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PEAK Grantmaking

Principles for Peak Grantmaking

Courage in Practice:
Principles for Peak Grantmaking

Created by and for our members, these five Principles are our call to action to transform the practice of philanthropy into the practice of principled grantmaking. It’s time to move from conversation to action: Help lead the way with this values-driven, equity-centered, practice-based roadmap for change.
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To begin, read our white paper and share it with your team.

Next, explore the five Principles below, and learn about the many ways that PEAK Grantmaking will support your journey to put these Principles into practice.

(We’re rolling out in-depth packages of resources to support you in adapting each Principle, concluding with Steward Responsively in 2022 and Learn, Share, Evolve in 2023.)

Link grantmaking practices with grantmaker values, integrating values throughout every aspect of grantmaking to propel the mission.
Use practices and policies to help narrow the power gap between grantmakers and grantseekers, and value equally the resources each brings to the partnership.
Build grantmaking practices and policies that minimize bias and support decisions that promote justice, inclusion, and equity.
Manage all entrusted resources—people, finances, reputation, time—with care to balance stewardship with an agile approach to risk.
Contribute to building sector-wide knowledge and seek wisdom from others pursuing change and impact.