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  • Learning with Diverse Communities Through Culturally Responsive Evaluation

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    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.

    ​Cheryl Chang

    Program Specialist in Organizational Effectiveness and Philanthropy

    Packard Foundation

  • Lessons and Advice for New Systems

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    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

    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 Sides

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    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.

    ​Allen Gunn

    Executive Director


  • Making Organizational Learning Stick: How to Set Your Knowledge Goals and Blend Technology and People Processes to Reach Them

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    An article from the Nonprofit Quarterly on four organizational learning goals: good practice, influence, good ideas, and collaboration. Publication date: February 22, 2013

    All organizations stand to benefit from internal knowledge, surfacing good ideas and sharing good practices. Some organizations also fulfill their missions by engaging with external audiences to collaborate across their fields or to advance learning as a whole.

    Katie Smith Milway

    Senior Advisor

    The Bridgespan Group 

    Ann Goggins Gregory

    Senior Director of Internal Knowledge

    The Bridgespan Group

  • Making the Move to Thought Leader -- Taking the Lead

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    A blog post by Wendy Watson-Hallowell on thought leadership. Publication date: April 21, 2016

    Some of us would like to move from being a thought follower to being a thought leader. To make the move successfully, we need to be very clear about:

    • our passion, expertise and how that adds value to others within our topic area;
    • what’s in it for us to be a thought leader – and what’s in it for others; and
    • our limiting beliefs that may be holding us back.

    ​Wendy Watson-Hallowell

    Belief Coach


    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.

  • Measurement and Evaluation: How Do You Know You’re Making an Impact?

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    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.

    Jason Ricci

    Cofounder and CEO

    Fluxx Labs

  • Member of the Moment: Gillian Cervero

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    PEAK Grantmaking regularly features members on our blog to demonstrate the diversity of our association and expand opportunities for connections. Publication date: April 18, 2016

    Gillian Cervero: "I love the fact that my job encompasses a variety of work from grants compliance to program or information management to strategic planning."

    ​Nikki Powell

    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.

  • Mentoring as a Tool for Leading and Managing the Work of Innovation

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    Blog post on making a connection between mentorship and innovation by Audrey J. Murrell. Publication date: February 22, 2016

    Mentoring can provide critical support for building individual and organizational competencies and can help organizations fill their leadership gaps by developing the next generation of individuals who will lead and manage the work of innovation.

    ​Dr. Audrey J. Murrell

    Associate Dean, College of Business Administration

    University of Pittsburgh

    Dr. Murrell is also Director, David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership, Associate Professor of Business Administration, Psychology, Public and International Affairs, and Kenneth R. Woodcock Faculty Fellow, Organizations and Entrepreneurship

  • Moving Beyond the Grant

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    A blog post by Amber Knox on creating lasting impact. Publication date: March 30, 2016

    As grantmakers, it’s easy to view us (and even to view ourselves) as a checkbook, reacting to the crises of the day. But will that mindset effect the systemic changes needed to create lasting social reform?

    Amber Knox

    Grants and Communications Manager

    Campion Foundation

  • Net Grants – How Much Is That Grant Really Worth?

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    Blog post on grants' net value to grantees by Dahna Goldstein. Includes value formulas. Publication date: December 1, 2015

    The net grant calculation is a tool to help discern the net monetary value a grant will provide to your organization — so the grant revenue net of expenses to get and manage the grant.

    ​Dahna Goldstein

    Founder and CEO