PEAK Grantmaking produces a variety of reports and publication on issues and topics of interest to grantmakers and grants management professionals, including the following.
Publications prior to 2017 were published under the association’s former name, Grants Managers Network (GMN). For publications issued prior to 2013, see our Archived Publications.
Effective grantmaking organizations deliberately connect the “how” of grantmaking to strategy and impact. In these organizations, the practices, processes, and systems that get money out the door to support important work in communities are informed, assessed, and strengthened using timely data about grantmaking effectiveness. In these organizations, thoughtful conversations about how to make grants most effectively are everyone’s business: programs, operations, finance, and executive staff work together to analyze and improve grantmaking practice.
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Consumers Guide to Integrated Systems for Community Foundations
Community foundations operate quite differently than private foundations, and have a complex set of additional requirements to track their data, as grantmakers, fundraisers and financial institutions all at once. Each of these roles requires something different of a foundation.
2016 Salary and Jobs Survey Report
More than 80 percent of business managers and HR professionals said their companies either participate in or purchase at least one salary survey each year, according to a Salary.com poll. That means the people determining your salary are looking at surveys, and our organization’s is the only report of grants management and operations professionals in philanthropy. Shouldn’t you be counted among your colleagues and get the information you need to negotiate a more competitive salary, job title and responsibilities?
A Consumers Guide to Grants Management Systems
The 2016 update of the report shows that cloud-based systems used by funders now greatly outnumber local server installations of the systems used to manage the distribution of billions of dollars each year.
The report explores the available options for accepting and reviewing applications and tracking grants throughout their lifecycles, takes a look at what grants management systems do, and compares the strengths and weaknesses of the packages available for U.S.-based foundations. It also recommends packages that might work for your organization based on your specific needs.
Grantmakers Information Technology Survey Report
Grantmaking organizations hand out billions of dollars each year to worthy causes, but most foundations are flummoxed by the technology tools they use in their grant operations. This lack of understanding is disconcerting and gives rise to questions about decision-making and leadership in implementation of the software used to manage those billions in funding.
We produced written summaries of our most popular 2014 annual conference sessions to allow those unable to attend the sessions, or the conference, to access the knowledge and information shared at the conference.
Summaries were provided complimentary to organization members and those who attended the conference, and made available for purchase. They are currently available for members at no charge in the Knowledge Base.
2013 Salary & Jobs Survey Report
The 2013 Salary & Jobs survey report compiled data from hundreds of grants management professionals to provide an accurate picture of the work and compensation of grants managers at various types of organizations and with varying levels of experience.
Those who participated in data collection can get a complimentary copy of the report, which is available for purchase for others looking for the definitive assessment of grants manager salary and jobs.
Assessing the How of Grantmaking
Assessing the How of Grantmaking reviews five core questions every grantmaker should be able to answer about how it makes grants, recommended indicators to measure the effectiveness of current practices, and advice on how to find and present the results.
2013 Conference Session Summaries
We produced written summaries of the most popular 2013 annual conference sessions to allow those unable to attend the sessions, or the conference, to access the knowledge and information shared at the conference.
Summaries were provided complimentary to organization members and those who attended the conference and made available for purchase. They are currently available for members at no charge in the Knowledge Base.
Paper Diet Report – January 2013
Based on surveys and interviews with our members, the Paper Diet report reveals how grantmakers can make improvements in their efforts to go paperless to increase efficiency, effectiveness, and environmental awareness.