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A Day in the Life of a Grants Manager (PEAK New England)

Join the PEAK Grantmaking New England Regional Chapter for our 5th Annual A Day in the Life of a Grants Manager event. Topics will include sharing board books, reports, and processes, speed networking, and 10 Easy Ways to Improve Your Practices.

We are looking for volunteers to share and/or present their board books, reports, and processes. To participate or share your materials, please contact Paula Lentoni at

9:00 am -10:00 am – NETWORKING BREAKFAST

10:00 am -10:15 am – WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS

10:15 am – 12:00 pm – “10 EASY WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR PRACTICES“

Presenter: Sara Sanders, Regional Chapter Manager, PEAK Grantmaking

This workshop provides ten tips for improving grantmaking practices from research and case studies developed by PEAK Grantmaking and covers a range of practices and process components, including applications, reporting, data, and communications. For instance, using GuideStar, which uses demographic data to apply a racial equity lens and other core practices, for core proposal and report information can increase your overall impact. Participants can share what they would add to the list from their own best practices to help their colleagues improve their practices.

During this workshop, participants will:

  • Review 10 tips for implementing practices that will improve your grantmaking
  • Learn about ways to reduce the burden on grantees – and your staff – of administering grants
  • Identify 2 – 3 quick wins they could implement back at their own organization

This workshop will help our members build their competencies in:

  • Design and implement review process
  • Monitor grantee activity
  • Communications

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – LUNCH BREAK

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – BOARD BOOKS – view examples of what members provide to their board or grants committee

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm – SPEED NETWORKING

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm – WRAP UP – Discussion of future agenda items

3:30 pm – HAPPY HOUR – Joe’s America Bar & Grill

Barr Foundation
2 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA 02110
Followed by Happy Hour at Joe’s America Bar & Grill

Registration Fee: 
Organization Member: Free
Individual Member: $25
Non-Member: $55