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We are a community of 5,000 grants management professionals leading the way in advancing equitable, effective grantmaking practices. Together, we can transform how grants get made.

PEAK Grantmaking has always been at the forefront of aligning values with practice, helping foundations to operationalize their ideals.

– Patrick Taylor, Zellerbach Family Foundation

We at the Ford Foundation strive to deliver outstanding service. Learning Advisor helps us identify team strengths and opportunities for development.

– Suzanne Shea, Ford Foundation

PEAK Grantmaking has helped me connect with foundation peers across the country and learn best practices I can take back to my office.

– Jenny Morgan, Robert W. Woodruff Foundation
Champion courageous practice change in philanthropy: As a PEAK contributing member, you’ll join more than 400 grantmaking organizations – your peers leading the way in advancing principled grantmaking practice.


You and your team gain complimentary access to our complete range of benefits, including:

  • Our comprehensive and growing suite of member-exclusive resources and tools, including Principles for Peak Grantmaking how-to guides, case studies, and on-demand webinars; our latest research, trend reports, and more
  • PEAK webinars live and on demand
  • Chapter meetings, local opportunities for connecting with members in your area to share knowledge, develop skills, and advance the profession
  • A subscription to our member magazine, PEAK Grantmaking Journal
  • Communities of Practice, structured learning and sharing opportunities with your peers to stretch your learning edge and contribute to building knowledge for the field
  • PEAK’s biennial Grants Management Salary Report
  • Participation in our CONNECT online discussion forum, linking you to the combined knowledge of thousands of grants management professionals
  • Interactive online courses for interactive, self-paced training opportunities
  • Our Member Directory, which you can use to help make and maintain connections with colleagues across the country

Plus: Deep discounts on registration for the PEAK Annual Conference


We welcome all staffed grantmaking organizations to join as an Organization Members – including private/independent foundations, operating foundations, corporate foundations and giving programs, community foundations, government/public entities, and donor-advised funds.

Philanthropy-serving organizations and funder networks are also welcome to join at the minimum dues rate.

For community foundations, dues are based on discretionary giving only.

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PEAK Dues, Total Annual Giving

$500, Under $250\,000

$750, $250\,000 – $500\,000

$1\,000, $500\,000 – $1\,250\,000

$1\,500, $1\,250\,000 – $2\,500\,000

$2\,000, $2\,500\,000 – $5\,000\,000

$3\,000, $5\,000\,000 – $25\,000\,000

$3\,500, $25\,000\,000 –$50\,000\,000

$7\,000, Above $50\,000\,000


For community foundations, dues are based on discretionary giving only.

Amplify your support through a 
Sustaining Organization Membership

Many PEAK members contribute funding above and beyond their annual membership dues. This generous support makes it possible for PEAK Grantmaking to conduct the research and build the tools to support this amazing community of people working toward more equitable, effective grantmaking practices. Please include your additional support on your application or reach out to our team at to learn more.

Consultant Membership

Consultants are welcome to join as contributing non-voting members, with dues based on your client organizations’ total annual giving. Dues for sole proprietors and consulting firms with three or fewer full-time staff are $500, regardless of client organizations’ total annual giving. As trusted members of our community, consulting organizations are expected to refrain from solicitation. For complete details, read our Terms & Conditions Agreement.

We live our value of inclusivity and create a community of belonging for all by offering a complimentary membership to all grantmaking professionals. Sign up to join grants management colleagues in the PEAK community, and benefit from access to select resources and discounts on events.


  • Participate in CONNECT, our members-only online forum, linking you to the combined knowledge of thousands of grants management professionals
  • Receive invitations to complimentary PEAK community webinar events
  • Access a selection of resources from our expanding collection – including Principles for Peak Grantmaking case studies and action guides, on-demand webinars, research and trend reports, and the digital edition of PEAK Grantmaking Journal
  • Attend live and on-demand webinars at discounted fees
  • Attend chapter meetings at discounted fees to learn and connect with members in your area
  • Register for PEAK’s annual conference and online courses at discounted rates


  • Individuals employed by grantmaking organizations
  • Individuals employed by funder networks, philanthropy-serving organizations, and other philanthropy infrastructure groups
  • Professors and researchers at accredited universities or research institutions whose primary focus is philanthropy
  • Retired members
  • Previously eligible voting members who, because of a change in employment status (i.e., laid off but seeking a new position in the field), would otherwise be ineligible to remain members.

Membership FAQs

What is the term of Organization Membership?

PEAK Grantmaking Organization Members receive a 12-month membership, starting the month they join. Approximately 60 days prior to your membership expiration date, we send a renewal notice and invoice to the primary contact in our files.

Can we pay for Organization Membershipin the form of a grant?

Our member organizations may elect to pay as a grant any portion of their dues that exceeds $1848 (the fair market value of the direct services and goods received in return for membership).Consult your accountant or auditor for an answer specific to your organization.

How do I renew our Organization Membership?

We are now working fully remotely in light of the COVID-19 crisis and encourage you to renew your membership online. The primary contact for your membership may simply:

  • Log in to your PEAK Grantmaking profile.
  • Go to “My Transactions” and “My Memberships.”
  • Scroll down and select “Organization Membership” and “Renew Now.”

You may also pay by ACH or wire transfer. If you may only pay by check, you can mail it to us at 1666 K Street NW, Suite 440 Washington, DC 20006. We will process checks as soon as we are able, but please know it may be delayed during this time.

How do I sign up additional staff members to access Organization Membership benefits?

There is no limit on the number of staff members who can take advantage of your Organization Membership. Sign up additional staff for your Organization Membership via this brief registration form.