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  • Rethinking Your Strategy to Maximize Your Impact

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    ​As companies are increasingly expected to make a difference in the world and solve serious social problems, more eyes are on their community investment programs than ever before. “Business as usual” is no longer enough, especially since investors, customers and employees all expect a company’s CSR efforts to be authentic. Watch this webinar with Benevity--featuring their clients Kroger, Albertsons, and Farmers Insurance--to learn how these companies realigned their granting strategy and saw their community impact grow. Original air date: November 18, 2020

    As companies are increasingly expected to make a difference in the world and solve serious social problems, more eyes are on their community investment programs than ever before. “Business as usual” is no longer enough, especially since investors, customers and employees all expect a company’s CSR efforts to be authentic.

    Watch this webinar with Benevity--featuring their clients Kroger, Albertsons, and Farmers Insurance--to learn how these companies realigned their granting strategy and saw their community impact grow. You’ll learn:

    • Why they reconsidered their granting strategy
    • What their key learnings were throughout their journey and the change management that it required
    • How they never could imagine the impact they created

    This webinar was sponsored by Benevity.

    Original air date: November 18, 2020

    ​Christy Duncan-Anderson

    Executive Director

    Albertsons

    ​Sunny Reelhorn Parr

    Executive Director

    Kroger Foundation

    ​Courtney Vandermause

    Corporate Citizenship Program Manager

    Farmers Insurance

    ​Janelle St. Omer (Moderator)

    Regional Vice President

    Benevity 

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

    • 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.

    Lifecycle of a Grant Competencies

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

    Principles for Peak Grantmaking

    Learn, Share, Evolve - Contribute to building sector-wide knowledge and seek wisdom from others pursuing change and impact. 


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      • Individual Member - Free!
      • Organization Member - Free!
      • Consultant (Sole) - Free!
      • Consultant (Firm) - Free!
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  • Planning in Uncertain Times: How to Apply Takeaways from 2020 to Your 2021 Grantmaking Strategies

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    ​Even in the most structured and stable of times, yearly planning can feel overwhelming for any foundation. And when you’re a funder who is closing in on the final months of 2020, a year that has brought with it numerous challenges and upsets, this process becomes even more challenging. But make no mistake, 2020 has revealed some key lessons and takeaways that any funder can use as a resource to plan for the new year. To start, the Fluxx team surveyed leading national and international funders on the lessons they took away from 2020 and how they use them to plan for 2021. Watch this webinar hosted by PEAK Grantmaking to discover the key takeaways from this study and hear directly from The Colorado Health Foundation on how they prepare their end-year reports and strategize for the future. Original air date: November 19, 2020

    Even in the most structured and stable of times, yearly planning can feel overwhelming for any foundation. And when you’re a funder who is closing in on the final months of 2020, a year that has brought with it numerous challenges and upsets, this process becomes even more challenging. But make no mistake, 2020 has revealed some key lessons and takeaways that any funder can use as a resource to plan for the new year.

    To start, the Fluxx team surveyed leading national and international funders on the lessons they took away from 2020 and how they use them to plan for 2021. Watch this webinar hosted by PEAK Grantmaking to discover the key takeaways from this study and hear directly from The Colorado Health Foundation on how they prepare their end-year reports and strategize for the future.

    You'll learn--

    • Key lessons and trending takeaways for the 2020 grantmaking year
    • Steps you can take to successfully and efficiently plan for the 2021 grantmaking year
    • Lessons from The Colorado Health Foundation

    This webinar was sponsored by Fluxx.

    Original air date: November 19, 2020

    Kristy Gannon

    CEO

    Fluxx

    Sara Guillaume

    Senior Director of Grantmaking Operations

    Colorado Health Foundation

    Sara is passionate about building stronger communities and helping people thrive. She has been in the grantmaking field for more than 15 years. Prior to joining the Colorado Health Foundation in 2008, Sara administered federal and local grant funds, and provided consulting services to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations.

    Sara is responsible for leading the operations related to the Foundation’s complete grantmaking process, from application to final report. She oversees a team that is focused on compliance, the customer experience, process design, and grant data reporting. She works collaboratively across the organization to design programs and systems that align the Foundation’s operations with its strategy. 

    As a lifelong Coloradan, Sara has a BA in Psychology from the University of Colorado and a Master of Nonprofit Management from Denver's Regis University. She is a Stanford University Certified Project Manager, and has a black belt in Process Improvement.

    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.

    Principles for Peak Grantmaking

    Learn, Share, Evolve - Contribute to building sector-wide knowledge and seek wisdom from others pursuing change and impact. 

    LEARN MORE >>

    • Register
      • Non-member - Free!
      • Individual Member - Free!
      • Organization Member - Free!
      • Consultant (Sole) - Free!
      • Consultant (Firm) - Free!
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  • Community Conversation | Reimagining Grantmaking

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    The ways in which philanthropy has interpreted the concepts of risk, trust, and equity continue to drive the processes and practices that dictate what is required in order to get money to grantees and communities. Yet, as grantmakers shift to rapid-response funding in the global pandemic and the outcry for racial justice, these processes and practices have been called into question. In the fall edition of the PEAK Grantmaking Journal, we highlight all the ways in which the conventional wisdom of “how to make grants” is being upended – and the questions being raised about why, and how, philanthropy can change its notions of what risk, trust, and equity mean in order to meet the challenges of this moment, and evolve to realize its full potential. Review this open forum around how grants management professionals are reimagining grantmaking to meet the moment, and planning long-term for the future. We reflect back on 2020, the changes you made, and the changes you’d like to keep moving forward –- and how. Original air date: November 17, 2020

    The ways in which philanthropy has interpreted the concepts of risk, trust, and equity continue to drive the processes and practices that dictate what is required in order to get money to grantees and communities. Yet, as grantmakers shift to rapid-response funding in the global pandemic and the outcry for racial justice, these processes and practices have been called into question.

    In the fall edition of the PEAK Grantmaking Journalwe highlight all the ways in which the conventional wisdom of “how to make grants” is being upended – and the questions being raised about why, and how, philanthropy can change its notions of what risk, trust, and equity mean in order to meet the challenges of this moment, and evolve to realize its full potential.

    Review this open forum around how grants management professionals are reimagining grantmaking to meet the moment, and planning long-term for the future. We reflect back on 2020, the changes you made, and the changes you’d like to keep moving forward –- and how.

    Original air date: November 17, 2020

    ​Satonya Fair

    President & CEO

    PEAK Grantmaking

    Satonya Fair joined PEAK Grantmaking as the organization’s first President and CEO in August 2020.

    As President and CEO, Satonya works closely with the Board and staff to articulate and implement a vision for the future of PEAK, ensuring a values-driven approach in which equity, diversity, inclusion, awareness of power dynamics in the craft of philanthropy, and a commitment to learning, sharing, and evolving, are integrated and operationalized in the organizational strategy. She is dedicated to engaging PEAK membership and building the organizational value proposition, while also cultivating strong partnerships with philanthropy-serving organizations and the broader philanthropic sector as an ambassador, thought leader, and collaborator. During her tenure, she hopes to strengthen internal infrastructure, grow and diversity PEAK’s funding base, and support an inspired and dynamic staff team while fostering inclusivity, shared values, and high performance.

    Satonya brings 25+ years of experience working in nonprofit and philanthropic roles. Prior to joining PEAK, she served as Vice President and Chief Philanthropy Officer at The Executive Leadership Council where she developed and launched a philanthropic engagement strategy and funding pillars for the organization. Previously, she was Director of Grants Management at The Annie E. Casey Foundation where she oversaw grant operations, and served in management roles at Citi, supporting community relations and foundation giving.

    Satonya earned her JD from the University of Cincinnati and her bachelor’s degree in psychology and political science from Miami University (Ohio). She is a graduate of the Career Pathways executive leadership program at the Council on Foundations (Cohort 3) and is a certified Prosci Change Management practitioner.

    She is an active volunteer, including former board service with PEAK Grantmaking, the Technology Association of Grantmakers and Maryland Philanthropy Network. She enjoys family and friend time, traveling abroad, tennis, a great British detective show, baking, and her love language is organization.

    Elizabeth Guthrie

    Conference and Events Manager

    PEAK Grantmaking

    As Conference and Events Manager, Elizabeth manages the virtual and in-person convenings that bring PEAK Grantmaking’s members together for mutual learning and support.

    Elizabeth brings 10 years of experience working in nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining PEAK, Elizabeth served as a Senior Advisor at Ipas, where she supported and led efforts to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights through policy advocacy and community engagement programming. At Ipas, Elizabeth discovered her love for facilitation, and specialized in developing and delivering advocacy strategy development and values clarification workshops. She believes that when people come together to discern common values and develop a plan for aligning actions with those values, powerful things are possible.

    Elizabeth has a bachelor’s degree in Literature from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, a master’s degree in Theatre History from Bowling Green State University, and an MPH in Community Health Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

    If you would like her to nerd out, ask her about the book she’s reading, theatre for social change, community health, the UN human rights treaty monitoring body system, facilitation techniques, intersectional feminism, or reproductive justice.

    Elizabeth has lived in North Carolina almost her entire life, so she was raised to have very strong opinions about basketball and barbecue. Outside of work, she can be found puttering in the garden with her enormous dog or travelling with her husband.

    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.

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

    • Strategic Management: Promote organizational mission and goals and inspire colleagues to achieve them.

    Principles for Peak Grantmaking

    Learn, Share, Evolve - Contribute to building sector-wide knowledge and seek wisdom from others pursuing change and impact. 

    LEARN MORE >>

  • The State of Philanthropy Tech: Understanding the Landscape

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    As traditional grantmaking practices are being up-ended with the global pandemic and renewed energy around racial, social, and economic justice, what’s taking tech so long to catch up? PEAK, Technology Association of Grantmakers, GrantAdvisor, and Grantbook put together Philanthropy, Tech & Equity, a four-part series illuminating how philanthropy can leverage technology to drive equitable grantmaking practices and build a social justice movement, step by step. We guarantee to satisfy secret (and not-so-secret) accidental techies, data nerds, and tech futurists alike as we take you on a learning journey around philanthropy, technology, and equity.​ A key principle in social justice work is to understand the context. Hot off the presses, the TAG’s State of Philanthropy Tech Report is here! Combined with our release of the 2020 Consumers Guide to Grants Management Systems, we’ve got experts ready to help you understand and navigate your options in grantmaking systems. Learn about the latest technology practices, tools, and perceptions in philanthropy, DEI practices, and need-to-knows about technology strategy and budget updates due to COVID-19. Original air date: November 5, 2020

    As traditional grantmaking practices are being up-ended with the global pandemic and renewed energy around racial, social, and economic justice, what’s taking tech so long to catch up? PEAK, Technology Association of Grantmakers, GrantAdvisor, and Grantbook put together Philanthropy, Tech & Equity, a four-part series illuminating how philanthropy can leverage technology to drive equitable grantmaking practices and build a social justice movement, step by step. We guarantee to satisfy secret (and not-so-secret) accidental techies, data nerds, and tech futurists alike as we take you on a learning journey around philanthropy, technology, and equity.

    A key principle in social justice work is to understand the context. Hot off the presses, the TAG’s State of Philanthropy Tech Report is here! Combined with our release of the 2020 Consumers Guide to Grants Management Systems, we’ve got experts ready to help you understand and navigate your options in grantmaking systems. Learn about the latest technology practices, tools, and perceptions in philanthropy, DEI practices, and need-to-knows about technology strategy and budget updates due to COVID-19.

    Original air date: November 5, 2020

    Chantal Forster

    Executive Director

    Technology Affinity Group (TAG)

    Wendye Mingo

    Managing Director, Information Technology

    Kresge Foundation

    Amadie Hart

    President

    Hart Strategic Marketing

    Chris Worman

    Vice President of Alliances and Program Development,

    TechSoup

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

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

    Principles for Peak Grantmaking

    Steward Responsively - Manage all entrusted resources—people, finances, reputation, time—with care to balance stewardship with an agile approach to risk. 


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  • When Disaster Strikes: Responsive, Values-Driven Grantmaking Strategies for Emergencies

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    ​Increasingly, climate change is having a serious effect on the occurrence of disasters worldwide. Everywhere that disasters strike, they exacerbate existing social and economic conditions, affecting the most vulnerable for days, weeks, months, and even years to come. The COVID-19 pandemic is no different. The Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF), the community foundation serving the 13-parish region of Southeast Louisiana, was forever changed by Hurricane Katrina, gaining first-hand perspective on this perpetual state of vulnerability. Guided by a disaster strategy which is anchored in equity, resiliency, and sustainability, GNOF was able to rally quickly and respond to the COVID-19 crisis. Whether or not your organization funds disaster relief, you will benefit from practical lessons in grantmaking practices that support the nonprofit sector’s sustainability during and after a disaster. Original air date: November 10, 2020

    Increasingly, climate change is having a serious effect on the occurrence of disasters worldwide. Everywhere that disasters strike, they exacerbate existing social and economic conditions, affecting the most vulnerable for days, weeks, months, and even years to come. The COVID-19 pandemic is no different.

    The Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF), the community foundation serving the 13-parish region of Southeast Louisiana, was forever changed by Hurricane Katrina, gaining first-hand perspective on this perpetual state of vulnerability. Guided by a disaster strategy which is anchored in equity, resiliency, and sustainability, GNOF was able to rally quickly and respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

    Whether or not your organization funds disaster relief, you will benefit from practical lessons in grantmaking practices that support the nonprofit sector’s sustainability during and after a disaster.

    Original air date: November 10, 2020

    Carmen James Randolph

    ​Vice President for Programs

    Greater New Orleans Foundation

    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

    • 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.

    Principles for Peak Grantmaking

    Steward Responsively - Manage all entrusted resources—people, finances, reputation, time—with care to balance stewardship with an agile approach to risk. 


    LEARN MORE >>

  • Equitable Tech: How Technology and Data Impact Equitable Outcomes

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    As traditional grantmaking practices are being up-ended with the global pandemic and renewed energy around racial, social, and economic justice, what’s taking tech so long to catch up? PEAK, Technology Association of Grantmakers, GrantAdvisor, and Grantbook put together Philanthropy, Tech & Equity, a four-part series illuminating how philanthropy can leverage technology to drive equitable grantmaking practices and build a social justice movement, step by step. We guarantee to satisfy secret (and not-so-secret) accidental techies, data nerds, and tech futurists alike as we take you on a learning journey around philanthropy, technology, and equity. Principle #3 in social justice work: Apply an equity lens. Or, even better, get that equity Lasik. Once we understand our community and the landscape we work within, we need to start asking some tough questions. This thought-leader session explores all the ways that technology and data can help – or hinder – our equity goals. You’ll walk away with concrete action steps for examining your own technology frame. Original air date: November 12, 2020

    As traditional grantmaking practices are being up-ended with the global pandemic and renewed energy around racial, social, and economic justice, what’s taking tech so long to catch up? PEAK, Technology Association of Grantmakers, GrantAdvisor, and Grantbook put together Philanthropy, Tech & Equity, a four-part series illuminating how philanthropy can leverage technology to drive equitable grantmaking practices and build a social justice movement, step by step. We guarantee to satisfy secret (and not-so-secret) accidental techies, data nerds, and tech futurists alike as we take you on a learning journey around philanthropy, technology, and equity.

    Principle #3 in social justice work: Apply an equity lens. Or, even better, get that equity Lasik. Once we understand our community and the landscape we work within, we need to start asking some tough questions. This thought-leader session explores all the ways that technology and data can help – or hinder – our equity goals. You’ll walk away with concrete action steps for examining your own technology frame.

    Original air date: November 12, 2020

    Carly Hare

    National Director/Coalition Catalyst

    CHANGE Philanthropy

    Rebecca Van Sickle

    Managing Partner

    1892 consulting

    Since 2001, Rebecca Van Sickle has worked for private and corporate foundations managing and leading grants management strategy, delivering technology solutions, coordinating grants process and policy changes and guiding efforts in knowledge management and data analysis. As the Director of Grants Management at the Atlantic Philanthropies, Rebecca led a year-long grants management system selection and implementation process that involved evaluating Atlantic’s grantmaking processes and adapting them to an online workflow. While at Atlantic, Rebecca also spearheaded an initiative to streamline the grant payment process, moving the foundation to electronic payments through a secure file transfer. Rebecca Van Sickle received her B.S. from Northwestern University and her M.B.A. from Cornell University. She is also a former Board Member of PEAK Grantmaking.

    TeQuion Brookins

    Director of Operations

    McGregor Fund

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in grantmaking practices.
    • Technology Management: Apply technology solutions to grantmaking to support grantmaker applicant, and grantee success.

    Principles for Peak Grantmaking

    Drive Equity - Build grantmaking practices and policies that minimize bias and support decisions that promote justice, inclusion, and equity.

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  • The Board Member Journey (PEAK SoCal)

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    ​Have you wondered what it is like to serve on a nonprofit board of directors? Do you have questions such as, Which non-profit board should I serve on? What are the requirements of board membership? and How can I be part of changing culture? Watch this conversation with three grants management professionals who are also actively engaged as nonprofit board members. During the session, speakers provided insight on how they navigate the unique challenges of their positions while also serving the community. Original air date: October 27, 2020

    Have you wondered what it is like to serve on a nonprofit board of directors? Do you have questions such as, Which non-profit board should I serve on? What are the requirements of board membership? and How can I be part of changing culture?

    Watch this conversation with three grants management professionals who are also actively engaged as nonprofit board members. During the session, speakers provided insight on how they navigate the unique challenges of their positions while also serving the community.

    Original air date: October 27, 2020

    Allison Gister

    Director, Grants and Knowledge Management

    Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

    Allison Gister leads the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s grants management team, overseeing systems and applying best practices for effective, efficient, and knowledgeable grantmaking that aligns with Foundation requirements and complies with IRS regulations. She also partners with leadership and others to further develop an innovative knowledge management strategy to foster learning, communication, and decision making.

    Prior to joining the foundation, Gister spent more than eight years at the Annenberg Foundation, most recently serving as grants manager, where she also provided programmatic support to members of the board of directors. Gister earned a bachelor’s degree in History from Washington University in St. Louis, and is currently pursuing a master’s of science in social entrepreneurship degree at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business.

    Amber Lopez Gamble

    ​Director of Grants Management

    The California Wellness Foundation

    Elizabeth Tabita

    ​Director of Grant Operations

    The California Endowment

    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.
    • Strategic Management: Promote organizational mission and goals and inspire colleagues to achieve them.

    Principles for Peak Grantmaking

    Learn, Share, Evolve - Contribute to building sector-wide knowledge and seek wisdom from others pursuing change and impact. 

    LEARN MORE >>

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      • Non-member - Free!
      • Individual Member - Free!
      • Organization Member - Free!
      • Consultant (Sole) - Free!
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  • Using Data to Assess Your Grantmaking Practice

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    ​Grantmakers evaluate what and who we fund, but often forget to evaluate HOW we make grants, and whether our grantmaking practices are as effective as they can be. Practices matter. Your grantmaking practices are one of the most public – and sometimes one of the only – expressions of your organizational values that grantseekers experience. This workshop will help you consider ways to assess those practices, using data you likely already have or can easily get. Original air date: October 21, 2020​

    Grantmakers evaluate what and who we fund, but often forget to evaluate HOW we make grants, and whether our grantmaking practices are as effective as they can be. Practices matter. Your grantmaking practices are one of the most public – and sometimes one of the only – expressions of your organizational values that grantseekers experience.

    This workshop will help you consider ways to assess those practices, using data you likely already have or can easily get.

    • Learn about the types of data that grants management systems can, and do, collect.
    • Review common questions that can be answered with data you already have.
    • Develop a plan to use data to improve practice.

    Original air date: October 21, 2020

    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.

    Altinay Cortes

    Chapter Manager

    PEAK Grantmaking

    As PEAK Grantmaking’s chapter manager, Altinay supports grants management professionals within PEAK’s 14 regional chapters. A trained social worker, Altinay considers herself to be a connector of people to ideas, tools, opportunities, and resources. She is passionate about fostering strong networks and communities that promote positively changing society. Throughout her career, Altinay has worked in multiple philanthropic, higher education, and social services positions serving diverse communities, especially racial and ethnic minorities and/or individuals from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

    Prior to joining PEAK Grantmaking, Altinay was a consultant at Equal Measure, a philanthropic services organization. Altinay served as a core team member on the evaluation capacity-building plan for the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, and the National Public Education Support Fund’s Partnership for the Future of Learning. She also served as a member of the Coordination Hub team for the National Science Foundation’s INCLUDES initiative and Equal Measure’s evaluation of the California Endowment’s Sons & Brothers initiative. Additionally, Altinay worked with the Pew Charitable Trusts on an initiative to improve college access and success for Hispanic immigrants.

    Altinay earned her Master of Social Work from Fordham University and B.A. in Social Work from Rutgers University.

    Altinay is an avid traveler and enjoys exploring in the U.S. and abroad. She’s also a natural organizer: Ask her about ways to organize any space! Whether in the office or at home, Altinay believes there is a place for every item. She has a deep admiration for efficient use of space and time.

    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.
      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.

    Principles for Peak Grantmaking

    Learn, Share, Evolve - Contribute to building sector-wide knowledge and seek wisdom from others pursuing change and impact. 

    LEARN MORE >>

  • Listening to Stakeholders: Focus on Nonprofit User Experience

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    As traditional grantmaking practices are being up-ended with the global pandemic and renewed energy around racial, social, and economic justice, what’s taking tech so long to catch up? Philanthropy, Tech & Equity is a four-part series from PEAK, Technology Association of Grantmakers, GrantAdvisor, and Grantbook that illuminates how philanthropy can leverage technology to drive equitable grantmaking practices and build a social justice movement, step by step. We guarantee to satisfy secret (and not-so-secret) accidental techies, data nerds, and tech futurists alike as we take you on a learning journey around philanthropy, technology, and equity. The first key principle of social justice work: Start with community. We kicked off this series by hearing from the primary beneficiaries of philanthropy tech--nonprofits. GrantAdvisor, an anonymous tool where nonprofits can leave feedback for their funders, has been tracking what they really think about your online systems, and it’s not all awesome. Our speakers have some lived experience to share. You'll also hear from a grantmaker who listened, and did something about it! Original air date: October 13, 2020

    As traditional grantmaking practices are being up-ended with the global pandemic and renewed energy around racial, social, and economic justice, what’s taking tech so long to catch up? Philanthropy, Tech & Equity is a four-part series from PEAK, Technology Association of Grantmakers, GrantAdvisor, and Grantbook that illuminates how philanthropy can leverage technology to drive equitable grantmaking practices and build a social justice movement, step by step. We guarantee to satisfy secret (and not-so-secret) accidental techies, data nerds, and tech futurists alike as we take you on a learning journey around philanthropy, technology, and equity.

    The first key principle of social justice work: Start with community. We kicked off this series by hearing from the primary beneficiaries of philanthropy tech--nonprofits. GrantAdvisor, an anonymous tool where nonprofits can leave feedback for their funders, has been tracking what they really think about your online systems, and it’s not all awesome. Our speakers have some lived experience to share. You'll also hear from a grantmaker who listened, and did something about it!

    Original air date: October 13, 2020

    Kari Aanestad

    Co-Director

    GrantAdvisor

    Rhonda McGee

    Information Systems Manager

    Kalamazoo Community Foundation

    James Law

    Director, Innovation & Business Development

    Grantbook

    ​Satonya Fair (Moderator)

    President & CEO

    PEAK Grantmaking

    Satonya Fair joined PEAK Grantmaking as the organization’s first President and CEO in August 2020.

    As President and CEO, Satonya works closely with the Board and staff to articulate and implement a vision for the future of PEAK, ensuring a values-driven approach in which equity, diversity, inclusion, awareness of power dynamics in the craft of philanthropy, and a commitment to learning, sharing, and evolving, are integrated and operationalized in the organizational strategy. She is dedicated to engaging PEAK membership and building the organizational value proposition, while also cultivating strong partnerships with philanthropy-serving organizations and the broader philanthropic sector as an ambassador, thought leader, and collaborator. During her tenure, she hopes to strengthen internal infrastructure, grow and diversity PEAK’s funding base, and support an inspired and dynamic staff team while fostering inclusivity, shared values, and high performance.

    Satonya brings 25+ years of experience working in nonprofit and philanthropic roles. Prior to joining PEAK, she served as Vice President and Chief Philanthropy Officer at The Executive Leadership Council where she developed and launched a philanthropic engagement strategy and funding pillars for the organization. Previously, she was Director of Grants Management at The Annie E. Casey Foundation where she oversaw grant operations, and served in management roles at Citi, supporting community relations and foundation giving.

    Satonya earned her JD from the University of Cincinnati and her bachelor’s degree in psychology and political science from Miami University (Ohio). She is a graduate of the Career Pathways executive leadership program at the Council on Foundations (Cohort 3) and is a certified Prosci Change Management practitioner.

    She is an active volunteer, including former board service with PEAK Grantmaking, the Technology Association of Grantmakers and Maryland Philanthropy Network. She enjoys family and friend time, traveling abroad, tennis, a great British detective show, baking, and her love language is organization.

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

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

    Principles for Peak Grantmaking

    Narrow the Power Gap - Use practices and policies to help narrow the power gap between grantmakers and grantseekers, and value equally the resources each brings to their partnerships and use practices and policies to help narrow the power gap.


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  • The Evolving Role of Grants Management

    Contains 4 Component(s)

    ​The role and function of grants management continues to evolve in organizations across the philanthropic sector, especially in response to current events. As a grants management professional, you are performing new roles, broadening your responsibilities, and expanding your impact throughout your organization. This time of rapid change requires you to develop new skills, communicate differently, and look ahead to the future. Speakers discuss 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.

    The role and function of grants management continues to evolve in organizations across the philanthropic sector, especially in response to current events. As a grants management professional, you are performing new roles, broadening your responsibilities, and expanding your impact throughout your organization. This time of rapid change requires you to develop new skills, communicate differently, and look ahead to the future.

    Speakers discuss 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 how to

    • audit your individual role and 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; and
    • promote the benefits of change to your organization’s leadership.

    The workshop was a joint program of PEAK Mideast and Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania (GWP).

    Original air date: October 7, 2020

    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.

    Altinay Cortes

    Chapter Manager

    PEAK Grantmaking

    As PEAK Grantmaking’s chapter manager, Altinay supports grants management professionals within PEAK’s 14 regional chapters. A trained social worker, Altinay considers herself to be a connector of people to ideas, tools, opportunities, and resources. She is passionate about fostering strong networks and communities that promote positively changing society. Throughout her career, Altinay has worked in multiple philanthropic, higher education, and social services positions serving diverse communities, especially racial and ethnic minorities and/or individuals from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

    Prior to joining PEAK Grantmaking, Altinay was a consultant at Equal Measure, a philanthropic services organization. Altinay served as a core team member on the evaluation capacity-building plan for the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, and the National Public Education Support Fund’s Partnership for the Future of Learning. She also served as a member of the Coordination Hub team for the National Science Foundation’s INCLUDES initiative and Equal Measure’s evaluation of the California Endowment’s Sons & Brothers initiative. Additionally, Altinay worked with the Pew Charitable Trusts on an initiative to improve college access and success for Hispanic immigrants.

    Altinay earned her Master of Social Work from Fordham University and B.A. in Social Work from Rutgers University.

    Altinay is an avid traveler and enjoys exploring in the U.S. and abroad. She’s also a natural organizer: Ask her about ways to organize any space! Whether in the office or at home, Altinay believes there is a place for every item. She has a deep admiration for efficient use of space and time.

    ​Dolores Estrada

    Chief Operating Officer

    PEAK Grantmaking

    As COO of PEAK Grantmaking, Dolores manages day-to-day operations – ensuring that our members and funders receive timely responses to inquiries and that staff have the resources they need to work successfully on behalf of members. Dolores also oversees the efforts of PEAK’s Membership and Communications teams, as they engage more grants management professionals in improving grantmaking practices. In addition, she lends her expertise to the development, implementation, and assessment of the association’s strategic plans.

    Prior to joining PEAK Grantmaking, Dolores was director of grant operations at The California Endowment, where she was responsible for oversight of the administrative functions and policies of the foundation’s online grant-making, program planning, strategic planning, assessment, and operations. Dolores managed the Endowment’s collection of grantee diversity data and represented the foundation as a subject matter expert on philanthropic best practices at conferences. In addition, Dolores has extensive experience managing information systems and tax compliance.

    A resident of Los Angeles, Dolores was the recipient of the 2009 Emerging Leader Award from the Joint Affinity Group, and she serves on the board of the Southern California Leadership Network. Dolores earned a master’s degree in Liberal Studies, with an emphasis on International Relations, from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in History from California State University.

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

    • 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.

    Principles for Peak Grantmaking

    Tie Practices to Values - Link grantmaking practices with grantmaker values, integrating values throughout every aspect of grantmaking, to walk the talk and propel the mission.

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