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PEAK Grantmaking 2020 Annual Conference

Tie Practices to Values. Narrow the Power Gap. Drive Equity. Learn, Share, Evolve. Steward Responsibly.

Across three days in Seattle, join the grantmaking community to move these ideas to the front lines of philanthropy. Together, we’ll delve into how we can put the five Principles for Peak Grantmaking into practice—transforming how grants get made.

Engage in courageous conversations with colleagues. Be inspired by change-making keynotes. Gain actionable strategies in peer-led sessions. Take deep dives in our pre- and post-conference workshops.

Learning Communities: Fostering Connectivity & Collaboration to Drive Impact

Learning Communities are a valuable and powerful framework companies can resource, in addition to grantmaking, that offer grantees opportunities to connect and collaborate in order to strengthen specific skills and services, achieve shared outcomes, and grow and sustain their work in communities. They also provide a platform for deep and intentional engagement among corporate funders and grantees to build trust and come together around shared goals, interests and concerns. This overview of the key components will demonstrate how Learning Communities can be structured to provide a safe space for sharing challenges and opportunities, and how to create continuous feedback loops to better evaluate and respond to the needs of grantees and communities over time.



Strategic Grantmaking: How Can Evaluation Help Grantmakers Think Forward?

For decades evaluation data was used solely for accountability purposes—to demonstrate that the funds had been used in the ways expected. Over time, grantmakers have shifted to looking for more outcomes data which better shows whether or not the intended results of the grant were achieved. However, what if evaluation could also be used to help grantmakers to determine what to invest in at what points in time? Well…it can! In this session, two evaluators and one grantmaker will present concrete examples of how they have used evaluation data and methodologies to guide programmatic strategy and to determine the future of both pilot and well-established programs. They will present tools they have used such as rapid cycle learning, data interpretation sessions, dashboard deep analyses, and a situation analysis framework that uses problem and solutions trees to identify the best approach to reaching the desired outcome. They will also talk about how to use these tools to generate consensus amongst stakeholders and foster a culture of organizational learning. Participants will leave the session better informed about how they can incorporate evaluation into their strategic planning and program design decisions.

  • Evgenia Valuy, Evaluation and Learning Lead, Institute of International Education (Lead Presenter)
  • Lisa Frantzen, Senior Consultant, Evaluation & Learning, TCC Group
  • Olga Vnodchenko, Grants and Programs Officer, Seattle International Foundation
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