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A New Data Infrastructure for Measuring Risk | PEAK2020 Online
​Robust risk data shines a light on threats to impact and highlights those interventions with the highest potential for success. Without this data, we’re making grants in the dark. An unpredictable world requires us, as philanthropy practitioners, to be agile and responsible in how we manage scarce resources. Open Road Alliance has seen, from their own investment portfolio, just how likely grantees are to face an unexpected obstacle that jeopardizes their impact, as well as how funders overall are unprepared to deal with these risks. Part of the problem is that grantmakers often don’t have the tools or systems to plan for, mitigate, and monitor risks to impact. This session explores a variety of simple tools to integrate basic risk management into existing grantmaking processes. You'll also see a new online tool offered via Vera Solutions that digitizes a simple risk management process. Original air date: May 12, 2020
Enabling Collective Impact Reporting | PEAK2020 Online Short Talk
​When the Irving Harris Foundation developed an impact-tracking framework for their grantmaking and field leadership work, they wanted to be sure it would capture collective impact in the field without overburdening grantees. Working with ChangeVantage Consulting and the nonprofit research center Child Trends, the foundation adopted a strategic, collaborative approach to developing outcomes and indicators that would be both valuable and feasible to collect. This case study highlights lessons learned while examining the methodology behind, and results of, their work to develop collaborative outcomes and indicators. This session consists of a “short talk,” followed by an unrecorded roundtable discussion. Original air date: May 27, 2020
How Do We Change Our Grantmaking When Everything Else Keeps Changing? | PEAK2020 Online
​Funders routinely update strategic plans and welcome new grantees, and we’re used to updating our goals every year. But our world is rapidly changing in so many new ways. Philanthropy is addressing complex issues like equity, embracing new grassroots partners, and partnering with new donors and supporters, and current grantees are asking for deeper supports and connections. Learn how United Ways are working through these disruptive times, balancing priorities, sharing and engaging with multiple partners, and evolving their role as partners and grantmakers. Conversations include establishing cross-functional internal teams, building capacity of grantees while maintaining long-term community commitments, and co-creating solutions with partners. This session was sponsored by GivingData. Original air date: May 12, 2020
How to Transform Your Change Resistant Team | PEAK2020 Online Short Talk
​Neuroscience tells us that our brains are wired to resist change. So what do you do when you’re the one making your colleagues adopt a new system or grantmaking process? In this session, hear about change management techniques learned through the implementation of a new grants management system. This session consists of a “short talk,” followed by an unrecorded roundtable discussion. Original air date: May 27, 2020
Investing in Change: How Funders Can Support Advocacy and Lobbying | PEAK2020 Online
​Private and public foundations can play a vital role in advocacy, both by engaging in advocacy themselves and by funding their grantees to advocate on the issues important to them. Not sure how to make the case for funding advocacy? Uncertain whether you can fund grantees that lobby? Wondering whether your public or private foundation can speak out on an issue? This session answers these and other questions. In this session, get a clear understanding of the kinds of advocacy activities you can safely engage in, and best practices for ensuring your grantees have the most flexibility allowable under the law for their advocacy efforts. Original air date: May 7, 2020​
It Starts with the Grants Manager: Narrowing the Power Gap | PEAK2020 Online Short Talk
​Despite our best intentions, a grantmaking system—even one designed to responsive, clear, and supportive—can fail to support our impact goals if it doesn’t address the power gap faced by grantseekers. This too-common dilemma was recently overcome by the Episcopal Health Foundation. Find out how their grants management team redesigned the grantmaking system, from application to reporting to measurements and requirements, to change the power dynamic, amplify impact, and encourage riskier, more innovative proposals. This session consists of a “short talk,” followed by an unrecorded roundtable discussion. Original air date: May 27, 2020
No Registration? No Problem! Taking Risks with International Grantmaking | PEAK2020 Online
​In an era of increasingly-closing civic space, human rights, and grassroots funders are finding that they need to incorporate greater flexibility and risk taking in their grantmaking. This session explores recommendations for funding diverse types of organizations in high-risk climates around the globe, from sending money during crises to managing complex compliance requirements in challenging environments. Presenters demonstrate what trust-based philanthropy looks like from a grants manager’s perspective.​ Original air date: May 7, 2020
Participation, Power, Philanthropy: Putting Nonprofits and Communities in the Driver’s Seat | PEAK2020 Online
Through individual reflection, group activities, peer coaching, and discussion, this session assesses how nonprofits and communities currently participate in your work. The presenters also consider the importance of examining participation through diversity, equity, and inclusion lenses. Original air date: May 7, 2020
Philanthropy Re-imagined: From Charity to Power in Historically Disenfranchised Communities | PEAK2020 Online
Learn the story of Racial Justice NOW! and the Communities for Just Schools Fund through storytelling. Presenters highlight CJSF’s particular “special sauce”: providing general and multi-year support for organizing groups, recognizing that movement work is slow because it is “people work” that requires leadership development and building political will, and growing the partner network by focusing on the important work of ensuring there is a breadth and depth of people represented as well as engagement across differences. Original air date: May 19, 2020
Power and Light: Enlightened Approaches for Accountable and Equitable Grantmaking | PEAK2020 Online
​Don’t let your processes undermine your foundation’s ability to serve the public good. In our current climate of crisis, there are multiple calls for philanthropy to use its power to improve efficiency. equity, and transparency with grantee partners. In this timely session, presenters share approaches used by funders to be more accountable and inclusive, while righting the power balance in their relationships with grantees, applicants, and community stakeholders. Featuring case studies from Candid’s GlassPockets and GrantCraft platforms, and insight from a new report issued by RespectAbility, speakers highlight pain points in the field and the funders working to overcome them through a commitment to transparency, trust, and inclusion.​ Original air date: May 19, 2020
Refining Your Financial Due Diligence Process: During the Crisis and Beyond | PEAK2020 Online
​Assessing financial health of applicants and grantees is a critical part of the lifecycle of a grant. Funders approach this assessment process in a variety of ways that often involve collecting financial documents, some historical and some future focused, understanding trends and having follow up conversations. However, in order to provide a rapid response to ensure the viability of their grantees in times of crisis and uncertainty, funders are rightly adjusting or suspending many of their processes. In this session, Hilda Polanco explores several questions for funders to consider in assessing financial health at this time.​ Original air date: May 19, 2020
Strategic Grantmaking: How Can Evaluation Help Grantmakers Think Forward? | PEAK2020 Online
​Over time, the utility of grant evaluations has deepened from simple accountability to outcomes measurement—from demonstrating that funds were used in the intended manner, to determining whether or not they achieved the intended results. But what if evaluation could also help grantmakers determine what to invest in, and when? These questions are of particular importance in times of change and uncertainty when many are rethinking their strategies. Two evaluators and one grantmaker show you how it can. In this session, presenters share concrete examples from their own work using evaluation data and methodologies to guide programmatic strategy and determine the future of both pilot initiatives and well-established programs. They also reflect on how these approaches can be adapted to the current circumstances. Participants will leave understanding how they can incorporate evaluation into their strategic planning and program design decisions. This session was sponsored by GivingData. Original air date: May 12, 2020