• Making the Case for PEAK2019

    PEAK Grantmaking is the only professional association dedicated to advancing the knowledge, skills, and work of grants management professionals. The PEAK2019 Annual Conference is the only conference focused solely on the how of grantmaking—with presentations, workshops, short talks, roundtable discussions, and plenty of networking opportunities to help grants managers and their teams achieve their peak performance. In its 14th year, this event attracts more than 800 professionals working within philanthropy, around the U.S. and the world.

    Participants at PEAK2019:

    • Learn about critical topics, practical approaches, and tested tools for grants management professionals across the spectrum of roles and types/sizes of organizations.
    • Apply conference takeaways to their work immediately upon returning to the office.
    • Benefit from access to experts in the philanthropy, colleagues in similar roles and organizations, and specialists in the services and products that power grantmaking,

    The return on investment to both the individual participant and the organization will more than cover the cost in fees and time.

    Talk with your supervisor about the value of attending PEAK2019 for your own professional and leadership development as well as for your employer’s improved outcomes and impact. See the sample email below to help make your case.


    Hi Boss,

    I would like to attend PEAK2019, PEAK Grantmaking’s one-of-kind conference dedicated to improving how grants get made and designed for professionals like me. At this conference I will learn actionable strategies to ensure the impact our organization seeks through its grantmaking. The conference takes place March 11-13 in Denver.

    PEAK Grantmaking is the national leader in advancing the “how” of philanthropy—the core practices that funders use to make grants and assess the impact of those investments. PEAK Grantmaking’s annual conference, now in its 14th year, brings together more than 700 grantmaking professionals who walk away with vital practices, tools, techniques, and training to increase their leadership and strengthen their organization. My colleagues in the field speak highly of this conference.

    My participation at PEAK2019 can help me with the following goals:

    • [List a specific organization or department goal and explain how PEAK2019 can help address it.]
    • [List a specific personal goal and explain how PEAK2019 can help achieve it.]

    And beside applying what I learn at the conference when I return, I intend to schedule time to share its lessons with our team.

    The full conference program features more than 50 expert-led sessions that offer the latest thinking on critical issues identified by leaders in the field and peers across the spectrum of grantmaking roles and organizations. Along with numerous opportunities to broaden their network of colleagues who provide advice, ideas, and a sounding board, conference participants can seek solutions to grantmaking challenges from 20 plus exhibitors.

    Early registration saves $105 off the conference fee and ends February 21. Early registration costs [$825 for organization members/$950 for individual members/$1,110 for nonmembers]. Plus, I estimate I will need approximately $________ more to cover travel, lodging, and incidentals.

    The return on investment is significant. The enhanced skills, applicable tactics, greater efficiency, and renewed energy I will bring back to [organization name] will far outweigh the cost of sending me to the conference and allowing me to work on other than my usual responsibilities for a few days.

    I hope you will agree and reply with your sign off for me to attend PEAK2019.

    Thank you in advance for your consideration,

    Your Name