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  • Network As If No One Is Watching

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    A blog post on conference networking strategies. Publication date: March 8, 2016

    Even introverts can successfully make meaningful connections. Use these tips for a smooth and productive conference networking experience.

    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.

  • In Other Words: A Plea for Plain Speaking in Foundations

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    A long essay on the use of jargon in philanthropy, by Tony Proscio. Recommended reading from GMN2016 Closing Plenary speaker Dr. Albert Ruesga, president and CEO of the Greater New Orleans Foundation. Publication date: 2000

    Every field has its “inside” lingo, its technical code, its jargon. Foundations are no exception.

    Tony Proscio

    Consultant to nonprofits

  • Beyond the Rhetoric of Partnership

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    Strengthening the relationship between grantmaker and grantee in an international context. Publication date: September 2014

    Explores the meaning of partnership between funders and grantees. Funding practices, transparency, and communications are discussed by Katie Boswell, One World Children's Fund international program manager, in this PEAK Insight Journal article.

    Katie Boswell

    International Program Manager

    One World Children’s Fund

  • Big Data Barges In

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    What data can do. Publication date: May 2013

    Big data is a powerful tool for grantmakers, and one that must be used responsibly and mindfully, and which is always open to interpretation. Big data can help us in our decision-making, but cannot replace our professional experience, ideas, critical thinking, or understanding of social change. From PEAK Insight Journal.

    Elizabeth Hartig

    Program Officer

    The Chicago Foundation for Women

  • Big Data in Small Pieces

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    PEAK Grantmaking compiled these resources to help raise awareness, expand understanding, and engage conversations. Publication date: May 2013

    PEAK Insight Journal article that lists blogs, books, and links on big data.

    ​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.

  • Blue Moon Fund: A Model for Future Philanthropy

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    The blue moon fund is a dynamic foundation transforming the grant making process and creating a new philanthropic venture. Publication date: August 2014

    A mid-sized foundation, blue moon is a niche organization amidst other philanthropies. Blue moon seeks innovative projects and organizations to develop models, which larger foundations can take to scale. Additionally, they have the ability to test out theories of change which fall outside other foundations’ guidelines. Who, what, and how they fund is a direct result of the collaboration between senior program staff and the investment team. This PEAK Insight Journal article details some of the organization's projects.

    ​Beth Johnson

    Assistant to the President

    blue moon fund 

  • Blur the Lines, Sharpen the Work

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    An article on grantmaking practice. Publication date: July 2015

    Some grantmakers are deliberately working and learning across the operation/program divide in ways that build knowledge and effectiveness. In these organizations, grants management has frequently assumed a new and more central role, integrally tied to learning and thoughtful implementation of grantmaking. Connecting the process and systems people with the program people allows for fluid conversations and learning to take place throughout the lifecycle of a grant.

    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.

    ​Sara Davis

    Director of Grants Management

    The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

    ​Marc McDonald

    Vice President, Grants & External Initiatives

    AARP Foundation

    Marc McDonald joined AARP Foundation in 2012 as the Director of Grants Management and was promoted to Vice President, Grants & External Initiatives in 2017. In his role, Marc oversees the application, award, assessment and accountability of all AARP Foundation grants and provides guidance on the Foundation’s strategic grant making. Focusing on a streamlined approach towards grant making to outcomes, Marc has developed new grant making processes and workflows to align AARP Foundation’s grant making with its mission. Marc also ensures timely reporting and compliance for nearly $80 million in government grants received by AARP Foundation.

    Prior to joining AARP Foundation, Marc was Director of Grant Policy and System Analysis for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. He oversaw distribution policy and grantee reporting for the $300 million Community Service grant program serving nearly 600 public radio and television grantees. He also served on the board of the Public Media Business Association. Marc earned his BA from Dartmouth College and his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

  • Blurring the Lines—What’s in an Org Chart?

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    A blog post by Sara Davis on the position and power of grants managers in the organization. Publication date: January 20, 2015

    As technology has advanced and the sector has become more operationally sophisticated, the role of grants managers has become more integral than ever. Grants managers sit at a strategic intersection in our foundations, where many of the core functions come together, and thus play an essential role ensuring that foundations achieve impact.

    ​Sara Davis

    Director of Grants Management

    The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

  • CEP Q&A: Improving Application and Reporting Processes

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    A blog post with that reports on resources for streamlining. Publication date: February 3, 2015

    It’s a fine balance to strike between making sure application and reporting processes are robust and gather the right information you need, while also making it helpful and not too onerous for everyone involved. It’s a challenge that many foundations face.

    ​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.

  • Change: Don’t Just Face It Embrace It!

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    A blog post for managing change in your organization. Publication date: July 29, 2015

    While there is no one way to ensure change is not only adopted, but embraced, here are a few recommendations we would make to increase your likelihood of success.

    ​Christopher Percopo

    Director of Grants Management and Special Program Operations

    The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust


    Bonnie Rivers

    Associate Director of Grants and Records Management

    Carnegie Corporation of New York

    ​Satonya Fair

    Vice President and Chief Philanthropy Officer

    The Executive Leadership Council

    Satonya Fair is vice president and chief philanthropy officer of The Executive Leadership Council (ELC), the preeminent membership organization for the development of global black leaders. She is responsible for the organization’s philanthropic engagement strategy, ensuring that all charitable efforts support The ELC’s purpose of opening channels of opportunity for the development of black executives to positively impact business and communities. The ELC’s philanthropic strategy focuses on investments in social enterprise, closing the achievement gap, developing next generation black leadership and highlighting the continued need to drive greater diversity in C-Suites and on boards.

    Prior to joining The ELC, Satonya served as the director of grants management at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, where she and her team administered more than $100MM in charitable investments annually. She led the development of a customized grants management system, including a comprehensive online grant portal. Her work focused on system innovations within her department and throughout the foundation, with an emphasis on using data to drive decision-making and accountability.

    Before joining the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Satonya supported Citi’s Global Community Development corporate and foundation giving, employee engagement and volunteerism, program development, and outcome measurement. Her roles at Citi included senior grants manager for the North America Community Grants Program and community relations manager at CitiFinancial (now One Main Financial), where she successfully redeveloped community relations and volunteer engagement to include CitiFinancial’s branch network offices in the U.S, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Prior to joining Citi, Satonya was community relations manager at The Baltimore Sun newspaper.

    A consistent theme in her work and volunteerism has been ensuring low-income children, families and communities receive the support they need. Satonya earned her JD from the University of Cincinnati and a BA in Psychology and Political Science from Miami University (Ohio). She graduated from the Council on Foundation’s Career Pathways Executive Leadership Program and is a certified change management practitioner. She is an active volunteer with many efforts including PEAK Grantmaking, the Technology Affinity Group, the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers, and the Bridges Program in Baltimore.

    Nicole Howe Buggs

    Associate Corporate Secretary & Director, Grants Management

    Carnegie Corporation of New York