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COVID-19 Support for the Grants Management Community

As the calls for more responsive and streamlined philanthropy grow around the COVID-19 crisis, our members – grants management professionals – will be leading organizational efforts to adapt grantmaking processes, procedures, technology, and communications.

PEAK is dedicated to supporting you ­in adopting principled, equitable grantmaking practices with urgency in response to this crisis. At the same time, the need for a supportive peer network is more important than ever. Look to us for an active schedule of virtual learning and sharing opportunities in the challenging weeks and months ahead.

Updated April 3, 2020

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Our Latest News

Joint PSO Statement: Keep Equity at the Forefront in Philanthropy’s Response to the Coronavirus
March 19, 2020 – PEAK joins 59 fellow PSOs in this United Philanthropy Forum-appeal to philanthropy.

Braving the COVID-19 Crisis Together
March 18, 2020 – Announcing our plans to support the grants management community.

Community Conversations: Managing Responsive Grantmaking During the COVID-19 Crisis
We’re hosting a series of virtual forums for members to come together around how grants management professionals can support their organizations, their peers, and their grantees during this international crisis.

  • March 25, from 2-3pm ET
  • April 9, from 3-4:15pm ET  Register now

We’ll share insights from these calls as an open community resource. (See PEAK Resources below.)

What’s ahead
This spring, PEAK is expanding virtual programming to provide frequent learning and peer-sharing opportunities, including:

  • In April, two webinars focused on the first issue of our new PEAK Grantmaking Journal: Black Voices in Grants Management:
    • The Voice of the African American Male in Philanthropy, April 14, 3-4pm ET  Register now

    • Black Directors’ Roundtable: Lessons from a Career in Philanthropy, April 22, 3-4pm ET  Register now
  • In May, PEAK2020 Online, a monthlong series around the “Courage in Practice” theme, featuring a selection of conference programming – including keynotes, sessions, roundtables, and short talks (exclusive to PEAK Organization Members and PEAK2020 registrants)

PEAK Resources

Look to our communications (and check back here) for the latest reporting and resources.

The Grants Management Response to COVID-19
A series of reports on how members are leading in adapting responsive, flexible, and equitable grantmaking practices, summarizing what we’re hearing on our community calls, in our CONNECT discussion forum, and across the field.

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CONNECT Community Forum & COVID-19 hub
Reach out to peers through our member discussion forum: Share ideas and templates, ask for advice, and help each other out. Discussion threads are rounded up in a dedicated COVID-19 hub.

Weekly Reads
PEAK’s round-up of perspective and insight from the philanthropic community and beyond.

Philanthropy Resources

Explore (and bookmark) these extensive resource hubs developed by fellow philanthropy-serving organizations. 

United Philanthropy Forum
How Philanthropy Can Respond to COVID-19 
A roundup of UPF member events, policy information, and how PSOs are responding with internal policies and communicating about the virus to program registrants, along with recommended resources and events.

Council on Foundations
Resources for Responding to COVID-19 
A roundup of internal resources related to business continuity or sample communications with staff; and external resources related to how foundations might shift grantmaking, create response funds, including resources from the government, peer networks, and experts.

Center for Disaster Philanthropy
Situation updates, critical needs, and how to help.

Exponent Philanthropy
Resources from Exponent and the field.

The Communications Network
Coronavirus Crisis Comms Triage Kit
An open source Googledoc to share and crowdsource best practices, resources, and examples of effective crisis comms from foundations and nonprofits.

Coronavirus Webpage
Grantmakers’ responses to the pandemic, news coverage, and funding opportunities, constantly updated.

National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
Roundup of advocacy resources, sector responses, data, and perspective.

National Center for Family Philanthropy
Resources from the field, an interactive map of local funds, upcoming webinars, and more.