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Funders are changing their approaches in response to COVID-19. What’s going to stick?

Please join Exponent Philanthropy and PEAK Grantmaking for this complimentary webinar.

In April, Exponent and PEAK each surveyed members to learn how they’ve adjusted funding approaches in response to COVID-19. Join this discussion about their different survey results to learn how grantmakers have changed their approaches, and what practices they anticipate funders will continue to utilize moving forward. Topics will include:

  • More flexible funding, applications, and reporting
  • Streamlining process
  • Focusing on Equity Practices
  • Collaborating with other funders

PEAK and Exponent will release a joint report on their survey results early this summer.


Brendan McCormick
Manager, Research and Education, Exponent Philanthropy

Brendan works with staff, members, and partners to develop resources grounded in research that relate to impact and evaluation, foundation investments, community foundations, and DAFs. He serves as a resource to our members and staff regarding trends and leads our efforts to learn more about our community of lean funders. He oversaw the Operations and Management Survey fielded to our 2,000 member community, and will guide us in exploring the trends and data gathered.


Melissa Sines
Programs and Knowledge Director, PEAK Grantmaking

Melissa leads PEAK Grantmaking’s work to identify effective, efficient, and equitable philanthropic practices and advocate for their adoption by grantmakers. This role combines two important functions: Developing strong strategies and partnerships in order to raise awareness of our practice work and increase our impact in the sector and to develop our knowledge base of the current and changing state of practice in the field. Melissa is a self-professed nonprofit dork and accidental techie. She is passionate about organizing people and projects to promote social justice.


Free and open to all