and a half since the global outbreak of COVID-19, the world is still recovering. In 2020, we saw grantmakers react swiftly, not only directing money to organizations on the ground but also making significant changes to their grantmaking practices and priorities to better help nonprofits face the myriad challenges brought on by the … Continued

Participation, Power, and Philanthropy: Co-Creating Equity with Non-Profits and Communities

The desire to have a transformational impact on communities catalyzes and ignites grantmakers in their work. To create the greatest impact, work must be done in tandem with nonprofits and those with lived experience to sufficiently understand the issues and to cocreate a path forward. What does it truly look like to have nonprofits and … Continued

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