Learning with PEAK Grantmaking

PEAK Grantmaking is committed to providing relevant learning opportunities and resources for all professionals in grants management. Investing in yourself and your career is the ultimate long-term investment. Start learning today!

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Learning Advisor

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Identify and Address Skills Gaps. Optimize Your Performance.

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Based on the Grants Management Professional Competency Model, the PEAK Grantmaking Learning Advisor enables you to create an actionable plan that identifies skills gaps and recommendation on how to close them. Skills and knowledge are assessed on 5 levels of skill: Learning, Basic, Applied, Skilled and Expert. Take the assessment to see where you are, follow the learning plan to get to the next level.

NEW! Learning Advisor for Teams

PEAK Grantmaking just released Learning Advisor for Teams--a professional development tool that empowers your team members to take charge of their professional development at their own pace. Not only is this the perfect tool for your team, it’s a really great tool for you! Here are the top 5 reasons you should engage with Learning Advisor:

  1. Learning Advisor gives your team members the right development opportunities and experiences they need to grow 
  2. It makes development and career planning a part of your regular 1:1 conversations 
  3. You will build team capability by leveraging high performers 
  4. Learning Advisor coaches each person more effectively…without guessing 
  5. It drives engaged employees who can help meet your objectives 

Contact Liz Bicer to get started with Learning Advisor for Teams.

Grants Management Professional Competency Model

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PEAK Grantmaking’s Grants Management Professional Competency Model defines the professional knowledge, skills, and abilities expected of grants management professionals, regardless of their area of specialization, the size of their organization, or their role within the field. 

View the Competency Model | Download the PDF

Job responsibilities, titles, and structures for grants management professionals vary widely between organizations. Therefore, this competency model includes all the competencies that distinguish high-performing grants management professionals and empowers the user to decide which are relevant to them.

The competency model can be used to define your role and create your professional development plan, and serve as a framework for talent recruitment and hiring practices.

The Grants Management Professional Competency Model is a living and evolving resource, and will be updated as needed to reflect changes in the field.

Upcoming Live Webinars

How to Apply Trust-Based Philanthropy in Any Role

Tuesday, September 25 @ 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EDT

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Join us as we break down the framework and share ways that you can embody the practices towards building more trusting relationships with the organizations you interact with on a day to day basis.

Trust-based philanthropy is being embraced by a growing number of foundations as a way to mitigate power imbalances between funders and nonprofits. Driven by the central philosophy that funders should approach grantee relationships from a place of trust rather than distrust, the trust-based framework encourages multi-year unrestricted funding, streamlined reporting, and transparent and responsive communication. At first glance, it may seem that trust-based practices can only be instituted by foundation leadership and/or senior management; however, the reality is that every grantmaking professional – regardless of role – has the ability to embody aspects of this framework.

Presenter: Pia Infante, Co-Executive Director, The Whitman Institute

This webinar will help build your competency in ethics, integrity, and accountability.


Elevating the Nonprofit Sector with Professional Development

Thursday, October 18 @ 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT

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Did you know there are 12 centers across the state of Florida that provide leadership and management training for nonprofit professionals and volunteers? Learn about these management support organizations, or MSOs, and how you, your organization, and your grantees can benefit from educational opportunities to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the nonprofit sector.

Join the conversation remotely or come together with other grants management professionals for the webinar presentation and then a special off-the-record conversation with the presenter on the evolution of the field and notable trends.

Presented by the Florida Chapter.

Presenters: 

Margaret Linnane, Executive Director, Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Management
Rena Coughlin, President & CEO, Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida
Emily Benham, CEO, Nonprofit Leadership Center of Tampa Bay
Jessica Cecere, CEO, Nonprofits First in West Palm Beach

This webinar will help build your competency in staff and volunteer development.

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