PEAK Grantmaking webinars are designed to connect members with new technologies, expertise from thought leaders, and continued learning in areas of unique experience.

Organization Members enjoy complimentary webinar access, Individual Members may view for a $25 fee, and non-members pay $55.

Following the live presentation, PEAK Grantmaking webinars are available on demand for independent learning. The list of recordings is available below.

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Upcoming Live Webinars

Hurricane Dorian: Next Steps for Philanthropy (Partner Webinar)

Tuesday, September 17
2:00 - 3:00 pm EDT

Over the course of a week, Hurricane Dorian made a total of five landfalls – three in the Bahamas (twice on Great Abaco and another on Grand Bahama Island), a U.S. landfall in North Carolina and a final one in Canada. The storm affected hundreds of thousands of people and left at least 70,000 homeless. It will be months before we know the full scope and scale of damage from Dorian in communities throughout the Bahamas, the Carolinas and across Canada’s Maritime provinces, but it is clear that recovery from the storm will take years.

In their second Hurricane Dorian webinar, experts will focus on tracking what we know to date while also looking ahead to future needs.

Panelists will provide updates on the situation on the ground in affected communities, discuss critical needs and share ways to support long-term recovery. CDP assistant director of major initiatives Tanya Gulliver-Garcia will moderate the discussion.

This webinar is provided with generous funding from The UPS Foundation and is co-sponsored by the National Center for Family PhilanthropyPhilanthropy New York, the Southeastern Council of Foundations, and PEAK Grantmaking. 

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Evaluation as a Tool for Equity – A Primer on Equitable Evaluation (Partner Webinar)

Wednesday, September 18
2:00 - 3:30 pm EDT

Join us for this exciting opportunity to advance your knowledge of equity in evaluation practice.

Foundations use evaluation—intentionally gathering and analyzing information about programs and impact in order to inform decisions and strategy—to make sure their efforts are forwarding their mission.

While many organizations are applying an equity lens to their work or have explicitly made equity a part of their mission, few have addressed the issue of how evaluation itself can further equity. Who asks the questions? Who owns and interprets the data? Who determines impact? Who benefits from the evaluation findings or recommendations?

This webinar will introduce equitable evaluation (EE), an emerging evaluative paradigm guided by a set of core principles grounded in equity. We will explore how common approaches to evaluation can undermine equity, explain the core principles of equitable evaluation, and share resources to spur your thinking about how your organization could apply equitable evaluation to its work.

Organized by Associations Advancing Equitable Evaluation Practices. Learn more about the initiative.

Anna Cruz, Strategic Learning and Evaluation Officer, The Kresge Foundation
Kim Leonard, Senior Research Officer, Oregon Community Foundation
Jara Dean-Coffey, Director, Equitable Evaluation Initiative (moderator)

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Never Type the Same Thing Twice (Sponsor Webinar)

Tuesday, September 24
2:00 - 3:00 pm EDT

Join this complimentary webinar sponsored and presented by Bromelkamp Company.

Do your office systems require duplicate data entry, importing/exporting data between systems, or logging in to separate dashboards to keep your data updated? Managing disparate systems can cause data errors and drain time from more purposeful tasks. Looking for ways to integrate can save time and improve accuracy. Our best bench-mark for integration is to ask, “Am I typing the same thing twice?"

In this webinar, you’ll see a wide range of integrations to apply to your current system, as well as imagine what’s possible if you are beginning a search for new software. Integrations exist in all aspects of foundation management software and the promise of integration is widely used. You’ll learn the nuances of this software promise and be wiser in your evaluation of software options.

Presenter: Barb Ryan, Sales Manager, Bromelkamp Company LLC 

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Assessing Grantee Financial Health: The Internal Partnership (PEAK2019)

Tuesday, October 8
2:00 - 3:30 pm EDT

Funders approach the task of assessing grantee financial health in a multitude of ways. Depending on the staffing and structure of a foundation, financial due diligence can be a task undertaken by grants managers, finance staff, program officers, or a team that crosses functional areas. FMA has worked with many funders to solidify this partnership and will facilitate a conversation with grants managers who have embarked on a journey to strengthen their partnership – and have each taken a very different approach.

In this webinar, participants will learn about:

  • The benefits and drawbacks of various models for assessing grantee financial health
  • Strengthening the partnership between grants managers and program officers by working together to understand grantees’ financial health
  • The impact of different approaches to financial due diligence on relationships with grantees

James Gallagher, Senior Grants Manager, Future of Work, Ford Foundation
Janice Opalski, Director, Program Financial Services, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Hilda Polanco, Founder & CEO, FMA

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Community Webinar: Tying Grantmaking Practices to Values

Thursday, October 31
2:00 - 3:00 pm EDT

To transform the practice of philanthropy into the practice of principled grantmaking, we worked with our members to develop five Principles for Peak Grantmaking — Tie Practices to Values; Narrow the Power Gap; Drive Equity; Learn, Share, Evolve; and Steward Responsively.

Join PEAK Grantmaking for this complimentary community webinar, as we introduce our first Principle: Tie Practices to Values. Grantmaking practices are often the lens through which grantseekers experience grantmakers’ values. Practices bound inextricably to an organization’s values can lay the foundation for trusting relationships, met expectations, and true partnerships –– as well as better, more sustainable outcomes.

We’ll explore our learning strategy for our members, highlight a member doing this work well, and share resources we have available. There will also be time for Q&A.

Michelle Greanias, Executive Director, PEAK Grantmaking
Melissa Sines, Programs and Knowledge Director, PEAK Grantmaking
Arlene Wilson-Grant, Grants Manager, Disability Rights Fund and Disability Rights Advocacy Fund

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On-Demand Webinars

Stay current on the latest trends and best practices in grantmaking. Brought to you by PEAK Grantmaking and subject matter experts in the field, get high-quality education and training without leaving your home or office. Available to Organization Members as part of their member benefits, and at a small fee to Individual Members and non-members. Click on a webinar below for more information and to register for and/or access the recording.

Streamline Data Collection to Improve Evaluation
Reliable data can improve your entire grantmaking process from applicant to award to evaluation. Additionally, you’ll be able to ease the burden on grantees with fewer requests for data. Watch this webinar to learn why quality data is critical, where to find it, how to effectively communicate the information you need, and how to make better decisions. Original air date: August 22, 2019
Is Grantmaking Getting Smarter?
Is Grantmaking Getting Smarter? is a national study of philanthropic practice that was done to help us understand how we are doing as a field. The study includes key findings which look at how grantmakers’ approaches to racial equity and culture connect to practice. Original air date: August 6, 2019
Digging Into Demographic Data: Data for Insight, Impact, and Equity
As discussed in our recent report on collecting and using demographic data, the practice is somewhat scattershot across the field and not widely understood or used to help grantmakers understand their giving. But for philanthropy to advance equity in all communities, especially low-income communities and communities of color, it needs to be able to understand the demographics of the organizations being funded (and declined), the people being served, and the communities impacted. That data should be used to assess practices and drive decision making. The webinar presenters discuss the PEAK Grantmaking report, a report by the Center for Effective Philanthropy on nonprofit diversity efforts, and the work that GuideStar is doing to help foundations and nonprofits share the diversity work that is necessary for more inclusive partnerships. Publication date: October 16, 2018
PEAK2020 Call for Session Proposals Informational Webinar
Are you considering submitting a PEAK2020 session proposal? Do you have questions about the proposal process? The deadline to submit a proposal is August 11, 2019.
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
Tying Grant Practices to Foundation Values
Many in the philanthropic sector are talking about big ideas such as equity and inclusion, narrowing the power gap in our sector, being authentically engaged in our communities, listening and learning from our partners, and living our values in our practice. With this webinar, move from conversation to action. Learn from your peers at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation about the process they used to define a philosophy of grant practice that stems from their guiding principles and how they continue to question and revise their practices. Original air date: April 25, 2019
Interpreting the 990 and Financials to Assess a Nonprofit’s Health
Sharpen your skills on reading the Form 990, and learn how to assess the financial and organizational health of grantee organizations by analyzing the Form 990 and reviewing financial statements. Original air date: April 17, 2019
PEAK Grantmaking 2019 Annual Meeting
PEAK Grantmaking's Annual Meeting of Membership took place on Thursday, April 4, 2019, at 2:00 pm ET. Staff and board members shared a summary of 2018, as well as information on current projects and future plans.
Data Is Not Enough: How Learning Drives Impact
Becoming a learning organization is a hugely challenging process for many organizations though. It involves data, technology, culture, processes, people. In this webinar we will introduce concepts to help move your organization towards becoming a learning culture. We will talk about how all these elements must fit together and work towards a culture that values learning. Original air date: February 12, 2019
Empowerment in the Midst of Change
When faced with unexpected changes, we can find ourselves feeling out of control, anxious, frustrated, or resentful. These feelings come from our belief that we are losing the power to choose what is best for us. What if there was another way to see unexpected changes in our lives that allow us to take our power back without making anyone wrong in the process? Learn how we can shift our beliefs in ways that allow us to generate everything we need to succeed and be fully empowerment in the middle of ongoing change. Original air date: January 15, 2019
Grantmaking 2.0: Updating Helmsley’s Grantmaking Processes
Experienced grantmakers interested in learning from other grantmakers about how they revised and updated their grants management practices will find this webinar helpful. Using the example of The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust’s efforts to update their practices, the presenters share lessons learned and best practices for making your own practice updates. Original air date: December 4, 2018
Streamline Your Grant Process: Make Better Decisions and Support Grantees
Streamlining grant application processes is a concept foundations can get behind. Enabling grantees to work more efficiently and save time to focus on their mission is a benefit to all. With deeper insight into the nonprofits you support, you’re able to make better decisions while effectively supporting your grantees. GuideStar and Foundant Technologies showcase the latest integrations of GuideStar for Grant Applications (G4G for short) with grants management software to streamline the application process. Original air date: December 5, 2018
Census 2020 & Cybersecurity: What Foundations Need to Know
Watch this webinar to learn why the security concerns surrounding Census 2020 matter to you as operations leaders in philanthropy, and what IT leaders can do to lend their voices to this issue. Original air date: November 15, 2018
Using Data to Create a Culture of Learning
A session on how we, as grants managers, can best use data to create a culture of learning within our foundations/organizations. Original air date: October 30, 2018
Elevating the Nonprofit Sector with Professional Development
Did you know there are 12 centers across the state of Florida that provide leadership and management training for nonprofit professionals and volunteers? Learn about these management support organizations, or MSOs, and how you, your organization, and your grantees can benefit from educational opportunities to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the nonprofit sector. Original air date: October 18, 2018