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PEAK Grantmaking

Build grantmaking practices and policies that minimize bias and support decisions that promote justice, inclusion, and equity.

PEAK Grantmaking calls on grantmakers to assess their policies and practices and adjust them to minimize bias, reduce disparities, and be more inclusive.

Structural bias is rooted in policies and practices that advantage some people and disadvantage others. Grantmakers sit at the intersection of power and privilege in the philanthropic sector. As such, they have a unique responsibility to implement grantmaking practices that promote equity and inclusion.
Grants management professionals have the power to ensure policies and practices do not broaden existing inequities, but rather strengthen support for marginalized communities.
Board members and senior leaders at grantmaking organizations should work to increase the diversity of grant decision-makers and strengthen the trust between donors and their communities.
Key Questions:
  • What approaches can you use to mitigate the impact of bias on your grant decisions?
  • How can the demographic data you collect support insight, impact, and equity?
  • How can you bring a diversity of voices into grantmaking decisions?
  • How can you find and support organizations led by those most impacted by an issue?

(We’re rolling out in-depth packages of resources to help you in adapting each Principle. Drive Equity is coming in June 2020.)