Operationalizing a Focus on Equity

Session materials for PEAK2019.

Recently, many foundations have increased their focus on the issue of equity—changing their grantmaking priorities and program areas, engaging in listening tours, and pooling resources to advance one of the most important issues of our time. In the end, however, just changing what grantmakers fund will not be enough. We also need to change how grantmakers fund, if we want to move the needle on equity. We will never achieve our goals with outdated grantmaking practices and policies that neglect investments in capacity and infrastructure. When funding doesn’t cover the full cost of delivering programs, nonprofits close the gap through sweat equity; they overwork and underpay their people, relying on volunteer and in-kind support. How can funders adapt their application processes, due diligence work, and overall grantmaking approach to better support impact without exploiting the sweat equity of their grantees? Engage in a dialogue on revitalizing grantmaking to better support equity goals.

Participants will learn about:

The value of the how and the why, when applying an equity lens to grantmaking

Adapting application, due diligence, and grants management processes to better support equity outcomes

The capacity and business needs of community-based organizations serving economically and socially disadvantaged communities

David Greco

President and CEO

Social Sector Partners

David Greco is a nationally recognized speaker, author and consultant on creating a more sustainable and effective social sector. He brings more than 25 years of experience in in driving the growth and impact of social sector organizations. In 2013, David founded Social Sector Partners to provide training and capacity building support to funders and nonprofits to develop a culture of sustainability that incorporates real cost, sustainable business models, and a focus on impact. 

He is a professor with Pepperdine University in the Master in Arts in Social Entrepreneurship and Change program and the author of "Think Money! Ending the Culture of Scarcity and Achieving Real Impact."

Grants Management Professional Competency Model

Cross-Cutting Competencies

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in grantmaking practices.