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  • Dr. Jan Young—A Doer, Thinker, and Leader Who Inspires

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    A blog post about Dr. Jan Young, GMN2016 Opening Plenary speaker. Publication date: January 21, 2016

    Her introduction to philanthropy was as a programs officer, the first one in the foundation she worked for. Young says she is lucky to have entered the field of philanthropy without any preconceptions of what the experience was supposed to be like. “It created a wonderful opportunity to not be stuck in some kind of unrealistic expectation or bias about how things should be. It was a wonderful opportunity to explore, learn, engage, listen, and reflect—to try things that I didn’t know the outcome of. I didn’t know enough to be afraid, so I didn’t have fear of trying new things.”

    ​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.

  • Embrace Data Sharing to Help Nonprofits Focus on Impact

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    Data sharing is an invaluable tool for reducing paperwork, saving nonprofits’ time, and ensuring that funders get quality data. Publication date: September 2015

    An article from PEAK Insight Journal about Simplify, an initiative based on recommendations from Project Streamline. Simplify developed data sharing for grant applications in partnership with GuideStar. With this data sharing, nonprofits enter their core information once, and then it is automatically added to every grant application they complete for any participating funder.

    ​Lisa Pool

    Executive Director

    Technology Affinity Group (TAG)

    ​Tom Nall

    Information Officer

    Houston Endowment

  • Emotional Intelligence – It’s More About You Than You Think

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    A blog post by Miriam Williams on emotional intelligence. Publication date: July 5, 2015

    Being self-aware and understanding how you feel at a given moment can make the difference between absorbing stress or successfully navigating through scenarios from day-to-day. So, where do you start?

    Miriam Williams

    ​Former GMN membership director

  • Equivalency Determination vs. Expenditure Responsibility: Which Works for You?

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    Before seeking to expand one’s philanthropic vision to include foreign organizations, it is important to understand the complexities that accompany giving internationally. Publication date: February 2015

    This PEAK Insight Journal article looks at equivalency determination and expenditure responsibility, two options provided by the IRS to donors making a tax advantaged gift to a foreign NGO that is not designated as a U.S. 501(c)(3).

    Publication date: February 20, 2015

    Ted Hart

    CEO

    CAF America

  • Evaluation Isn't the End Game

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    A blog post by Susan Clark on structured and deliberate evaluation. Publication date: June 21, 2015

    Evaluation is an ongoing process, not a one-time event, and it takes time to refine metrics and do analysis.

    Susan Clark

    Director, Grants and Communications

    Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation

    Susan has a keen interest in using technology, communications, and data to advance philanthropy and the non-profit sector. She is currently director of grants and communications at the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, where she also leads their emerging diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. 

    An active member and volunteer of PEAK Grantmaking, she served as co-chair of the Midwest Chapter from 2009 to 2012. She was a 2017-18 Change Leaders in Philanthropy Fellow with Grantmakers for Effective Organizations. Susan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in electronic media arts from DePaul University. She is the mother of a school-age son and is an avid photographer and kayaker.

  • Expert Opinion: Set Career Goals in 2015

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    A blog post on goal-setting. Publication date: December 8, 2014

    Setting goals, even just short-term ones, gives your focus, helps you plan, and drives you forward.

    Johanna Price

    writer and editor

  • Five Myths and a Question About Impact

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    A blog post that fives myths associated with impact and refers the reader to blog posts from the Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania that explore these myths. Publication date: March 28, 2016

    What are we talking about when we talk about impact?

    ​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.

  • Five Perspectives for Crafting Your Perfect Pitch

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    A blog post by Brian Sooy on positioning yourself as a grants strategist in your organization. Publication date: July 15, 2015

    You understand the strategic relevance of your role as a grant manager; how do you convince your CEO or ED that your work is strategic? How do you use your voice to gain influence as a meaningful contributor to more than just the grant management process?

    Brian Sooy

    Founder and Design Director

    Aespire

  • Follow the Yellow Brick Road to a New Online System

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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 1 of 2. The second post is called "Lessons and Advice for New Systems." Publication date: October 20, 2015

    Selecting a new system for application, reporting, and grants management is a significant undertaking. Dr. Streamline talked with Gwyneth Tripp, grants manager at Blue Shield of California Foundation. Gwyneth offered to share her experiences and reflections on moving to a new grants management and grantmaking system – even while still in the thick of it!

    Read part two, "Lessons and Advice for New Systems."

    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.

  • Foundations Are a Critical Voice in the Public Debate

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    A blog post by Abby Levine on advocacy initiatives and public policy issues. Publication date: April 23, 2015

    While foundations cannot support or oppose candidates for public office, and private foundations cannot lobby for or against specific legislation, they may advocate on issues they care about. In fact, most efforts to discuss equity and social justice issues and implications of laws and government policies do not constitute lobbying.

    Abby Levine

    ​Director, Bolder Advocacy initiative

    Alliance for Justice