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How to Measure a Drop in the BucketContains 1 Component(s)
A blog post by Erik Josephson on the impact of small grants. Publication date: March 15, 2016
How often do we as grants professionals think about small grants, even if we work mainly in that area of the funding spectrum? How often do we stop and think about the impact a small grant can have?
Senior Grants and Contracts Administrator
Capital Impact Partners
How to Successfully Create Higher Value & ImpactContains 1 Component(s)
Blog post on belief systems, behaviors, and high-value contribution by Wendy Watson-Hallowell. Publication date: February 24, 2016
What is the secret to being seen as a highly valued and impactful contributor? What if it isn’t just our behaviors that make a difference, but the beliefs behind those behaviors?
Wendy is passionate about enabling individuals, organizations and communities to value themselves and each other in the ongoing process of change. She has guided hundreds of individuals and over 750+ public and private sector organizations to achieve tangible increases in impact and performance. Wendy’s skills have been honed in leadership and mentoring roles at MTV Networks, The Rensselaerville Institute, and the nonprofit she runs in her town. In 2015 she became The Belief Coach and offers Belief Coaching as a way to address the root cause of what limits the results we can achieve both personally and professionally. This is an 'upstream' solution to change. Instead of changing limiting behavior, she focuses on changing the limiting beliefs that drive that behavior. In all cases, her clients and partners speak to the specific increases in achievement that her consulting, coaching and partnership roles make possible.
Impact MeasurementContains 1 Component(s)
A blog post by Jason Ricci on the challenges of measuring impact. Publication date: March 4, 2016
How do you know you’re making an impact?
This has become one of the most frequently asked questions by philanthropic leaders in recent years. Perhaps the question gets asked so often because a simple answer is elusive. There is no silver bullet.
Cofounder and CEO
In Other Words, the Budgets Are Fake: Why One Funder Eliminated Grantee Budgets to Improve Financial Due DiligenceContains 1 Component(s)
The following is an article published in The Foundation Review in collaboration with GMN (now PEAK Grantmaking).
What is one of the worst kept secrets in philanthropy? Grantee budgets are fake. Grant managers and program officers spend hours each docket working with grantees to develop well-crafted budgets designed to move through the decision-making process with as few questions as possible. Why? The most common answers are that we believe the budgets tell us something about an organization and their ability to carry out the work; the budget review process helps us assess a group’s overall comfort with financial management; and financial information helps us prevent or detect fraud and misuse.
Molly Schultz Hafid
Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock
Founder & Chief Fun Officer
Fun with Financials
In Pursuit of Better Outcomes Through Transparency-Fueled AdaptabilityContains 1 Component(s)
A blog post by Don S. Doering on transparency in grantmaking. Publication date: March 30, 2015
Strategies for using transparency as a lynch pin to greater philanthropic impact through better project management and grantee relationships: transparency for adaptability rather than accountability.
Don S. Doering
JRS Biodiversity Foundation
Increasing Your Emotional IntelligenceContains 1 Component(s)
A blog post that presents an overview of emotional intelligence by Grayce Belvedere Young. Includes an outline of the twelve emotional intelligence competencies and resources for additional reading. Publication date: September 28, 2015
The Emotional Intelligence (EQ) framework was outlined in the 1970’s and has continued to evolve to today. The framework is 12 competencies that are divided into 4 quadrants: Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, and Relationship Management. And the beauty of this framework is that everyone can grow in these 12 competencies.
The heart of the EQ framework is self-awareness which asks you to know yourself first. It is tuning in to your thoughts and feelings about situations and people as that influences how your respond and engage with others.
Grayce Belvedere Young
Lily Pad Consulting
Learning and Evaluation, A ConversationContains 1 Component(s)
Michelle Greanias, executive director at PEAK Grantmaking, and Kathleen Enright, founding president and CEO of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, discuss some critical questions about philanthropy’s use of and approach to evaluation. Publication date: June 2015
This conversation, published in PEAK Insight Journal, explores the evaluation process, data analysis, information sharing, and outcomes.
Digital Media Specialist
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Learning with Diverse Communities Through Culturally Responsive EvaluationContains 1 Component(s)
It is critical in an evaluation to bring a culturally responsive lens to ensure that diverse communities have their voices included in the evaluation. Publication date: August 2015
In this PEAK Insight Journal article based on a conference presentation, the author details considerations for a culturally responsive evaluation process.
Program Specialist in Organizational Effectiveness and Philanthropy
Lessons and Advice for New SystemsContains 1 Component(s)
A blog post that explores the process of implementing a new grants management system by Dr. Streamline, Jessica Bearman. An interview with Gwyneth Tripp. Part 2 of 2. The first post is called "Follow the Yellow Brick Road to a New Online System." Publication date: October 26, 2015
Mapping your grantmaking process and keeping your goals in mind are two suggestions for successfully completing an implementation.
Read part one, "Follow the Yellow Brick Road to a New Online System."
JESSICA BEARMAN (Bearman Consulting) works with foundations and other mission-based organizations, focusing on organization development, facilitation, planning, and project R&D to help them become more intentional, effective, and responsive to communities.
Jessica has been the lead consultant to PEAK Grantmaking’s Project Streamline since its inception, helping grantmakers to understand and minimize the burden of their application and reporting practices.Prior to her work in philanthropy, Jessica spent nine years in the nonprofit sector, where she experienced plenty of mystifying requirements. She has a Masters in Organization Development from American University/National Training Laboratory. Jessica loves living on an organic farm in Idaho with her husband, two wild boys, forty philosophical chickens, and thousands of industrious bees.
Looking at Clouds from Many SidesContains 1 Component(s)
Cloud and data solutions in grants management. Publication date: August 2012
We believe that the path to sustainable cloud adoption should be workflow-oriented. Think in terms of moving specific sets of related business processes to a centralized setting. Inventory your organization’s categories of technology-supported processes operations, finance, communications, project management, grants management and identify those areas where the cloud offers potential for substantial productivity gain.