Courage in Practice: Why it’s our PEAK2020 theme

This year, we launched an initiative to help transform the practice of philanthropy into the practice of principled grantmaking – the Principles for Peak Grantmaking. It began with a journey of discovery for the PEAK Grantmaking team. Through working groups, regional chapter events, surveys, and conversations with members and sector leaders, we listened and learned. You’ve helped us understand your aspirations and challenges in implementing equitable, effective, and efficient grantmaking practices.

And we’ve been struck by your depth of commitment to this work.

We also heard you loud and clear that it is not enough to simply know or understand what grantmaking practice in support of equity looks like: We must also have the courage and the fortitude to live our values and approach change management, organizational culture, and complex grantmaking systems to enact this change.

Grants management professionals are the owners and enactors of the organizational systems, processes, policies, and procedures that have defined the traditional grantmaking process. In too many ways to name here, those systems can be (and have been) set up to privilege some grantees and disadvantage others. Improving practice has been named one of the primary ways to promote equity in the sector, and we are ready to equip our members with the knowledge and skills to take on this monumental task.

Like all monumental tasks, we cannot approach this work without collaboration, humility, vulnerability, a curious mind, some real self-care, and enough bravery to see us through the times when it all seems too big, too far, too slow, and too much.

To support you in leading the way, we’ve designed the PEAK2020 learning tracks to focus on each of the five Principles, featuring sessions loaded with practical insight on how to put these five principles into practice.

Make your plans now to join 800+ of your peers to fuel your inspiration and take the next step to embrace courage in your practice.