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  • Using Data to Create a Culture of Learning

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    A session on how we, as grants managers, can best use data to create a culture of learning within our foundations/organizations. Original air date: October 30, 2018

    A session on how we, as grants managers, can best use data to create a culture of learning within our foundations/organizations. 

    Viewers will learn:

    • What data and data analysis look like 
    • How to mine and analyze your existing data to gain insights 
    • Data collection best practices and techniques 
    • Tools for analyzing and presenting data to influence decision-making 
    • How foundations are creating a “Learning Stack” to support and improve data and learning 

    A presentation of the Rocky Mountain Chapter.

    Original air date: October 30, 2018

    ​Andrew Means

    Head

    beyond.uptake

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

    • Technology Management: Apply technology solutions to grantmaking to support grantmaker, applicant, and grantee success.

  • Planning Your Path for the Future

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    This meeting of the PEAK Grantmaking New York Chapter, EPIP New York, and Philanthropy New York focused on  professional development, and included two highly-interactive sessions, focused on reflecting on your current role in your organization and strategizing how best to advocate for yourself at work, while networking with other grants management colleagues from the area.  Presentation date: November 1, 2018

    This meeting of the PEAK Grantmaking New York Chapter, EPIP New York, and Philanthropy New York focused on  professional development, and included two highly-interactive sessions, focused on reflecting on your current role in your organization and strategizing how best to advocate for yourself at work, while networking with other grants management colleagues from the area.  

    Your Professional Evolution in Grants Management

    The role and function of grants management continues to evolve in organizations across the philanthropic sector. As a grants management professional, you are performing new roles, broadening your responsibilities, and expanding your impact throughout your organization. This time of change requires you to develop new skills, communicate differently, and look ahead to the future. Participants discussed the evolution of the grants management model, the current state of grantmaking operations in your organization, and how you can reach the next level of effectiveness.  Learn to:

    • Audit your organization’s current stage in the grants management evolution model
    • Create strategies to advance your organization to the next stage in the evolution model  
    • Develop professional development plans for your career growth
    • Promote the benefits of change to your organization’s leadership 

    Advocating for Yourself Activity & Discussion

    Whether you’d like to enroll in a professional development course, take the lead on a new project, or change a process to make your work more efficient—how you ask is just as important as why you are asking. Knowing some basic negotiating tactics and understanding the right way to prepare for your conversation can help you better advocate for yourself and position yourself as a strategic leader in your organization. You will:

    • Learn and practice effective tactics to reframe how you advocate for yourself to achieve the best possible outcomes 
    • Understand how to use conversation as an opportunity to showcase yourself as a leader 
    • Prepare and practice an important conversation you’d like to have to advocate for yourself at work 

    Presentation date: November 1, 2018

    Melissa Sines

    Effective Practices Program Manager

    PEAK Grantmaking

    Melissa works with internal teams, external consultants, volunteer advisory groups, and partner organizations to articulate and highlight the best ways to make grants--effective practices. This body of work will help to define the role of grants management in philanthropic institutions in the United States and across the world.

    Sara Sanders

    Regional Chapter Manager

    PEAK Grantmaking

    Ebony Wilkinson

    Department Coordinator

    Ford Foundation 

    EPIP New York Chapter Leader

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

    • Staff and Volunteer Development: Build the capacity of staff and volunteers to be successful in their grantmaking role.

  • Focus on Leadership: PEAK Grantmaking New England Regional Chapter Fall 2018 Meeting

    Contains 5 Component(s)

    As a leader within your organization, you will work with people who have different perspectives, styles, and approaches. Get to know yourself as a leader – and discover how to better work with others. These materials will be insightful for all grants managers. Presentation date: October 25, 2018

    Are you a leader in your organization? Interested in best practices and the “how” of grantmaking? How about professional development and learning basic negotiating tactics? The 2018 PEAK New England fall meeting has everything you’re looking for and more.

    As a leader within your organization, you will work with people who have different perspectives, styles, and approaches. Get to know yourself as a leader – and discover how to better work with others. Perhaps you’d like to enroll in a professional development course, take the lead on a new project, or change a process to make your work more efficient — how you ask is just as important as why you are asking. Sara Sanders, PEAK Grantmaking’s regional chapter manager will be on site to give basic negotiating tactics and help you understand the right way to prepare for a conversation to help you better advocate for and position yourself as a strategic leader in your organization.

    The focus on creating more equitable and effective grantmaking practices grows within the field, grants managers stand at the juncture of fostering strong relationships with nonprofit partners. Liz Bicer, PEAK Grantmaking’s education director, makes the case that the “how” of grantmaking is as important – and as strategic – as the “what” and “who” of funding. Grants management as a profession is growing to include new skills and approaches to support greater impact: data analysis, knowledge management, organizational learning, and strong relationships.

    Viewers will:

    • Learn a vocabulary and a way of thinking about working with each other in our teams
    • Understand and appreciate the need for a variety of work styles
    • Reflect on their own individual work styles and identify areas for growth to become better leaders
    • Understand the negative and positive impacts of each style taken to excess
    • Learn from each other how colleague’s roles are changing inside their organizations
    • Review the current attitudes and perceptions towards Grants Management professionals and practices uncovered by PEAK’s field survey
    • Discuss how we can individually and collectively work to revise these perceptions to better match the critical role of grants management
    • Learn and practice effective tactics to re-frame how you advocate for yourself and showcase yourself as a leader
    • Prepare and practice an important conversation you’d like to have to advocate for yourself at work

    Presentation date: October 25, 2018

    Sara Sanders

    Regional Chapter Manager

    PEAK Grantmaking

    Liz Bicer

    Education Director

    PEAK Grantmaking

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

    • Staff and Volunteer Development: Build the capacity of staff and volunteers to be successful in their grantmaking role.

  • Diversifying Perspectives and Sharing Power at a Family Foundation

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Bringing non-family members, people with diverse perspectives, and professional advisors into the decision-making fold can help family foundations move past family dynamics, and take greater risks and bolder action toward their missions. Publication date: October 22, 2018

    Bringing non-family members, people with diverse perspectives, and professional advisors into the decision-making fold can help family foundations move past family dynamics, and take greater risks and bolder action toward their missions.

    Publication date: October 22, 2018

    Ruth Cummings

    Chair, Board of Trustees

    Nathan Cummings Foundation

    ​Sharon Alpert

    President and CEO

    Nathan Cummings Foundation 

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in grantmaking practices.
      Strategic Management: Promote organizational mission and goals and inspire colleagues to achieve them.

  • Digging Into Demographic Data: Data for Insight, Impact, and Equity

    Contains 4 Component(s)

    As discussed in our recent report on collecting and using demographic data, the practice is somewhat scattershot across the field and not widely understood or used to help grantmakers understand their giving. But for philanthropy to advance equity in all communities, especially low-income communities and communities of color, it needs to be able to understand the demographics of the organizations being funded (and declined), the people being served, and the communities impacted. That data should be used to assess practices and drive decision making. The webinar presenters discuss the PEAK Grantmaking report, a report by the Center for Effective Philanthropy on nonprofit diversity efforts, and the work that GuideStar is doing to help foundations and nonprofits share the diversity work that is necessary for more inclusive partnerships. Publication date: October 16, 2018

    As discussed in our recent report on collecting and using demographic data, the practice is somewhat scattershot across the field and not widely understood or used to help grantmakers understand their giving. But for philanthropy to advance equity in all communities, especially low-income communities and communities of color, it needs to be able to understand the demographics of the organizations being funded (and declined), the people being served, and the communities impacted. That data should be used to assess practices and drive decision making.

    The webinar presenters discuss the PEAK Grantmaking report, a report by the Center for Effective Philanthropy on nonprofit diversity efforts, and the work that GuideStar is doing to help foundations and nonprofits share the diversity work that is necessary for more inclusive partnerships.

    Viewers will:

    • Learn the key importance of collecting and using demographic data in their grantmaking;
    • Understand how nonprofits are thinking about diversity and how foundations can help these efforts; and
    • Hear about plans to make collecting and using demographic data easier and more standardized for the field.

    Original air date: October 16, 2018

    ​Michelle Greanias

    Executive Director

    PEAK Grantmaking

    Michelle Greanias, executive director of PEAK Grantmaking, is a passionate advocate for efficient and effective grantmaking and is deeply committed to elevating the value of grantmaking practices in philanthropy. Since 2008, Michelle has led the explosive growth of PEAK Grantmaking, making it one of the largest networks in the field.

    Michelle has spent most of her career in corporate philanthropy, leading grants management teams to implement efficient, effective grantmaking practices. She has also overseen program-related investments; engaged in projects to facilitate socially responsible investments in housing and community development; and managed employee giving programs.

    Michelle speaks and writes regularly on effective grants management practices and has consulted with government and private sector grants programs to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of their grantmaking operations.

    Michelle serves on the GuideStar Advisory Council and on the National Panel for GrantAdvisor. She holds bachelor’s degrees in international relations and French/West European studies and a master’s in business administration from The American University.

    Ellie Buteau

    Vice President, Research

    Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP)

    Jasmine Marrow

    Director of Nonprofit Strategy and Member of the Equity Team

    GuideStar

    ​Nikki Powell (Moderator)

    Effective Practices Director

    PEAK Grantmaking

    Nikki Powell is PEAK Grantmaking’s chief communications officer. She develops and manages strategies to promote PEAK Grantmaking’s services, events, and programs. She is responsible for developing outreach campaigns to raise awareness of PEAK Grantmaking’s members and their expertise. Nikki also oversees marketing for PEAK Grantmaking events, including sponsorship and exhibitor recruitment.

    Contact Nikki with questions about communications, PEAK Grantmaking’s effective practices program and partnerships, and sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities.

    Her experience includes implementing communications strategies for nonprofits of many sizes and in many sectors, including membership associations, advocacy organizations, and leading research think tanks.

    Nikki has a bachelor’s degree from Converse College (Spartanburg, S.C.) with a double major in English and politics and a minor in women’s studies. She is currently a master’s degree candidate in organizational and corporate communications at Northeastern University.

    Nikki is a nomad at heart and travels whenever she can; she has visited all 50 states and is working on all seven continents. Her favorite place she’s ever visited is Istanbul. She is a member of the Junior League of Greenville (S.C.) and volunteers regularly with the Day of the Girl and Period Project organizations.

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in grantmaking practices.

  • Insight, Impact, and Equity: Collecting Demographic Data

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    ​For philanthropy to advance equity in all communities, especially low-income communities and communities of color, it needs to be able to understand the demographics of the organizations being funded (and declined), the people being served, and the communities impacted. That data should be used to assess practices and drive decision making. PEAK Grantmaking is working to better understand and build the capacity of grantmakers for collecting and utilizing demographic data as part of their grantmaking. Publication date: July 2018

    For philanthropy to advance equity in all communities, especially low-income communities and communities of color, it needs to be able to understand the demographics of the organizations being funded (and declined), the people being served, and the communities impacted. That data should be used to assess practices and drive decision making.

    PEAK Grantmaking is working to better understand and build the capacity of grantmakers for collecting and utilizing demographic data as part of their grantmaking. Our work is focused on answering four key questions:

    • What demographic data are grantmakers collecting and why?
    • How are they collecting these demographic data?
    • How is demographic data being used and interpreted?
    • How can funders use demographic data to inform their work?

    With the help of Kelly Brown, former executive director of the D5 Coalition, and an advisory committee of grantmakers, we have completed an expansive survey, interviews with grantmakers, and field research on these four questions.

    Publication date: July 2018

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in grantmaking practices.

  • Elevating the Nonprofit Sector with Professional Development

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    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. Original air date: October 18, 2018

    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.

    Viewers will:

    • Learn about the 12 Management Support Organizations (MSOs) in Florida;
    • Understand how to access training for yourself, your organization, or for your grantees; and
    • Recognize how your organization can help strengthen nonprofit leadership in your community.

    A presentation of the Florida Regional Chapter.

    Original air date: October 18, 2018

    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

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

    • Staff and Volunteer Development: Build the capacity of staff and volunteers to be successful in their grantmaking role.

  • Strengthening Grantees: Foundation and Nonprofit Perspectives

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    The report provides a comprehensive examination of foundations’ efforts to strengthen grantee organizations and leaders. The data reveals that foundations are not as in touch with nonprofits’ needs as they think they are, and that both foundations and nonprofits alike have a role to play in closing the gap between the support nonprofits need and the support foundations provide. Publication date: October 2018

    The report, from the Center for Effective Philanthropy, provides a comprehensive examination of foundations’ efforts to strengthen grantee organizations and leaders. The data reveals that foundations are not as in touch with nonprofits’ needs as they think they are, and that both foundations and nonprofits alike have a role to play in closing the gap between the support nonprofits need and the support foundations provide.

    Publication date: October 2018

    Ellie Buteau

    Vice President, Research

    Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP)

    Charis Loh

    Manager, Research

    Center for Effective Philanthropy

    Temitayo Ilegbusi

    Senior Analyst, Research

    Center for Effective Philanthropy

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Lifecycle of a Grant Competencies

    • Planning and Pre-Grant: Design and implement the review process to support an informed grant decision.

  • Great Funder–Nonprofit Relationships Toolkit

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    This toolkit, from Exponent Philanthropy, is designed to help funders recognize the aspects of great relationships with your nonprofit partners, assess competencies, and consider ways to improve how to work with one another. Publication date: October 2018

    This toolkit, from Exponent Philanthropy, is designed to help funders recognize the aspects of great relationships with your nonprofit partners, assess competencies, and consider ways to improve how to work with one another.

    This simple tool walks through:

    • The hallmarks of great relationships.
    • A self-diagnostic that can help you identify opportunities for improvement.
    • Two key skills that can improve relationships in any given area.

    In this resource, you’ll also find tips and resources from other funders and nonprofits to develop your own action plan.

    Publication date: October 2018

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

    • Communications: Listen to others and communicate effectively.

  • Getting the Best Possible Failures in Philanthropy

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    What constitutes “good” failures in philanthropy, and how can we have more of them? Publication date: October 16, 2018

    What constitutes “good” failures in philanthropy, and how can we have more of them?

    Publication date: October 16, 2018

    ​Jen Ford Reedy

    President

    Bush Foundation

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

    • Knowledge Management: Capture and apply knowledge to promote learning and improvement.

    Lifecycle of a Grant Competencies

    • Post-Grant: Review grantmaking to determine success in meeting goals and objectives.