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  • Courage in Practice: The Principles for Peak Grantmaking

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Many in our sector are talking about big ideas such as equity and inclusion, narrowing the power gap in our sector, being authentically engaged in our communities, listening and learning from our partners, and living our values in our practice. Publication date: April 2019

    Many in our sector are talking about big ideas such as equity and inclusion, narrowing the power gap in our sector, 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.

    We are developing and delivering tools and resources to help grantmakers:

    • Tie Practices to Values
    • Narrow the Power Gap
    • Drive Equity
    • Learn, Share, Evolve
    • Steward Responsively

    Through a courageous commitment to these actions, we are working to bring big ideas to the front lines of grantmaking.

    Publication date: April 2019

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

    • Communications: Listen to others and communicate effectively.
    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in grantmaking practices.
    • Ethics, Integrity, and Accountability: Act with integrity and accountability.
    • Financial Management: Implement financial policies and controls to ensure effective and efficient deployment of financial resources for grantmaking.
    • Knowledge Management: Capture and apply knowledge to promote learning and improvement.
    • Process and Change Management: Plan and monitor processes efficiently and effectively and manage change as needed to contribute to grantmaker's strategic goals and grantee's success.
    • Staff and Volunteer Development: Build the capacity of staff and volunteers to be successful in their grantmaking role.
    • Strategic Management: Promote organizational mission and goals and inspire colleagues to achieve them.
    • Technology Management: Apply technology solutions to grantmaking to support grantmaker applicant, and grantee success.

  • Streamline Data Collection to Improve Evaluation

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    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. Watch 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. Original air date: August 22, 2019

    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. Watch 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; and
    • Tailor grant applications and evaluations to collect the data you need, preventing excessive requirements of nonprofits.


    Original air date: August 22, 2019

    This webinar was presented and sponsored by Foundant Technologies

    E.C. Pollick Byrnes

    Client Success Manager

    Foundant Technologies

    Sammie Holzwarth

    Product Manager

    Foundant Technologies

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

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

    Lifecycle of a Grant Competencies

    • Planning and Pre-Grant: Apply the grantmaker values, mission, and goals to ensure alignment of application process and guidelines.

  • Reckoning, Repair, and Change: How Business Leaders Can More Effectively Advance Racial Equity and Competitive Advantage

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    As corporate leaders pledge their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, they need a way to fulfill their promises. Designed for CEOs and corporate executives, this primer from FSG offers practical tools and examples to help companies transform pledges into action. Publication date: August 2019

    As corporate leaders pledge their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, they need a way to fulfill their promises. Designed for CEOs and corporate executives, this primer from FSG offers practical tools and examples to help companies transform pledges into action.

    Business leaders face a growing pressure to address societal issues as part of core business practices. To maximize success, we recommend that they pursue 3 actions:

    1. Understand history and the racialized impacts of their company and industry;
    2. Repair relationships and rebuild trust; and
    3. Change business practices to advance racial equity while improving the company’s competitive advantage. 

    The primer offers examples and case studies of companies that have practiced these actions, with practical strategies for leaders looking for inspiration.


    Publication date: August 2019

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in grantmaking practices.
    • Ethics, Integrity, and Accountability: Act with integrity and accountability.


  • From Procedural to Principled: A Short Recent History of Grants Management

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    A review of five major shifts over the past two decades around administrative functions, compliance, transparency, impact measurement, and technology. Publication date: January 31, 2019

    A review of five major shifts over the past two decades around administrative functions, compliance, transparency, impact measurement, and technology.

    Publication date: January 31, 2019

    Adam Liebling

    Director of Grants Management

    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

    Adam Liebling is a grants management professional with 20 years of grantmaking experience in human rights and social justice, animal welfare, health/science research and policy, humanitarian and disaster response, and education. In his spare time, Adam enjoys traveling with his partner Jasmyn and playing with their cat, Theodorable Buttingtons.

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

    • Communications: Listen to others and communicate effectively.
    • Technology Management: Apply technology solutions to grantmaking to support grantmaker applicant, and grantee success.

  • Funding Innovations That Break the Mold

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    How Funders can support bold, emerging leaders and their cutting-edge ideas. Publication date: December 27, 2018

    How Funders can support bold, emerging leaders and their cutting-edge ideas.

    Publication date: December 27, 2018

    ​Lateefah Simon

    President

    Akonadi Foundation

    ​Tim Silard

    President

    Rosenberg Foundation 

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

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

  • The Reverse Site Visit: A Day in the Life of Our Program Officer

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    An inside look into the realities of working at a foundation. Publication date: January 8, 2019

    An inside look into the realities of working at a foundation. The author shadowed the program officer at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and learned in detail how the foundation sets its strategies and goals, and how those play out in the group’s grantmaking approach.

    Publication date: January 8, 2019

    Charis Loh

    Manager, Research

    Center for Effective Philanthropy

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Lifecycle of a Grant Competencies

    • Planning and Pre-Grant: Apply the grantmaker values, mission, and goals to ensure alignment of application process and guidelines.

  • Is Grantmaking Getting Smarter?

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Is Grantmaking Getting Smarter? is a national study of philanthropic practice that was done to help us understand how we are doing as a field. The study includes key findings which look at how grantmakers’ approaches to racial equity and culture connect to practice. Original air date: August 6, 2019

    Is Grantmaking Getting Smarter? is a national study of philanthropic practice that was done to help us understand how we are doing as a field. The study includes key findings which look at how grantmakers’ approaches to racial equity and culture connect to practice.

    A presentation of the PEAK Grantmaking Florida Chapter.

    Original air date:  August 6, 2019

    Kyle Rinne

    Strategy & Learning Manager

    Grantmakers for Effective Organizations

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

    • Communications: Listen to others and communicate effectively.
    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in grantmaking practices.
    • Knowledge Management: Capture and apply knowledge to promote learning and improvement.
    • Process and Change Management: Plan and monitor processes efficiently and effectively and manage change as needed to contribute to grantmaker's strategic goals and grantee's success.
    • Strategic Management: Promote organizational mission and goals and inspire colleagues to achieve them.

    Lifecycle of a Grant Competencies

    • Planning and Pre-Grant: Apply the grantmaker values, mission, and goals to ensure alignment of application process and guidelines.

  • 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.

  • GM101 Introduction to Grants Management

    Contains 4 Component(s)

    This GM101 online course provides a basic overview of the grants management role, and the scope of the grantmaking process, in funder organizations. The course is designed for professionals who are new to grants management. This includes professionals with backgrounds in accounting, technology systems, program management, and other relevant areas. Grants management is often the department where program, finance, communications, application, approval, and administrative functions overlap. Grants managers perform a diverse set of tasks and maintain a wide range of professional relationships to ensure high-quality grants administration across programs. This course builds a basic understanding of the grants manager’s role, the grantmaking process, and the philanthropic context in which grantmaking takes place.

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    This GM101 online course provides a basic overview of the grants management role, and the scope of the grantmaking process, in funder organizations.

    The course is designed for professionals who are new to grants management. This includes professionals with backgrounds in accounting, technology systems, program management, and other relevant areas.

    Grants management is often the department where program, finance, communications, application, approval, and administrative functions overlap. Grants managers perform a diverse set of tasks and maintain a wide range of professional relationships to ensure high-quality grants administration across programs. This course builds a basic understanding of the grants manager’s role, the grantmaking process, and the philanthropic context in which grantmaking takes place.

    GM101 is self-paced, and can be completed over multiple sessions. The course includes narration of select content by grantmaking experts, an extensive array of resources, learner activities, and a certificate of completion to add to your professional development portfolio. Members will receive access to a CONNECT community exclusive to GM101 learners and a badge for their CONNECT profile.

    Course access: 1 year from time of purchase
    Course time commitment: 3 to 4 hours

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    GM101 Online features five learning modules:

    • Module 1: An Overview of Grants Management
    • Module 2: Nonprofit Organizations
    • Module 3: The Grantmaking Process
    • Module 4: View from the Field
    • Module 5: Courage in Practice: Principles for Peak Grantmaking

    After completing the course, learners will be able to:

    • Explain the philanthropic context in which grantmaking takes place, including types of grantmakers and grantees
    • Describe and apply best practices for grants management
    • Articulate grantmaking’s legal and regulatory landscape
    • Assess the health and financial sustainability of prospective grantees
    • Employ internal administrative and tracking processes that support a grantmaking cycle
    • Promote grants management as a profession
    • Identify the Principles for Peak Grantmaking and gain access to tools to help you bring these strategies to action

    ​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.

    Melissa Sines

    Programs and Knowledge Director

    PEAK Grantmaking

    Melissa leads PEAK Grantmaking’s work to identify effective, efficient, and equitable philanthropic practices and advocate for their adoption by grantmakers.

    Prior to joining PEAK Grantmaking, Melissa was the education and accreditation director at Maryland Nonprofits and the Standards for Excellence Institute, where she oversaw nonprofit accreditation and the association’s learning community.

    Melissa is currently a board member at the Maryland Center for Economic Policy. She also serves as co-chair for the United Philanthropy Forum's Program Committee and on the Funder's Planning Committee for the Frederick County Nonprofit Summit. She has served on committees for Independent Sector, the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers, the Frederick Giving Project, and numerous other nonprofits in her local community.

    Melissa is a self-professed nonprofit dork and accidental techie. She is passionate about organizing people and projects to promote social justice.

    Rikard Treiber

    Director, Grants

    Peter G. Peterson Foundation

    Rik Treiber is director, grants, at the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, where he oversees grant operations and compliance. He collaborates on the development of grant initiatives that support the foundation’s mission to increase public awareness of the nature and urgency of key fiscal challenges threatening America’s future and to accelerate action on them. 

    Rik is also chairman of philanthropic initiatives and a member of the advisory board for Horizon Client Access, Inc., which provides political, economic, and security risk analyses to businesses seeking to enter markets in Eurasia, Africa, and South America.

    Rik is active in the philanthropic sector and speaks frequently on topics related to foundations and nonprofits. He holds a BA from Wesleyan University; an MA with high honors in sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara; and an MA in American studies from New York University, where he was a Henry Mitchell McCracken Fellow.

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

    • Communications: Listen to others and communicate effectively.
    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in grantmaking practices.
    • Financial Management: Implement financial policies and controls to ensure effective and efficient deployment of financial resources for grantmaking.
      Staff and Volunteer Development: Build the capacity of staff and volunteers to be successful in their grantmaking role.
      Technology Management: Apply technology solutions to grantmaking to support grantmaker applicant, and grantee success.

    Lifecycle of a Grant Competencies

    • Planning and Pre-Grant: Apply the grantmaker values, mission, and goals to ensure alignment of application process and guidelines.
      Planning and Pre-Grant: Design and implement the review process to support an informed grant decision.
    • Award and Monitoring: Establish mutual expectations between the grantmaker and grantee to support success.
      Award and Monitoring: Monitor grantee activity to support grantee success and determine compliance with grant agreement.
      Post-Grant: Review grantmaking to determine success in meeting goals and objectives.

  • PEAK2020 Call for Session Proposals Informational Webinar

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Are you considering submitting a PEAK2020 session proposal? Do you have questions about the proposal process? The deadline to submit a proposal is August 11, 2019.

    Are you considering submitting a PEAK2020 session proposal? Do you have questions about the proposal process?  Review our Call for Proposals brief, then join us to get your questions answered!

    The deadline to submit a proposal is August 11, 2019.

    Sari Houston

    Education Program Manager

    PEAK Grantmaking

    Liz Bicer

    Education Director

    PEAK Grantmaking

    Melissa Sines

    Programs and Knowledge Director

    PEAK Grantmaking

    Melissa leads PEAK Grantmaking’s work to identify effective, efficient, and equitable philanthropic practices and advocate for their adoption by grantmakers.

    Prior to joining PEAK Grantmaking, Melissa was the education and accreditation director at Maryland Nonprofits and the Standards for Excellence Institute, where she oversaw nonprofit accreditation and the association’s learning community.

    Melissa is currently a board member at the Maryland Center for Economic Policy. She also serves as co-chair for the United Philanthropy Forum's Program Committee and on the Funder's Planning Committee for the Frederick County Nonprofit Summit. She has served on committees for Independent Sector, the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers, the Frederick Giving Project, and numerous other nonprofits in her local community.

    Melissa is a self-professed nonprofit dork and accidental techie. She is passionate about organizing people and projects to promote social justice.

    Clare Larson

    Membership Relationship Manager

    PEAK Grantmaking

    Clare joins PEAK Grantmaking after spending over three years at Humentum, a global association supporting organizations in the international relief and development sector. She began there managing the enrollment in Humentum’s training programs and conferences. She transitioned to the role of membership engagement manager, where she was responsible for fostering collaboration across the membership community through learning and networking events. She is passionate about ensuring a seamless customer experience and connecting people with practical tools and resources.

    Clare graduated from Fordham University with a degree in International Political Economy and Middle East Studies. She grew up in New Jersey, but has family roots in the Midwest. Outside of work, she can be found spending as much time outside as possible planning her next travel adventure and singing along to ABBA songs.

    LaShonda Barnett

    Grants & Research Manager

    Dallas Women's Foundation

    LaShonda has been working in the non-profit arena for more than 15 years, the last ten of which have been in the area of foundation grants management. Her diverse educational background coupled with more than 10 years as an administrator has given her a broad knowledge base and unique perspective on various topics. She has a passion for public service and the innate ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of audiences. She has a strong customer service foundation, has worked in organizational fund development, has written and managed private and government grants for nonprofit organizations, has served as project manager on several large community-based education initiatives and currently serves on the Texas Regional Leadership Team of PEAK Grantmaking. LaShonda’s personal mission is to move individuals to take action to improve their own communities. She strongly believes we all have something positive to contribute and should seek to do so.

    ​Sue Fulton

    CFO

    Endowment for Health

    Candy Champion

    Grants Manager

    Turner Foundation, Inc.