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Virtual Panel: How COVID-19 Will Forever Change Grantmaking

Join this virtual session, originally to be delivered at PEAK2020, sponsored and presented by SmartSimple.

As regions cautiously reopen and rapid response efforts steer towards long-term, equitable recovery, grantmakers are wondering how the lasting changes will reshape the future of giving. How can philanthropic organizations future-proof their operations for resiliency? What skills will be most critical for grantmaking professionals to adapt to new challenges and resulting culture shifts?

In this moderated panel discussion, you’ll hear three leading grantmakers share their unique perspectives from a community foundation, corporate foundation, and national charity. Gain insights into how grantmaking organizations can adapt today and become more resilient to what’s ahead.

Following the discussion, we’ll have a Q&A period with the panelists, so invite the rest of your team and bring your questions.


Ann Puckett
IT Manager, Grand Rapids Community Foundation

Ann is the IT Manager at Grand Rapids Community Foundation where she has worked for the past 18 years with previous roles as the Grants Manager/IT Associate. She works closely with all staff to closely integrate technology in order to help achieve their strategic and professional goals. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Ferris State University with a minor in Computer Information Systems.


Carlos Pagoaga
Group Director, Partnerships, The Coca-Cola Company

Carlos Pagoaga is Group Director, Partnerships for The Coca-Cola Company where he is responsible for managing the Company’s community engagement efforts including strategic partnerships, grantmaking, and matching gifts. He has 29 years of national and international experience in external-facing roles including Community Relations, Public Relations, and Grant Management with The Coca-Cola Foundation. Carlos is also involved in numerous community activities and serves as a board member on Piedmont Park Conservancy and Trust for Public Land.


Kathe Elwell
Senior Director, Development Operations, YMCA of the USA

Kathe Elwell has been with YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) since 2009, and has been heading up Y grantmaking at their national resource office since 2010. In her current role as Senior Director of Development Operations, she also oversees Y-USA proposal development, donor data and reporting, and the fiscal and programmatic stewardship of awards. Y-USA sub-grants upwards of $30M annually to YMCAs nationwide.

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Mariana Catz
Managing Partner, Gen3

Mariana brings over 20 years of transformational leadership in the not-for-profit, public and private sectors. She has held senior roles driving digital and business transformation combined with her deep expertise in outcome and impact measurement. She was Chief Operating Officer at the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Canada’s largest granting foundation. There, she spearheaded the complete overhaul and implementation of the largest evidence and outcomes-based granting methodology and its associated systems. Mariana has held roles as Chief Information Officer, Senior VP Transformation, Health Canada’s Chief Advisor for eHealth. Mariana worked internationally through her roles as a Partner at Accenture Inc and at the World Health Organization in Geneva.

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