PEAK Grantmaking

About this collection: This collection, curated by PEAK Grantmaking, provides resources on driving equity, being effective grantmakers, and more.

Curated By: PEAK Grantmaking

One of NCFP’s newest Content Partners, PEAK Grantmaking, is a vibrant member-led community of professionals who specialize in grants management for funding organizations. Together, they power knowledge and foster collaboration to advance equitable, effective, and efficient grantmaking practice – transforming how grants get made.  Below you’ll find a selection of their resources. For additional guides and resources, including more how-to guides, recordings from past conferences and webinars, sample policies, and resources from partners in the field, please visit their website.

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Featured Resources

Strategies for Aligning Practices and Values

Want to secure more trusting relationships, met expectations, and true partnerships—as well as better, more sustainable outcomes? Discover they key questions you should be asking and the three strategies to connect the “how” of grantmaking to values, strategy, and impact: Develop strategic goals related to improving your grantmaking practice Recognize…

From Words to Action at Bainum Family Foundation

Case Study
The principles guiding one grantmaker’s successful efforts to tie practices to values, including practical methods for getting staff involved in the process and gathering the most relevant insight into your practices. Like many family foundations, the Bainum Family Foundation has been guided implicitly, from the start, by the life story…

Strategies for Narrowing the Power Gap in Philanthropy

Effective grantmaking organizations deliberately act to redefine the power balance with their grantees, recognizing that grantmakers and grantees are equal partners in the quest for impact. Learn more about expanding your impact by focusing on. The power that we often have as grantmakers shows up in the processes that we…

Case Study: Humility, Modesty, and Curiosity at the Barr Foundation

Case Study
At the Barr Foundation, narrowing the power gap begins with their mission statement and stated values, by thoughtfully focusing on potential, and being a catalyst and steward. “Modesty and humility come from seeing what grantees are doing in the community, and that our role is a helping role: The impact…

Strategies for Driving Equity in Grantmaking

In order to implement strategies that promote justice, inclusion, and equity, we must work with purpose and urgency to establish grantmaking practices that advance equity. This goes beyond narrowing the power gap (which helps all grantseekers and grantees) to a more specific focus on building power for under-resourced communities. On…

How To Guide: Uncovering Unconscious Bias in Philanthropy

This guide is designed to help you, the grants management professional, understand bias, how it shows up in philanthropy, why it matters, and how you can improve impact and outcomes for communities historically disenfranchised from philanthropic benefit. This guide will cover some basic concepts and definitions around unconscious bias and…