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PEAK2021 Grantmaking Conference

Exponent Partners will have a virtual booth at the PEAK 2021 Online conference from May 4-13, 2021. PEAK Grantmaking is a member-led organization that began in New York City with two grants managers meeting informally to discuss shared experiences at their foundations. Soon, they engaged other colleagues and, as membership grew, an open and participatory network developed. Today, PEAK Grantmaking is a vibrant member-led community of professionals who specialize in grants management for funding organizations. PEAK’s mission to advance grantmaking so grantmakers and grantseekers can best achieve their missions. Continuing PEAK’s 25-year commitment to centering equity and community, this year’s conference will focus on how to listen to communities, support adaptable communities, learn with our community, and create equitable community.

Join keynotes, breakouts, peer groups, and more, to learn how far the profession of grants management has come, including its growing influence and responsibility, critical work in this moment to meet the challenges of our day, and evolving role as a change leader in philanthropy.  PEAK2021 program helps tell the story of how grantmakers are:

  • Engaging with and investing in community by growing and supporting the capacity of nonprofit partners during this moment of national and international crisis
  • Building trusting relationships by listening and learning from grantees and community partners
  • Moving beyond diversity by creating more equitable practices within their institutions and by aligning actions with goals related to reducing bias and directing more funding and resources to community-led efforts and movements
  • Together creating the future of philanthropy, with BIPOC leaders leading the way

There’ll also be plenty of opportunities to connect with your peer community: Learn more about your local chapter, find an affinity group or community practice to join, or self-organize your own meet-up. Join a wellness activity, a musical performance, or a happy hour – we’ll have something for everyone!

Going Virtual in 2020 with the Conference Theme Courage in Practice

PEAK’s Board of Directors made the decision to cancel the PEAK2020 conference slated for March 9-11 in Seattle due to the COVID-19 outbreak on March 4, 2020. Like so many organizations in the sector, PEAK was able to pivot to gathering in-person to building community online. In May 2020, PEAK hosted their first-ever virtual conference, bringing together more than a thousand grants management professionals and our partners for a series of learning and networking events around the theme, Courage in Practice.

Can’t Miss Sessions at PEAK2021: Leveraging the Platform for More Equitable Outcomes

We invite you to join us for an engaging presentation featuring our clients and changemakers at United Way Bay Area (UWBA) on Monday, May 10, 2021 at 11:30am PT / 2:30pm ET.  In the session titled “Equity Dashboards: Moving Beyond Theory Towards More Equitable Program Outcomes for BIPOC,” Director of Data and Evaluation, Jacqueline Chan, and Program Analyst, Norman Cheng, will share how UWBA has used Salesforce to create new equity monitoring dashboards for the SparkPoint program. Using these dashboards UWBA can proactively identify opportunities for evolving their programs and services and ensure more equitable outcomes.

Immediately following our session, join our colleagues at for “An Inside Look: The Salesforce’s Grants Management Solution.” Grantmaking Industry Advisor, Ursula Stewart and Nicole Watson,, Product Marketing Manager, Grants and Program Management, Nicole Watson, will be joined by Lead Solution Engineer for Foundations, Brent Shively. Brent will share an end-to-end live demonstration of the Salesforce Grants Management solution. Built in collaboration with the grantmaking and nonprofit communities, this deep dive will focus on the user experience of applicants; grantees; and grantmakers.

Register today for these sessions and be sure to stop by our virtual booth for “Ask the Expert” Q&As throughout the conference. We look forward to seeing you there!

Save the Date for PEAK 2022

What better place than New Orleans to bring our group together again in person? Mark your calendar for March 21-23, 2022. Registration opens in October.