Implementing Equitable Grantmaking Practices

Session materials from PEAK2019.

Forget best practices. Well, at least set them aside for now. Many of those practices could support the status quo. If we were to design the grantmaking process to contribute to a more just and equitable world, what would that look like? This session will identify the types of grantmaking practices that support—or hinder—equity. Participate in a design-thinking exercise to prepare to lead change inside an organization.

Participants will learn about:

Practices that support more equitable grantmaking

Overcoming organizational barriers to change

Possible next steps toward greater alignment between grantmaking practices and the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion

Melissa Sines

Programs and Knowledge Director

PEAK Grantmaking

Melissa leads PEAK Grantmaking’s work to identify effective, efficient, and equitable philanthropic practices and advocate for their adoption by grantmakers.

Prior to joining PEAK Grantmaking, Melissa was the education and accreditation director at Maryland Nonprofits and the Standards for Excellence Institute, where she oversaw nonprofit accreditation and the association’s learning community.

Melissa is currently a board member at the Maryland Center for Economic Policy. She also serves as co-chair for the United Philanthropy Forum's Program Committee and on the Funder's Planning Committee for the Frederick County Nonprofit Summit. She has served on committees for Independent Sector, the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers, the Frederick Giving Project, and numerous other nonprofits in her local community.

Melissa is a self-professed nonprofit dork and accidental techie. She is passionate about organizing people and projects to promote social justice.

Grants Management Professional Competency Model

Cross-Cutting Competencies

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in grantmaking practices.
  • Process and Change Management: Plan and monitor processes efficiently and effectively and manage change as needed to contribute to grantmaker's strategic goals and grantee's success.

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