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  • Why Demographic Data Matters

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    Grantmakers occupy a powerful space between power and privilege in the social change sector. As such, they have a unique opportunity—and responsibility—to work proactively toward equity and inclusivity. Increasingly, grantmaking institutions are challenging themselves to not just talk the talk, but walk the walk, when it comes to equity. Publication date: December 13, 2017

    PEAK Grantmaking believes that having a common approach to demographic data will allow that data to be transformed into information and knowledge, strengthening the field.  More consistency in grantmaker practice is also critical to grantees who are the source of the data.  

    ​Michelle Greanias

    Executive Director

    PEAK Grantmaking

    Michelle Greanias, executive director of PEAK Grantmaking, is a passionate advocate for efficient and effective grantmaking and is deeply committed to elevating the value of grantmaking practices in philanthropy. Since 2008, Michelle has led the explosive growth of PEAK Grantmaking, making it one of the largest networks in the field.

    Michelle has spent most of her career in corporate philanthropy, leading grants management teams to implement efficient, effective grantmaking practices. She has also overseen program-related investments; engaged in projects to facilitate socially responsible investments in housing and community development; and managed employee giving programs.

    Michelle speaks and writes regularly on effective grants management practices and has consulted with government and private sector grants programs to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of their grantmaking operations.

    Michelle serves on the GuideStar Advisory Council and on the National Panel for GrantAdvisor. She holds bachelor’s degrees in international relations and French/West European studies and a master’s in business administration from The American University.

  • We Need a New Definition of Effectiveness

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    "We’ve recognized problems with most ways effectiveness is defined for nonprofits.... [T]he ability to assess and achieve results does not mean that an organization is inherently effective – especially if program models and theories of change are rooted in false narratives about the causes of inequity, or if the results are not those most desired by the people and communities being served." Publication date: December 4, 2017

    "We’ve recognized problems with most ways effectiveness is defined for nonprofits.... [T]he ability to assess and achieve results does not mean that an organization is inherently effective – especially if program models and theories of change are rooted in false narratives about the causes of inequity, or if the results are not those most desired by the people and communities being served.

    ...

    "Work to define effectiveness has typically come from white organizations – prominent consulting firms, think tanks, universities, philanthropy and management support organizations. These institutions have advanced ideas about effectiveness that have unwittingly perpetuated or even exacerbated inequity in the nonprofit sector."

    Kathleen P. Enright

    President and CEO

    Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO)

  • How the Concept of Effectiveness Has Screwed Nonprofits and the People We Serve

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    "Effectiveness has been defined mainly by white organizations, and because #EffectivenessSoWhite, it has a whole bunch of flaws and causes a lot of problems." Publication date: December 11, 2017

    "Effectiveness has been defined mainly by white organizations, and because #EffectivenessSoWhite, it has a whole bunch of flaws and causes a lot of problems."

    Vu Le

    Executive Director

    Rainier Valley Corps

  • Florida Regional Chapter Webinar: Fluxx Database Show-and-Tell

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    Curious about different grant management systems? Interested in seeing some examples from your peers? Join us for a series of presentations for a GMS Show and Tell! We will kick it off with three presenters – Mark Walker from Jessie Ball duPont Fund, Dan Schoenfield from Knight Foundation, and Jaime Dixon from the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg – in December to see how each funder uses their Fluxx system. Original air date: December 6, 2017

    Curious about different grant management systems? Interested in seeing some examples from your peers?

    Join us for a series of presentations for a GMS Show and Tell! We will kick it off with three presenters – Mark Walker from Jessie Ball duPont Fund, Dan Schoenfield from Knight Foundation, and Jaime Dixon from the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg – in December to see how each funder uses their Fluxx system.

    Mark Walker

    Knowledge Management and Technology Officer

    Jessie Ball duPont Fund

    ​Dan Schoenfeld

    Chief Evangelist

    Fluxx

    ​Jaime Dixon

    Grants and Project Manager

    Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg

  • A Consumer's Guide to Grants Management Systems, 2016 report and 2017 supplement

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    The 2016 Consumer's Guide to Grants Management Systems, plus the 2017 vendor update.

    The 2016 Consumer's Guide to Grants Management Systems, plus the 2017 vendor update.

  • The Healing Power of “No”

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    "In the case of philanthropy, it’s often those of us on the giving side who have decided against granting dollars to a particular group, but then don’t want to hurt the collective feelings of those running said local nonprofit." Publication date: December 6, 2017

    "Throw away the standard rejection form letter and take just a few minutes to explain the reasoning behind your board's 'no.'"

    ​Scott Brazda

    Executive Director

    The Stuller Family Foundation

  • Cross-Border Philanthropy and Counterterrorism Regulations: Guidance for U.S. Grantmakers

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    While opportunities abound for U.S. grantmakers to make a positive difference around the globe, grantmakers need to be aware of important regulatory requirements, particularly pertaining to anti-terrorist financing. Publication date: November 24, 2017

    While opportunities abound for U.S. grantmakers to make a positive difference around the globe, grantmakers need to be aware of important regulatory requirements, particularly pertaining to anti-terrorist financing. 

    The goal of this article is to orient U.S. grantmakers to these issues by introducing the relevant measures and responsible agencies, discussing the consequences of noncompliance, providing recommendations on how best to reduce the risks of diverting funds, and identifying key resources.

    Andrzej Kozlowski

    Principal

    Paragon Philanthropy

    Kia Sullivan, Esq.

    Founder

    SourcePoint Philanthropy

  • Building Trust with Grantees is Essential

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    Having good relationships with grantees — and, at the end of the day, good grantmaking as a whole — demands that professionals working in the philanthropic world show genuine interest in other people’s knowledge and experience, and offer good questions (not just advice) in conversations. Publication date: November 30, 2017

    Having good relationships with grantees — and, at the end of the day, good grantmaking as a whole — demands that professionals working in the philanthropic world show genuine interest in other people’s knowledge and experience, and offer good questions (not just advice) in conversations. A successful grant should never be about a program officer’s goals or convictions in the first place. It should be about identifying and appreciating what each side of the table — funder and grantee — can do best together. 

    Carolyn Sosnowski

    Program Officer

    Ford Foundation

  • DEI Resources for the Philanthropic Sector

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    A curated list of resources on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Publication date: September 5, 2017

    Focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the philanthropic sector and within PEAK Grantmaking’s membership has been on the rise for quite some time now, as evidenced by projects such as the D5 Coalition and GuideStar’s efforts to create a DEI data infrastructure in philanthropy. 

    One PEAK Grantmaking member shared a list of resources collected during her organization’s research into this focus area. She and her organization have generously allowed us to share this document.

    ​Victor Gongora

    Effective Practices Project Manager

    PEAK Grantmaking

  • Ask Dr. Streamline: Wondering about the ROI of the LOI

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    The pros of LOIs. Publication date: November 28, 2017

    So why and when does the Dr. recommend use of an LOI?

    Alice Cottingham

    Consultant to Grantmaking Foundations