Organizational Profile

PEAK Grantmaking (formerly Grants Managers Network)


PEAK Grantmaking improves grantmaking by advancing the knowledge, skills, and abilities of grants management professionals and by leading grantmakers to adopt and incorporate effective practices that benefit the philanthropic community.

HISTORY: In 1991, two New York City grants managers began to meet informally to discuss shared experiences at their respective foundations. They soon engaged others and, as membership grew, an open and sharing network developed. In 1996, Grants Managers Network (GMN) expanded nationally as a project of the Rockefeller Family Fund. In 2007, GMN became a 501(c)(3) public charity.  In 2017, the organization changed its name to PEAK Grantmakingn.

MEMBERSHIP: PEAK Grantmaking has more than 2,800 members from 1,300 grantmaking organizations who represent the breadth of the philanthropic community including small family foundations, prominent national foundations, grantmaking public charities, and socially responsible corporations. These individuals serve their organizations in many roles and are identified by a variety of titles including grants administrators, grants managers, directors of grants management, financial officers, and program officers/associates.

HEADQUARTERS AND CHAPTERS: GMN is based in Washington, D.C. Its 14 regional chapters connect members in local settings for professional and leadership development opportunities. Regional groups meet in the Delaware Valley, the District of Columbia, Florida, the Midwest, Minnesota, New England, New York, Northern California, Ohio, the Pacific Northwest, the Rocky Mountains, the Southeast, Southern California, and Texas.

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Target Audience: Grants management staff, Program staff, Administrative staff, Communications staff, Executive staff, Financial staff, Trustees, Advisors

Services Provided: Conferences, Resources, Training

Geographic Scope: National

Target Organizations: Community foundation, Public foundation, Donor advised, Corporate grantmaker, Family foundation, Independent, Operating foundation

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