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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Now Open for Enrollment: GM101 Online

The self-paced online version of our popular GM101 workshop! Learn the basics of your role as a grants manager and the grantmaking cycle, as well as the philanthropic context in which grantmaking takes place. Test your knowledge, hear from subject matter experts, and access job aids and other resources to support your grantmaking work.  LEARN MORE.

Courage in Practice: The Principles for PEAK Grantmaking

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Many in our sector are talking about big ideas such as equity and inclusion, narrowing the power gap between grantmakers and grantseekers, being authentically engaged in our communities, listening and learning from our partners, and living our values in our practice.

We can help the sector move beyond conversation to action.

We believe our members have the power to bring tangible, real-life, and practical implementation to these big ideas to build a bridge between strategic vision and action. To this end, we support their professional growth through developing the competencies that will help them lead this change.

Grants management professionals sit at the intersection of strategy and action. Access the tools and resources you need to courageously lead change inside your organization. LEARN MORE.

Grants Management Professional Competency Model


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 Competency Model information and 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.

Learning Advisor


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.

Upcoming Live Webinars

Streamline Data Collection to Improve Evaluation (365 Sponsor Webinar)

Thursday, August 22
2:00 - 3:00 pm EDT

Reliable data can improve your entire grantmaking process from applicant to award to evaluation. Additionally, you’ll be able to ease the burden on grantees with fewer requests for data. 

Join this webinar to learn why quality data is critical, where to find it, how to effectively communicate the information you need, and how to make better decisions.

You’ll also learn ways to:

  • Use data throughout the grantmaking process
  • Action on data and use it to your benefit
  • Tailor grant applications and evaluations to collect the data you need, preventing excessive requirements of nonprofits

E.C. Pollick Byrnes, Client Success Manager, Foundant Technologies
Sammie Holzworth, Product Manager, Foundant Technologies 

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