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Resource Topic: Grantmaking Lifecycle

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

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

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

The ABCs of a Great Grant Review Process

From establishing clear guidelines to addressing bias to automating the process, there are specific steps everyone can take to design a grant review process that delivers quality results, while also improving the application experience for grantseekers. In this webinar, you’ll– hear strategies for making the application and review process more equitable and diverse; learn about … Continued

How to Reduce Bias in Decision-Making and Grant Awards

Find out how unconscious bias shows up in the process of determining who gets funding, how it keeps grantmakers from fulfilling their promise to drive equity in our communities, and the proactive steps you can take to correct for it – enabling you to Drive Equity as a true partner for the organizations and populations … Continued

How to Reduce Bias in Grantmaking Strategy, Community Outreach, and Applications

A range of pernicious, long-standing biases in the infrastructure of grantmaking have led philanthropy to unwittingly expand upon the very inequities we’re committed to ending. Find out how to combat those effects and help overlooked organizations, and the marginalized communities they work with, get the support that they deserve. This how-to guide delivers step-by-step understand … Continued

COVID-19: How Have Funders Changed Their Approach & What Will Stick?

In April 2020, Exponent Philanthropy and PEAK Grantmaking each fielded a survey to see how our respective communities of funders were responding to the impact of COVID-19 on their communities, grantees, and internal operations and processes. Inspired by our members’ collaboration during these challenging times, PEAK and Exponent partnered to analyze the survey results in … Continued

How to Streamline Your Award and Electronic Payment Processes in Times of Crisis

This guide is designed to help you review your award and payments process and consider changes that will create a more efficient – and less paper- and document-dependent – system for funding in a time of crisis. This information was compiled from the guidance and advice shared by the PEAK Grantmaking community in our online … Continued

It Starts with the Grants Manager: Narrowing the Power Gap

Despite our best intentions, a grantmaking system—even one designed to responsive, clear, and supportive—can fail to support our impact goals if it doesn’t address the power gap faced by grantseekers. This too-common dilemma was recently overcome by the Episcopal Health Foundation. Find out how their grants management team redesigned the grantmaking system, from application to … Continued