Peery Foundation Team Retreat Debrief

Every six months the Peery Foundation team leaves the office for three days for our team retreat. Last week was my third team retreat and decidedly the best. Eat. Work. Eat. Work. Eat while working. Sleep. Repeat. It was great. Each team retreat has a theme that guides our conversations and goals for the retreat...

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Housing: What We're (Trying) To Do

Housing – it’s clearly the issue that East Palo Alto and Belle Haven residents are most concerned about as Facebook’s continuous expansion has attracted foreign investors, driving housing prices higher than they’ve ever been. After learning about housing policies, I wrote a blog post. I’ve continued to plug myself into conversations...

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Privilege and Power in Funding Dynamics

Trust-based relationships. Grantee-centric philanthropy. True partnerships that advance impact for communities. How do we together improve the efficiency, respectfulness, and outcomes of our sector?Recently Jane Leu (previous Peery Foundation grantee, founder of several social ventures and prolific fund raiser), and I...

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Site Visit Success Tips

Having just returned from the Peery Foundation’s first extensive international site visit – a three country, nine organization trip to Africa, it is an apt time to reflect on grantee centric practices for site visits.This was my first site visit on the funder side of the table, having helped to organize over 20 visits and co-host at least half...

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Warts and All: Funder Feedback Q2 Report

Cycle 5 of our Funder Feedback rounded up on June 30th. The first part of the Funder Feedback tool asks respondents to rate us out of 5 across 3 behaviours: 1) Respectfulness, 2) Consistency, 3) Value (as in value we provide in interactions). Each quarter we've been doing consistently well on "Respectfulness", and, ironically, have some small variance in...

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The Housing Crunch

I’m sitting at Starbucks off of East Bayshore in East Palo Alto for the third time this week. Since joining the Peery Foundation nearly two years ago, I’ve had over 50 meetings with community members, educators, parents and students here. It’s almost impossible to walk in and not know any one. At a table close to the register...

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The Attitude of Gratitude

When I was a kid, my parents forced me to write thank you notes after every birthday and Christmas. I HATED doing it. I struggled to find something creative to say beyond “Thank you for the sweater. I can’t wait to wear it. Hope to see you soon.” [in reality, I was returning that so-not-cool sweater for a store...

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The Value of Time

What if you could calculate the value of the time you ask of your grantees? Would knowing the value of their time change what you asked of them? What if you found out they are 'spending' more then they 'earn' going through your grant making process? A few weeks ago we attended a workshop run by Jane Leu (PF...

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