• Pre-Conference Workshops

    PEAK Grantmaking is pleased to offer three pre-conference workshops that dive deeper into subject matter than sessions during the main conference. Register for a pre-conference workshop during the online registration process. The workshop fee is not included in the main conference registration fees.


    Full-Day Workshops

    (lunch and a light breakfast included)

    Date/time: March 10, 2019 – 8:30 am – 5:00 pm


    • Organization Member: $250
    • Individual Member: $270
    • Non-Member: $300


    GM101 is PEAK Grantmaking’s exclusive training workshop designed for professionals who are new to their role in grants management. This includes professionals with backgrounds in accounting, technology systems, program management, and other relevant areas.

    Grants management is often the department where program, finance, communications, application, approval, and administrative functions overlap. Grants managers perform a diverse set of tasks and maintain a wide range of professional relationships to ensure high-quality grants administration across programs. This workshop builds a basic understanding of the grants manager’s role, the grantmaking process, and the philanthropic context in which grantmaking takes place.

    By attending this workshop, you will be able to:

    • Explain the philanthropic context in which grantmaking takes place, including types of grantmakers and grantees
    • Describe and apply best practices for grants management
    • Articulate grantmaking’s legal and regulatory landscape
    • Assess the health and financial sustainability of prospective grantees
    • Employ internal administrative and tracking processes that support a grantmaking cycle
    • Promote grants management as a profession
    • Identify networking, skill-building, and learning and development opportunities

    Presenters: Martine Target Louise, Grants Manager, Global Human Rights, and Micaela Pacheco Ceballos, Grants Manager, Global Human Rights

    Turn Knowledge into Action: Build a Learning Grantmaking Organization

    Increasingly foundations are looking to become “learning organizations.” This raises several questions. What is a learning organization? What’s the value of becoming a learning organization? How does an organization become a learning organization?

    After discussing and exploring the first two questions together, we will dive into the tactics and structure of becoming a learning organization. We’ll explore the four layers of a “Learning Stack:”

    1) grant data, 2) tools to analyze and methods to make sense of data, 3) knowledge products that share insight, and 4) processes to turn knowledge into action. You’ll leave with the confidence to help drive the learning agenda on grantmaking at your organization.

    By attending this workshop, you will be able to:

    • Clearly articulate the values of becoming a learning organization
    • Structure and analyze existing grants data to increase its value for learning
    • Develop a plan for creating and implementing a Learning Stack within your organization

    Presenter: Andrew Means, Founder, Big Elephant Studios, BrightHive, and Data Analysts for Social Good

    Half-Day Workshop

    Date/Time: March 10, 2019 – 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm


    • Organization Member: $175
    • Individual Member: $195
    • Non-Member: $225

    Power in Practice: Leveraging Privilege and Risk in Philanthropy

    Privilege and risk in philanthropy are dynamics that are being disrupted in foundations to set the stage for responsive risk-taking. Learn how to recognize how the power of privilege can unintentionally prevent your organization from growing and achieving their goals. Join the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) for an interactive program with peers and a panel of sector leaders on how to disrupt this dynamic and set the stage for responsive risk-taking. Drawing from NCRP’s toolkit for grantmakers and consultants to grantmakers, Power Moves: Your essential philanthropy assessment guide for equity and justice, and Equity in the Center’s Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture report, attendees will leave with practical peer insights and resources.

    By attending this workshop, you will be able to:

    • Reveal avenues for risk-taking within roles and institutions (e.g., application requirements, grants review criteria, due diligence processes)
    • Advance risk-taking in grants management through implementing successful strategies
    • Re-conceptualize “risk” within roles and institutions, using practical insights and resources for advancing discussion

    Presenters: Ashley Clark, Knowledge and Grants Manager, Libra Foundation; Caitlin Duffy, Senior Associate for Learning and Engagement, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy; Sara Guillaume, Portfolio Director, Colorado Health Foundation; and Andrew Plumley, Senior Program Manager, Equity in the Center

    Please note: The schedule is subject to change.  Please check back regularly.

    Cancellations requests received by February 15, 2019, will receive a full refund. After February 15, 2019, no refunds will be granted. In the event that you need to cancel your conference registration or transfer it to a colleague, please contact the PEAK Grantmaking conference team. (info@peakgrantmaking.org)