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Publications & Reports
What It Really Takes to Influence Funder Practice
Philanthropists are increasingly combining forces to improve grantmaking. But what it takes to match their “will to skill” in influencing practice can feel murky. Twelve multiyear initiatives of the past decade shed light on promising approaches and reveal four consistent proponents of change. From the Ford Foundation. Publication date: December 2019
The 2018 Diversity Among Philanthropic Professionals Report: A Tale of Two Sectors
This new report and accompanying infographic finds a statistically significant difference in staff and board diversity between funders with a social justice focus and all other funders. Publication date: November 2019
Philanthropy in Higher Education: Priorities and Approaches of Private Foundations
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors partnered with the TIAA Institute to examine trends in private foundations giving to colleges and universities to support their postsecondary education strategies. October 2019
Blog posts and articles from other publications, including PEAK Insight Journal.
Five Foundations Advance Ways to End the Starvation Cycle
Chronic underfunding of nonprofits has been a perennial topic of discussion for years. Five major foundations have agreed to do more to combat the “starvation cycle” that undercuts the effectiveness of their grantees. They have agreed to test and refine potential solutions, and to reach out to other funders to share what they have learned. Publication date: November 4, 2019
The Power of Bridging Issue Silos through Funding Collaboratives
A discussion of the role of cross-issue collaboratives and why they’re important for grantmaker impact. Publication date: October 7, 2019
How Philanthropy Can Help Us Be Better as a Nation
Rick Williams, Sobrato Family Foundation’s chief executive, reflects on his 20 years in philanthropy and suggests 10 priority action items for the sector to help America reach its full potential. Publication date: October 7, 2019
Sample Documents and Templates
This is a collection of sample documents shared by your colleagues. Be sure to check the Connect library for new additions.
GM101 Introduction to Grants Management
This GM101 online course provides a basic overview of the grants management role, and the scope of the grantmaking process, in funder organizations. The course is designed for professionals who are new to grants management. This includes professionals with backgrounds in accounting, technology systems, program management, and other relevant areas. Grants management is often the department where program, finance, communications, application, approval, and administrative functions overlap. Grants managers perform a diverse set of tasks and maintain a wide range of professional relationships to ensure high-quality grants administration across programs. This course builds a basic understanding of the grants manager’s role, the grantmaking process, and the philanthropic context in which grantmaking takes place.
Power Moves: Your Essential Philanthropy Assessment Guide for Equity and Justice
A self-assessment toolkit to determine how well you are building, sharing and wielding power and identify ways to transform your programs and operations for lasting, equitable impact. It includes ready-to-use guides, insightful anecdotes and comprehensive resources to help you on your power journey towards high-impact giving. From the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. Publication date: May 2018
A Practical Guide to Outcome-Focused Philanthropy
“A Practical Guide to Outcome-Focused Philanthropy” is a roadmap for Hewlett Foundation staff as they work across the four stages of a strategy’s lifecycle: origination; implementation; refresh, and exit. The guidebook includes a set of worksheets that provide an at-a-glance overview of what staff need to think about and do at each stage. These worksheets also are available as a standalone document.
Presentation Slides and Handouts
PEAK Midwest Regional Chapter Spring 2019 Meeting
A day of learning in which grantmaking colleagues heard about collaboration and redevelopment in the Milwaukee area, enjoyed a presentation from PEAK Grantmaking Regional Chapter Manager Sara Sanders, and learned ways to improve grantmaking practices based on input at the annual conference. Event date: May 17, 2019