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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.

Monday, March 9

10:30am – 11:45am: Learning Communities: Fostering Connectivity & Collaboration to Drive Impact

Learning communities are a valuable and powerful framework for providing grantees with opportunities to connect and collaborate to strengthen their programs, achieve shared outcomes, and improve impact in their communities. Learning communities can also deepen engagement and build trust between grantmakers and grantseekers.

During this session, attendees will learn how to structure these communities to provide a safe space for sharing challenges and opportunities, as well as learn how to evaluate and respond to needs that may arise in an iterative way over time.



1:15pm – 2:30pm: Strategic Grantmaking: How Can Evaluation Help Grantmakers Think Forward?

Over time, the utility of grant evaluations has deepened from simple accountability to outcomes measurement—from demonstrating that funds were used in the intended manner, to determining whether or not they achieved the intended results. But what if evaluation could also help grantmakers determine what to invest in, and when? Two evaluators and one grantmaker will show you how it can.

In this session, presenters will share concrete examples from their own work using evaluation data and methodologies to guide programmatic strategy and determine the future of both pilot initiatives and well-established programs. Participants will leave understanding 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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