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COVID-19 Support for the Grants Management Community

As the calls for more responsive and streamlined philanthropy grow around the COVID-19 crisis, our members – grants management professionals – will be leading organizational efforts to adapt grantmaking processes, procedures, technology, and communications.

PEAK is dedicated to supporting you ­in adopting principled, equitable grantmaking practices with urgency in response to this crisis. At the same time, the need for a supportive peer network is more important than ever. Look to us for an active schedule of virtual learning and sharing opportunities in the challenging weeks and months ahead.

Updated May 12, 2020

Not yet a part of the PEAK community? We invite grantmaking professionals to sign up for a complimentary Individual Membership to gain access to our CONNECT discussion forum, along with select community events and resources, and our communications.

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Open Letter to Philanthropy: The Cure to Viral Racism Is Within Our Hands
April 6, 2020
– Racial bigotry and xenophobia are ravaging Asian American communities in the U.S. alongside the physical impacts of the pandemic. In response, Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) circulated an open letter signed by hundreds of groups and individuals, including PEAK, that calls for funders to support groups confronting racism as a part of their coronavirus relief efforts – and for us all to speak out to denounce racism and strengthen our shared humanity.

Braving the COVID-19 Crisis Together
March 18, 2020 – Announcing our plans to support the grants management community.

Joint PSO Statement: Keep Equity at the Forefront in Philanthropy’s Response to the Coronavirus
March 19, 2020 – PEAK joins 59 fellow PSOs in this United Philanthropy Forum-appeal to philanthropy.

Community Conversations: Managing Responsive Grantmaking During the COVID-19 Crisis
We’re hosting a series of virtual open forums for members to come together around how grants management professionals can support their organizations, their peers, and their grantees during this global pandemic.

  • March 25, from 2-3pm ET
  • April 9, from 3-4:15pm ET
  • April 30, from 3-4:15pm ET

We’re sharing insights from these calls in PEAK Resources below.

What’s ahead
This spring, PEAK is expanding virtual programming to provide frequent learning and peer-sharing opportunities, including:

  • In May, we’re hosting PEAK2020 Online, a monthlong series around the “Courage in Practice” conference theme that’s exclusive to all PEAK Organization Members and PEAK2020 conference registrants who generously forwent refunds. We invite the broader community to join the kickoff event and chapter meetings, and explore the virtual expo. LEARN MORE

PEAK Resources

Look to our communications (and check back here) for the latest reporting and resources.

A series of reports on how members are leading in adapting responsive, flexible, and equitable grantmaking practices, summarizing what we’re hearing on our community calls, in our CONNECT discussion forum, and across the field.

Share your plans with our team at

On-demand Webinars 
Recorded presentations from our Community Conversation series

  • Legal compliance briefing with Suzanne Friday, Council on Foundations  watch now
  • Findings on how grantmakers are reducing the applicant and reporting burden, and how application and RFP processes can be improved, with Janet Camarena, Director of Candid Learning and PEAK board member  watch now

Reach out to peers through our CONNECT member forum: Share ideas and templates, ask for advice, and help each other out. Discussion threads are rounded up in a dedicated COVID-19 hub. (Not yet a part of the PEAK community? We invite grantmaking professionals to sign up for a complimentary Individual Membership to gain access to CONNECT – and more!)

Weekly Reads
PEAK’s round-up of perspective and insight from the philanthropic community and beyond.

Philanthropy Resources

Explore (and bookmark) these extensive resource hubs developed by fellow philanthropy-serving organizations. 

United Philanthropy Forum
How Philanthropy Can Respond to COVID-19 
A roundup of UPF member events, policy information, and how PSOs are responding with internal policies and communicating about the virus to program registrants, along with recommended resources and events.

Council on Foundations
Resources for Responding to COVID-19 
A roundup of internal resources related to business continuity or sample communications with staff; and external resources related to how foundations might shift grantmaking, create response funds, including resources from the government, peer networks, and experts.

Center for Disaster Philanthropy
Situation updates, critical needs, and how to help.

Exponent Philanthropy
Resources from Exponent and the field.

The Communications Network
Coronavirus Crisis Comms Triage Kit
An open source Googledoc to share and crowdsource best practices, resources, and examples of effective crisis comms from foundations and nonprofits.

Coronavirus Webpage
Grantmakers’ responses to the pandemic, news coverage, and funding opportunities, constantly updated.

National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
Roundup of advocacy resources, sector responses, data, and perspective.

National Center for Family Philanthropy
Resources from the field, an interactive map of local funds, upcoming webinars, and more.