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Making Organizational Learning Stick: How to Set Your Knowledge Goals and Blend Technology and People Processes to Reach ThemContains 1 Component(s)
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
The Bridgespan Group
Ann Goggins Gregory
Senior Director of Internal Knowledge
The Bridgespan Group
Making the Move to Thought Leader -- Taking the LeadContains 1 Component(s)
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 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?Contains 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
Member of the Moment: Gillian CerveroContains 1 Component(s)
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."
Effective Practices Director
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 InnovationContains 1 Component(s)
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 GrantContains 1 Component(s)
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?
Grants and Communications Manager
Net Grants – How Much Is That Grant Really Worth?Contains 1 Component(s)
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.
Founder and CEO
Network As If No One Is WatchingContains 1 Component(s)
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.
E-Learning and Content Manager
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 FoundationsContains 1 Component(s)
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.
Consultant to nonprofits
Beyond the Rhetoric of PartnershipContains 1 Component(s)
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.
International Program Manager
One World Children’s Fund