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  • Sharing the Success Means Sharing the Bumps Along the Way

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    An article that explores improvements in tracking outcomes. Publication date: August 2015

    Through PropelNext, Colorado Youth for a Change received everything they were missing in those early years — financial support, performance management system support and support in organizational capacity building. With EMCF’s assistance, CYC has enhanced their performance management system to one where they can now track students through graduation. From PEAK Insight Journal.

    ​Mary Zanotti

    Executive Director

    Colorado Youth for a Change

  • Source Codes of Foundation Culture and Streamlining Imperatives

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    If we’re going to succeed in our change efforts, those efforts must be informed by a deeper look at the way shared aspects of organizational culture shape and constrain the ways that foundations act, including resistance to streamlining their operations. Publication date: November 2015

    In this article from PEAK Insight Journal, Tom David explores foundation culture. He is the co-author of The Source Codes of Foundation Culture, a report published by Grantmakers for Effective Organizations.

    ​Tom David

    advisor on program strategy and design, organizational learning, and evaluation

  • Storytelling with Data for Grants Managers

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    There is a story in your data, but do you know how to tell it? Publication date: November 2, 2015

    Lessons to be learned—for example, understand the context, choose an appropriate visual, identify and eliminate clutter, draw attention where you want it, and tell a story—combine data visualization and storytelling best practices for maximum impact in communicating with data.

    ​Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic

    writer

    Author of Storytelling With Data: A Data Visualization Guide for Business Professionals and the blog www.storytellingwithdata.com

  • Streamlining in the Summertime – Some Golden Oldies

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    A blog post by Jessica Bearman that includes links to resources on streamlining. Publication date: June 19, 2015

    Some "golden oldies" tools that Project Streamline has developed over the years to help you take action in your own organization.

    Jessica Bearman

    Principal

    Bearman Consulting

    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.

  • New Ethics for a New World

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    The big data movement isn’t just about knowing more things. It’s about a fundamental shift from scarcity to abundance. Publication date: May 2013

    Big data is about reducing the cost of analyzing our world. The resulting abundance is triggering entirely new ways of using that data. Visualizations, interfaces, and ubiquitous data collection are increasingly important, because they feed the machine—and the machine is hungry. From PEAK Insight Journal.

    ​Alistair Croll

    writer

    SolveForInteresting.com

  • New Roles for Grants Managers

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    An overview of grants management. Publication date: August 2012

    PEAK Insight Journal article that discusses the responsibilities of grants managers, from application and reporting processes to proposal review to relationship building with grantees. Professional development and technology are also covered.

    ​Kim Blanchard

    Director of Grants Management

    Wellspring Advisors

  • No More Fake Funder Budgets (excerpt)

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    The budgets that funders review are largely created by individuals who have learned exactly what funders are looking for and tailor the budgets in their proposals directly to those needs. Publication date: November 2014

    This GPEAK Insight Journal article, an excerpt from an article published in The Foundation Review, describes how the Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock completely eliminated budgets from their application requirements using the Financial Health Indicators (FHI) tool. The FHI pulls three years’ worth of data directly from the IRS Form 990 and provides the Veatch Program with a more realistic picture of the trends in actual financial performance than a static budget ever could. The Financial Health Indicators (FHI) tool shows total revenue, total expense, trends in unrestricted net assets and temporarily restricted net assets and if an organization has a diverse base of financial support. The resulting FHI rating is then combined with financial questions and a discussion guide designed for the program officers.

    Molly Schultz Hafid

    Assistant Director

    Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock

  • On the Fringe: Learning from Failure

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    There are benefits to risk taking. Publication date: July 2014

    In this PEAK Insight Journal article on learning from failure, Sara Davis from the Hewlett Foundation outlines what matters in an organization: grant processes, clarity about decision-making, and culture. Team-building and better communication were just two results from the experience.

    ​Sara Davis

    Director of Grants Management

    The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

  • Online Shopping…for Knowledge!

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    A blog post about LearnPhilanthropy from Grand Valley State University’s Johnson Center for Philanthropy. Publication date: November 23, 2014

    More than just another website, LearnPhilanthropy (LP) is a carefully developed response to a field-wide call for more organized access to learning resources.

    Chad Gorski

    Grants and Finance Coordinator

    Howard Hughes Medical Institute 

  • Does Your Process Invite Applicants In or Keep Them Out? Streamlining’s Connection to Diversity and Inclusion

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    A blog post by Jessica Bearman on paying attention to inclusion when developing practices and processes in grantmaking. Publication date: January 26, 2015

    Your application practices may keep some groups out – even when they are efforts and communities that your organization says it wants to fund. What can you do about it?

    Jessica Bearman

    Principal

    Bearman Consulting

    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.