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  • Grant Making with a Racial Equity Lens

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    In this guide, grantmakers explain why a focus on racial equity gives them a powerful "lens" for understanding and advancing their work. Drawing on firsthand experiences, the guide offers advice on promoting and deepening your foundation's commitment to racial equity, both internally and in the programs you support. Publication date: May 2007

    In this guide, grantmakers explain why a focus on racial equity gives them a powerful "lens" for understanding and advancing their work. Drawing on firsthand experiences, the guide offers advice on promoting and deepening your foundation's commitment to racial equity, both internally and in the programs you support.

  • The Equity Journey: NewSchools Venture Fund and Lumina Foundation Pursue Diversity on the Road to Equity

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    This case study from Grantmakers in Education profiles the equity efforts of two grantmakers represented on the Equity Impact Group steering committee: NewSchools Venture Fund and Lumina Foundation. By sharing their equity journey, including strategies they have pursued and lessons learned along the way, they hope to fuel the efforts of other grantmakers who are seeking to move from intention to action. Publication date: September 2017

    This case study from Grantmakers for Education profiles the equity efforts of two grantmakers represented on the Equity Impact Group steering committee: NewSchools Venture Fund and Lumina Foundation. By sharing their equity journey, including strategies they have pursued and lessons learned along the way, they hope to fuel the efforts of other grantmakers who are seeking to move from intention to action.

    Christina A. Russell

    Managing Director

    Policy Studies Associates

  • Benchmarking 2015: Trends in Education Philanthropy

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    This report draws from a survey of Grantmakers for Education membership that provides a snapshot of giving patterns as well as grantmakers' qualitative impressions of lessons and insights from their work. The organization also sought out the perspectives of non-members who are active in the field, to help broaden their perspective as they seek to strengthen, deepen, and broaden philanthropy’s impact on public education. Publication date: 2016

    This report draws from a survey of Grantmakers for Education membership that provides a snapshot of giving patterns as well as grantmakers' qualitative impressions of lessons and insights from their work. The organization also sought out the perspectives of non-members who are active in the field, to help broaden their perspective as they seek to strengthen, deepen, and broaden philanthropy’s impact on public education. 

    Publication date: 2016

  • Is Impact Investing the Next Big Thing for Donor-Advised Funds?

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    The thoughts of ten experts on connecting DAFs and impact investing. Publication date: April 2, 2018

    An estimated $85 billion is sitting in DAFs. That’s $85 billion earmarked for charitable purposes, but waiting to be dispersed to nonprofits. Those numbers are climbing as DAFs continue breaking records with billions of dollars pouring into these charitable vehicles each year.

    Article explores what ten experts think about connecting DAFs and impact investing.

    Publication date: April 2, 2018

    ​Nicholas Salter

    Founder

    Progressive Philanthropy Group

  • Hiding Your Diversity Data Helps Keep #PHILANTHROPYSOWHITE

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    Despite heightened awareness and the concerted efforts of a handful of organizations, diversity and equity in philanthropy as a whole haven’t changed much. The data published by the D5 Coalition suggest that we have seen virtually no increase in the number of people of color who hold staff and leadership positions at foundations, and little increase in the representation of women. Making philanthropy more diverse and inclusive should be a top priority for everyone, regardless of whether or not your foundation focuses on supporting communities of color. Publication date: March 28, 2018

    Despite heightened awareness and the concerted efforts of a handful of organizations, diversity and equity in philanthropy as a whole haven’t changed much. The data published by the D5 Coalition suggest that we have seen virtually no increase in the number of people of color who hold staff and leadership positions at foundations, and little increase in the representation of women. Making philanthropy more diverse and inclusive should be a top priority for everyone, regardless of whether or not your foundation focuses on supporting communities of color. 

    Publication date: March 28, 2018

    ​Orson Aguilar

    President

    The Greenlining Institute

  • Wearing the Streamlining Goggles – Four Streamlining Principles

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    We developed a set of high-level streamlining principles that any organization could use to examine its current practice and consider better practice. Once you put on these streamlining goggles, it should be easy to see opportunities to shift your practices and requirements to make them more sensible, aligned with your values, and straightforward for your grantseekers and yourselves. And for those who are interested in more specifics, we have specific recommendations for better practices. Publication date: March 23, 2018

    We developed a set of high-level streamlining principles that any organization could use to examine its current practice and consider better practice. Once you put on these streamlining goggles, it should be easy to see opportunities to shift your practices and requirements to make them more sensible, aligned with your values, and straightforward for your grantseekers and yourselves. And for those who are interested in more specifics, we have specific recommendations for better practices.

    Four Core Principles:

    1. Take a fresh look

    2. Right-size requirements

    3. Reduce the burden

    4. Communicate clearly

    Jessica Bearman

    Principal

    Bearman Consulting

    JESSICA BEARMAN (Bearman Consulting) works with foundations and other mission-based organizations, focusing on organization development, facilitation, planning, and project R&D to help them become more intentional, effective, and responsive to communities. 

    Jessica has been the lead consultant to PEAK Grantmaking’s Project Streamline since its inception, helping grantmakers to understand and minimize the burden of their application and reporting practices.Prior to her work in philanthropy, Jessica spent nine years in the nonprofit sector, where she experienced plenty of mystifying requirements. She has a Masters in Organization Development from American University/National Training Laboratory. Jessica loves living on an organic farm in Idaho with her husband, two wild boys, forty philosophical chickens, and thousands of industrious bees.

  • Using Data to Collaborate: Actionable Steps to Be True Community Partners

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    To be effective, how can foundations better support the nonprofit communities they support financially? If both a foundation and its nonprofit partners have the same end goal in mind, what could collaboration look like? Publication date: March 20, 2018

    To be effective, how can foundations better support the nonprofit communities they support financially? If both a foundation and its nonprofit partners have the same end goal in mind, what could collaboration look like?

    At Susan G. Komen Colorado, one of the key strengths of our grantmaking program is collaboration for system-level change. With data about community-level issues from grantees, Komen Colorado can increase its impact by taking the information straight to decision-makers in government and other agencies to advocate for stronger laws or programs for the communities served.

    ​Mary Coleman

    Program Manager

    Susan G. Komen Colorado

  • Learning Advisor

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    Own your own development and take control of your career!

    Identify and Address Skills Gaps. Optimize Your Performance.

    Exclusive benefit for Organization Members

    Based on the Grants Management Professional Competency Model, the PEAK Grantmaking Learning Advisor enables you to create an actionable plan that identifies skills gaps and provides recommendations on how to close them. Skills and knowledge are assessed on 5 levels of skill: Learning, Basic, Applied, Skilled and Expert. Take the assessment to see where you are, follow the learning plan to get to the next level.

    How does it work?

    1. Complete a self-assessment based on the 14 areas of the Grants Management Professional Competency Model.
    2. Get a personalized plan for closing skills gaps with recommendations on resources, training, and activities to help close identified gaps. 
    3. Use your plan to track your progress toward your goals. 

    What else can you do with Learning Advisor? 

    • Demonstrate commitment to your professional development by sharing your plan with your supervisor. 
    • Start a conversation with your manager about advancement, capacity, and growth using the plan as a roadmap.   
  • Part 1: Racially Equitable Grantmaking, No Longer a Choice

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    More and more nonprofit professionals are paying attention to the national dialogue and waking up to the fact that racial equity can no longer be a choice in their work. Publication date: March 13, 2018

    More and more nonprofit professionals are paying attention to the national dialogue and waking up to the fact that racial equity can no longer be a choice in their work. Some of those are in the philanthropic sector and have begun addressing it in their grantmaking. Different organizations are in different places along the continuum when it comes to the integration of a racial equity lens, but it is encouraging that strides are increasingly being made to include racial equity in daily operations.

    Alyssa Curran

    Program Officer

    Missouri Foundation for Health

  • What is Project Streamline and Where’d It Come From?

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    Simply put, the cumulative impact of grantmakers’ distinct and often laborious application and reporting requirements undermines nonprofit effectiveness, causing grantseekers to devote too much time to seeking funding (often without payoff) and reporting on grants (often without benefit) to the detriment of their mission-based work. Publication date: March 7, 2018

    Simply put, the cumulative impact of grantmakers’ distinct and often laborious application and reporting requirements undermines nonprofit effectiveness, causing grantseekers to devote too much time to seeking funding (often without payoff) and reporting on grants (often without benefit) to the detriment of their mission-based work.

    Jessica Bearman

    Principal

    Bearman Consulting

    JESSICA BEARMAN (Bearman Consulting) works with foundations and other mission-based organizations, focusing on organization development, facilitation, planning, and project R&D to help them become more intentional, effective, and responsive to communities. 

    Jessica has been the lead consultant to PEAK Grantmaking’s Project Streamline since its inception, helping grantmakers to understand and minimize the burden of their application and reporting practices.Prior to her work in philanthropy, Jessica spent nine years in the nonprofit sector, where she experienced plenty of mystifying requirements. She has a Masters in Organization Development from American University/National Training Laboratory. Jessica loves living on an organic farm in Idaho with her husband, two wild boys, forty philosophical chickens, and thousands of industrious bees.