PEAK Grantmaking Membership Orientation Webinar

Are you interested in learning how to make the most of your membership this year? This webinar provides an overview of the many benefits and resources available to you as a PEAK Grantmaking member, tips for navigating CONNECT and LEARN, and upcoming initiatives for the year, including the launch of our Principles for Peak Grantmaking work.

Original air date: May 2, 2019

Clare Larson

Membership Relationship Manager

PEAK Grantmaking

Clare joins PEAK Grantmaking after spending over three years at Humentum, a global association supporting organizations in the international relief and development sector. She began there managing the enrollment in Humentum’s training programs and conferences. She transitioned to the role of membership engagement manager, where she was responsible for fostering collaboration across the membership community through learning and networking events. She is passionate about ensuring a seamless customer experience and connecting people with practical tools and resources.

Clare graduated from Fordham University with a degree in International Political Economy and Middle East Studies. She grew up in New Jersey, but has family roots in the Midwest. Outside of work, she can be found spending as much time outside as possible planning her next travel adventure and singing along to ABBA songs.

Sara Sanders

Membership Director

PEAK Grantmaking

As PEAK Grantmaking’s membership director, Sara leads the organization’s efforts to build and grow our network of over 350 Organizations Members and our community of more than 4,000 grants management professionals, all with the goal of improving how grants get made throughout the philanthropic sector.

Sara brings 10+ years of association experience in volunteer management, membership recruitment and retention,  stakeholder engagement, and relationship building.  For more than 2 of those years, she worked as PEAK Grantmaking’s regional chapter manager, during which time she collaborated with volunteer regional chapter officers to dramatically increase engagement and build volunteers as leaders.

Sara started her career at the Department of Defense, training military voting assistance officers to help service members vote and ensuring ballots were sent on time to oversees citizens. She has also worked at the League of Women Voters and the School Nutrition Association.

Sara earned a bachelor’s degree in history and criminal justice from The George Washington University. She loves spending time with her family, is an avid sports fan and museum enthusiast, enjoys hobbies like ice skating and knitting, and can’t wait for her next travel adventure.

Melissa Sines

Programs and Knowledge Director

PEAK Grantmaking

Melissa leads PEAK Grantmaking’s work to identify effective, efficient, and equitable philanthropic practices and advocate for their adoption by grantmakers.

Prior to joining PEAK Grantmaking, Melissa was the education and accreditation director at Maryland Nonprofits and the Standards for Excellence Institute, where she oversaw nonprofit accreditation and the association’s learning community.

Melissa is currently a board member at the Maryland Center for Economic Policy. She also serves as co-chair for the United Philanthropy Forum's Program Committee and on the Funder's Planning Committee for the Frederick County Nonprofit Summit. She has served on committees for Independent Sector, the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers, the Frederick Giving Project, and numerous other nonprofits in her local community.

Melissa is a self-professed nonprofit dork and accidental techie. She is passionate about organizing people and projects to promote social justice.

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.

Grants Management Professional Competency Model

Cross-Cutting Competencies

  • Staff and Volunteer Development: Build the capacity of staff and volunteers to be successful in their grantmaking role.