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  • PEAK Grantmaking Membership Orientation Webinar

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    ​Are you interested in learning how to make the most of your membership this year? This webinar provides an overview of the many benefits and resources available to you as a PEAK Grantmaking member, tips for navigating CONNECT and LEARN, and upcoming initiatives for the year, including the launch of our Principles for Peak Grantmaking work. Original air date: May 2, 2019

    Are you interested in learning how to make the most of your membership this year? This webinar provides an overview of the many benefits and resources available to you as a PEAK Grantmaking member, tips for navigating CONNECT and LEARN, and upcoming initiatives for the year, including the launch of our Principles for Peak Grantmaking work.

    Original air date: May 2, 2019

    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.

    Sara Sanders

    Membership Director

    PEAK Grantmaking

    As PEAK Grantmaking’s membership director, Sara leads the organization’s efforts to build and grow our network of over 350 Organizations Members and our community of more than 4,000 grants management professionals, all with the goal of improving how grants get made throughout the philanthropic sector.

    Sara brings 10+ years of association experience in volunteer management, membership recruitment and retention,  stakeholder engagement, and relationship building.  For more than 2 of those years, she worked as PEAK Grantmaking’s regional chapter manager, during which time she collaborated with volunteer regional chapter officers to dramatically increase engagement and build volunteers as leaders.

    Sara started her career at the Department of Defense, training military voting assistance officers to help service members vote and ensuring ballots were sent on time to oversees citizens. She has also worked at the League of Women Voters and the School Nutrition Association.

    Sara earned a bachelor’s degree in history and criminal justice from The George Washington University. She loves spending time with her family, is an avid sports fan and museum enthusiast, enjoys hobbies like ice skating and knitting, and can’t wait for her next travel adventure.

    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.

    Carolyn Sosnowski

    E-Learning and Content Manager

    PEAK Grantmaking

    Carolyn J. Sosnowski joined PEAK Grantmaking in 2015. She designs and creates e-learning materials that support the development of experts and leaders in philanthropy. As part of that goal, Carolyn also curates and promotes content of interest to grants managers and manages online community engagement for the association.

    She has more than 20 years of experience working in both nonprofit and for-profit settings conducting research, managing information center services, and overseeing professional development and conference programming.

    Carolyn received a Master’s degree in Library & Information Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Virginia. Although she graduated from UVA with Tina Fey, their paths did not cross.

    What Carolyn likes to do in her spare time: travel with her family, especially to her native New York; bake (and eat) chocolate cake; and watch Jeopardy!, on which she was a contestant in 2008. No, she didn’t win.

    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.

  • Tying Grant Practices to Foundation Values

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    ON-DEMAND WEBINAR Many in the philanthropic 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. With this webinar, move from conversation to action. Learn from your peers at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation about the process they used to define a philosophy of grant practice that stems from their guiding principles and how they continue to question and revise their practices. Original air date: April 25, 2019

    Many in the philanthropic 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. With this webinar, move from conversation to action. Learn from your peers at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation about the process they used to define a philosophy of grant practice that stems from their guiding principles and how they continue to question and revise their practices.

    Thoughtfully examine how your values are reflected in practices and share questions and concerns with your peers. If you missed this session at the conference (it was packed!) take advantage of this encore presentation.

    Viewers will learn about:

    • Analyzing and codifying the relationship between a foundation’s grantmaking practice and its values
    • Questions and constraints on aligning foundation grantmaking practices and values
    • Working together toward greater alignment between foundation values and practices

    Original air date: April 25, 2019

    Webinar run time: 48 minutes

    ​Aimée Bruederle

    Grants Officer, Global Development and Population Program

    William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

    Aimée Bruederle is Grants Officer for the Global Development and Population program at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. She partners with program staff on the operational aspects of international grantmaking. Prior to joining the Hewlett Foundation, Aimée worked as a grants manager at the Tides Foundation. Aimée holds a bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis. In addition, she obtained a specialization in international business at the Copenhagen Business School. She earned her Master’s in Public Health with an emphasis on Women’s and Reproductive Health from Johns Hopkins University in May 2017.

    Brooke Treadwell

    Grants Officer

    William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

    Brooke Treadwell is a grants officer for the Education program at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. She is responsible for grantmaking operations, practices and data analysis across the foundation’s strategies for Open Educational Resources and K-12 Teaching and Learning.

    Brooke has over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, working most recently at UNESCO, where she implemented education policy reforms in Burma/Myanmar. Prior to that she was senior associate at the DeBoer Foundation where she managed a portfolio of grants supporting education and global development projects.

    Melissa Sines (Moderator)

    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.

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

    • 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.

  • Interpreting the 990 and Financials to Assess a Nonprofit’s Health

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Sharpen your skills on reading the Form 990, and learn how to assess the financial and organizational health of grantee organizations by analyzing the Form 990 and reviewing financial statements. Original air date: April 17, 2019

    Sharpen your skills on reading the Form 990, and learn how to assess the financial and organizational health of grantee organizations by analyzing the Form 990 and reviewing financial statements.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Identify key indicators of financial health
    • Learn to spot the red flags
    • Understand key elements of the balance sheet and profit and loss reports

    A program of the Florida Regional Chapter.

    Original air date: April 17, 2019

    Carol Wilson, ​CPA, MBA

    QuickBooks Advanced Certified ProAdvisor and Partner

    Care Accounting Services & Nonprofit Accounting Academy

    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.

  • Cross-Border Giving: A Legal and Practical Guide

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Cross-Border Giving features 17 authors offering insight on legal, ethical, and operational issues of international giving. Topics covered include: ethical grantmaking, the closing space for civil society, equivalency determination & expenditure responsibility, preparing for an audit, and much more. Publication date: 2018

    Cross-Border Giving features 17 authors offering insight on legal, ethical, and operational issues of international giving.  Topics covered include: ethical grantmaking, the closing space for civil society, equivalency determination & expenditure responsibility, preparing for an audit, and much more. 

    Publication date: 2018

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

    • Ethics, Integrity, and Accountability: Act with integrity and accountability.
    • Strategic Management: Promote organizational mission and goals and inspire colleagues to achieve them.

    Lifecycle of a Grant Competencies

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

  • PEAK Grantmaking 2019 Annual Meeting

    Contains 4 Component(s)

    PEAK Grantmaking's Annual Meeting of Membership took place on Thursday, April 4, 2019, at 2:00 pm ET. Staff and board members shared a summary of 2018, as well as information on current projects and future plans.

    PEAK Grantmaking's Annual Meeting of Membership took place on Thursday, April 4, 2019, at 2:00 pm ET. 

    Staff and board members shared a summary of 2018, as well as information on current projects and future plans.

  • Let's Talk General Operating Grants

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Session materials from PEAK2019.

    Session materials from PEAK2019.

    Take a deep dive into general operating grants. Nonprofits repeatedly request these funds. Yet many grantmakers don’t offer them, and those who do, define and approve general operating grants differently. This session will look at issues related to strategy, budget, eligibility, guidelines, applications, and evaluation for general operating grants. Speakers from a diverse set of foundations that award general operating grants will share their experiences with those grants. Participants will learn about the challenges of and current best practices for managing general operating grants.

    Participants will learn about:

    The need for general operating grants and how nonprofit use them

    Streamlining applications for general operating support

    Evaluating general operating grants

    Erin Baird

    Director of Grants

    Allegany Franciscan Ministries

    Erin is an experienced grant manager and program officer. She joined Allegany Franciscan Ministries back in 2000. In her role as director of grants, Erin oversees the administration of grant programs for the organization. She also serves as program officer for Allegany Community Out Reach (ACOR), All-Region and St. Clare grant programs. She maintains the web site, grants software, leads survey strategy, and supervises staff.

    Erin holds a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University in Foreign Service and a master’s degree in Agricultural Development from Texas A&M University. She also has a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Tampa.

    She enjoys volunteering with Girl Scouts of West Central Florida, traveling and watching her two girls play soccer.

    Anna Huynh

    Senior Grants Manager

    Sunlight Giving

    ​Jaime Dixon

    Program Officer - Community Investments

    Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg

    Ryan Rodriguez

    Grants Manager

    Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

    Ryan Rodriguez leads the grants management team, ensuring grant and scholarship applications are received and evaluated consistently and effectively. He is responsible for grant and scholarship reporting, analysis and monitoring, and the evaluation and continuous improvement of grant application systems and processes. Prior to joining to the Foundation, Ryan was a communications manager with the Coca-Cola Company, and before that led various aspects of the Coca-Cola Scholars Program for the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation for many years. Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Ryan has an undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of Mississippi and studied public administration and nonprofit management at Georgia State University.

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

    • 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.

    Lifecycle of a Grant Competencies

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

  • Make Your Values Mean Something

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    You can learn some important lessons from the few companies that have adopted meaningful corporate values. Whether their values stemmed directly from the vision and character of their founders or were developed later through formal programs, these companies all followed four basic imperatives in creating and implementing their values. An article from Harvard Business Review. Publication date: July 2002

    From Harvard Business Review: You can learn some important lessons from the few companies that have adopted meaningful corporate values. Whether their values stemmed directly from the vision and character of their founders or were developed later through formal programs, these companies all followed four basic imperatives in creating and implementing their values: understand the different types of values, be aggressively authentic, own the process, and weave core values into everything.

    Publication date: July 2002

    Patrick M. Lencioni

    Founder and President

    Table Group

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

    • Ethics, Integrity, and Accountability: Act with integrity and accountability.
    • 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.

    Lifecycle of a Grant Competencies

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

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

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    This post identifies five major shifts over the past two decades around administrative functions, compliance, transparency, impact measurement, and technology. Publication date: January 17, 2019

    This post identifies five major shifts over the past two decades around administrative functions, compliance, transparency, impact measurement, and technology.

    Publication date: January 17, 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.
    • 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.

  • GEO: Our Culture

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    In this guide, GEO poses a set of questions to help grantmakers begin a conversation about their culture and explore ways that culture shows up and affects the work of their organization. October 22, 2015

    In this guide, GEO poses a set of questions to help grantmakers begin a conversation about their culture and explore ways that culture shows up and affects the work of their organization.

    October 22, 2015

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

    • 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.

  • GEO: Translating Values into Practice

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Part of GEO's Culture Resource Guide is this conversation starter on values. Publication date: July 3, 2018

    Part of GEO's Culture Resource Guide is this conversation starter on values.

    Publication date: July 3, 2018

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

    • 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.