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 and Consultant 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

Family Philanthropy: Tying Grantmaking Practices to Shared Values

Thursday, February 13
12:00 - 1:15 pm EST

Connecting values to practice is key in family philanthropy — shared values can help family givers develop a grantmaking strategy that ties their vision and mission to real impact. As your family considers its own philanthropic strategy, how do you begin to think about your values and put them into practice? Through this co-designed webinar, join PEAK and the National Center for Family Philanthropy to learn more about the first Principle for Peak Grantmaking: Tie Practices to Values, and hear examples from NCFP’s network that have worked diligently to tie their own family values to their grantmaking.

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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.

5 Rules for Foundations to Follow When Evaluating Grantmaking Technology
David Hazeltine from Blackbaud shares the five criteria that will make or break the grantmaking experience in your organization. Original air date: January 23, 2020
The Secret to Recapturing Foundation Time and Capacity
​Does your foundation staff face overwhelming workloads? Are employees constantly working late? Are you experiencing growing responsibilities but no funding to add staff? Are you taking heat for errors? Learn how some foundation managers have cured such pain and become heroes to their staff, audit committees, and boards. One community foundation recaptured more than 60 percent of its working time and now delivers to grantees faster and more effectively. First, hear the concepts that are getting results. Then, see the outcomes that are being achieved. Original air date: January 9, 2020
Using a Measurement Framework: The Implementation Challenge
​The data is in! There are many ways to define the results we want from our grantmaking; however, for many of us, the hardest part can be integrating those results into how we make grant decisions and how our organization measures and tracks success from our grants and efforts. The same is true for our nonprofit partners who have not yet begun to think about tracking participant outcomes as part of their culture or practice. What can we do to address the barriers and challenges that we and our nonprofit partners face? Original air date: November 5, 2019
Tying Grantmaking Practices to Values
COMMUNITY WEBINAR 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. In this webinar, 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 explore our learning strategy for our members, highlight a member doing this work well, and share resources we have available. Original air date: October 31, 2019
Assessing Grantee Financial Health: The Internal Partnership
​Funders approach the task of assessing grantee financial health in a multitude of ways. Learn from this conversation with two grants management professionals who have embarked on a journey to strengthen their partnership – and have each taken a very different approach. Original air date: October 8, 2019
Never Type the Same Thing Twice
Managing disparate systems can cause data errors and drain time from more purposeful tasks. 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. Original air date: September 24, 2019
Principles for Peak Grantmaking Series: Tie Practices to Values
ONLINE LEARNING MODULE This package brings the Tie Practices to Values resources together in one place. An exclusive benefit of Organization Membership. Publication date: October 2019
Evaluation as a Tool for Equity - A Primer on Equitable Evaluation
This webinar introduces equitable evaluation (EE), an emerging evaluative paradigm guided by a set of core principles grounded in equity. The panelists 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. Original air date: September 18, 2019
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
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
ON-DEMAND WEBINAR 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
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