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PEAK Grantmaking


PEAK Grantmaking has a long history of working with partners to deliver high-quality research, thought leadership, and educational resources. Through partnerships, we are able to extend our reach and influence, share expertise to help improve grantmaking practice, and highlight the work of partner organizations.

As part of our mission-based work, we actively seek partnerships with individuals who represent diverse backgrounds and organizations that serve diverse constituencies.

As we make decisions about contracting, intellectual property, copyright, authority to enter partnerships, and due diligence, we seek to understand how systemic racism and oppression intersect with each of these and how we might make different decisions that seek to disrupt the power structure.

We partner with other philanthropy-serving organizations, nonprofit associations, and educational institutions in order to:

  • Build our capacity to deliver on our mission
  • Ensure our members have access to the latest in thought leadership and that our members’ voices are raised to the sector
  • Avoid “reinventing the wheel” if content already exists
  • Live our value of collaboration

Partnership Opportunities

Presentation Partners bring PEAK Grantmaking’s expertise to your members. For the cost of travel, we have a number of workshops available for keynote opportunities, conference breakout sessions, and half-day or full-day sessions.
Review the list of currently offered workshops below, each aligned with the five Principles for Peak Grantmaking.

Principles Partners agree to share our Principles for Peak Grantmaking content on their social channels and dedicate space on their channels to amplify their message through cross-posting blog posts, co-writing insight pieces, or authoring their own take on the Principles. We provide a partner marketing packet to make it easy!

Content Development Partners are longer-term partners with whom we work in alignment to develop content of value to both of our member audiences. This content could include workshops, white papers, how-to guides, or webinars.

Research Partners are long-term partners that assist in collecting and sharing information about the state of grantmaking practice in the field.

For more information about partnering with PEAK Grantmaking, reach out to our team.

Partner Workshop Offerings

Courage in Practice: Strategies for Implementing Values-Aligned Practices

Building on the content in our popular “Walk the Talk” workshop, this new program helps participants with practical tips for aligning their grantmaking practice with their organization’s values. Often, organizational culture plays a big role in how money gets out the door. We will explore the elements of culture that impact your work and devise solutions for leading organizational change from your seat.

During this workshop, participants will:

  • Get clear on what it means to align values and grantmaking practice
  • Outline some specific changes they would like to make to their grantmaking practice
  • Strategies and examples to help you build consensus for change and manage change for your organization.

Build Strong Partnerships with Grantees

Grantmaking achieves its broadest impact when true partnerships unite grantmakers and grantseekers in service to the greater good. Based on trust and respect, these relationships ascribe equal value to the experiences, resources, and needs of each partner.

During this workshop, participants will:

  • Learn more about building trusting and respectful relationships founded in excellent customer service and two-way feedback.
  • Talk about how to rightsize the grantmaking process and manage flexibility.
  • Discuss specific grantmaking practices that build trust and redefine the power balance.

Justice and Inclusion in Grantmaking Practice

Forget best practices. Well, at least set them aside for now. We suspect many of those practices support the status quo. If we were to design the grantmaking process to contribute to a more just and equitable world, what would that look like? Join us in this session as we get specific about the types of grantmaking practices that support – or hinder – equity.

During this workshop, participants will:

  • Practices that support more equitable grantmaking
  • Overcoming organizational barriers to change
  • Possible next steps for working toward greater alignment between grantmaking practices and the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion

Can’t Change What You Can’t See

Note, a version of this workshop is available for PSO conferences in partnership with Candid, CHANGE Philanthropy, and D5 Compass.

For philanthropy to advance equity in all communities, especially low-income communities and communities of color, it needs to be able to understand the demographics of the organizations being funded (and declined), the people being served, and the communities impacted.

Less than half of grantmakers collect demographic data, and there are many myths and barriers that prevent this data collection. More work and conversation is needed to help both grantmakers and nonprofits understand the importance of demographic data in assessing outcomes.

During this workshop, participants will:

  • Learn more about the myths and barriers that keep grantmakers and nonprofits from collecting and acting on this information.
  • Be in conversation with your peers about how to move the field’s understanding of this issue forward.
  • Learn how to “make the case” at your own organization for improving or implementing demographic data collection.

Smarter Risk Management

Join PEAK Grantmaking to reassess how you approach risk management and learn more about common ways that grantmakers get bogged down – and slow down their grantee’s impact – through internal grantmaking and due diligence processes. Participants will diagnose issues in their own organizations and develop strategies for assessing and improving risk management practices.

During this workshop, participants will:

  • Understand their organization’s risk profile in relation to their values.
  • Assess their application and reporting processes and identify steps in the process that can better support adaptability and sustainability for grantees.
  • Create an action plan to better align their internal processes with their desired risk profile.

Revisit Reporting

Whether reports are used for simple accountability purposes, to have good stories for the board, to build a relationship with the grantee, to make future funding or strategy decisions, or to build the sector’s knowledge, the questions we ask should be purposeful – and the information should be used!

During this workshop, participants will:

  • Review findings about the current status of grant reporting
  • Diagnose their current reporting processes and create an action plan for improving their practice.
  • Strategies and examples for making reporting meaningful and streamlined – for grantees and grantmakers.