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PEAK Grantmaking

Weekly Reads – April 24, 2020

A roundup of timely insight from the grantmaking community and beyond.

“The time of COVID-19 feels like a natural moment of contraction. You may find yourself second-guessing whether now is the time to engage in growth-focused activities. Should you really be pushing a strategic planning process right now? Applying an equity tool to your grants portfolio? Providing capacity-building support to grantee partners? As Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC)-owned small businesses and partners to grantees, we are here to tell you that this work is crucial in the midst of COVID-19.” [more]
—  Melissa DeShields, Linetta Gilbert, Keecha Harris, and Trista Harris, on Frontline Solutions blog

“Many in the disability community have been sharing a combination of validation and frustration that many of the accommodations we have been requesting or demanding from our employers (remote work options, paid sick leave, and other flexible policies designed around our health) have suddenly been enacted after being denied to us for so long.”  [more]
—  Robyn Deutsch, Nicolette Cappiello, and Sara Minkara, on Candid blog

“Restricted grants imply that funders can see more than the nonprofit about the need, the situation on the ground, the best way to respond. The funders who actually think this way are few and far between. More common are the funders who believe what I believe—that those closest to the problem are closest to the solution…”.  [more] 
—  Claire Knowlton, Nonprofit Finance Fund, in Nonprofit Quarterly