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PEAK Grantmaking

Stories from the Field

In the PEAK tradition of peer-sharing and -learning, we asked 15 members of our community to share how they are evolving practices – highlighting ways that the conventional wisdom of “how to make grants” is being upended amidst crisis, upheaval, and uncertainty. Through these stories, four themes emerge: The imperative to share power through trust-based philanthropy approaches; The urgency for philanthropy to raise its voice through (and by supporting) advocacy; A dedication to funding racial and social justice initiatives; and Questioning philanthropy’s characterization of their investments: “What about the other 95 percent?” As you read these reports, consider the possibilities should philanthropy change its notions of risk, trust, and equity. We hope you, too, will be inspired to reimagine grantmaking’s role for the future. Alliance for Justice Surdna Foundation McKnight Foundation Schott Foundation for Public Education The Walter & Elise Haas Fund The California Wellness Foundation Trust-Based Philanthropy Project Mary