Planning in Uncertain Times: How to Apply Takeaways from 2020 to Your 2021 Grantmaking Strategies

Even in the most structured and stable of times, yearly planning can feel overwhelming for any foundation. And when you’re a funder who is closing in on the final months of 2020, a year that has brought with it numerous challenges and upsets, this process becomes even more challenging. But make no mistake, 2020 has revealed some key lessons and takeaways that any funder can use as a resource to plan for the new year.

To start, the Fluxx team surveyed leading national and international funders on the lessons they took away from 2020 and how they use them to plan for 2021. Watch this webinar hosted by PEAK Grantmaking to discover the key takeaways from this study and hear directly from The Colorado Health Foundation on how they prepare their end-year reports and strategize for the future.

You'll learn--

  • Key lessons and trending takeaways for the 2020 grantmaking year
  • Steps you can take to successfully and efficiently plan for the 2021 grantmaking year
  • Lessons from The Colorado Health Foundation

This webinar was sponsored by Fluxx.

Original air date: November 19, 2020

Kristy Gannon



Sara Guillaume

Senior Director of Grantmaking Operations

Colorado Health Foundation

Sara is passionate about building stronger communities and helping people thrive. She has been in the grantmaking field for more than 15 years. Prior to joining the Colorado Health Foundation in 2008, Sara administered federal and local grant funds, and provided consulting services to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations.

Sara is responsible for leading the operations related to the Foundation’s complete grantmaking process, from application to final report. She oversees a team that is focused on compliance, the customer experience, process design, and grant data reporting. She works collaboratively across the organization to design programs and systems that align the Foundation’s operations with its strategy. 

As a lifelong Coloradan, Sara has a BA in Psychology from the University of Colorado and a Master of Nonprofit Management from Denver's Regis University. She is a Stanford University Certified Project Manager, and has a black belt in Process Improvement.

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Cross-Cutting Competencies

  • Process and Change Management: Plan and monitor processes efficiently and effectively and manage change as needed to contribute to grantmaker's strategic goals and grantee's success.

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