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PEAK2021 Online

PEAK2021 Online

Across eight days in May, more than 1,300 grants professionals stepped back from their day-to-day to reconnect with PEAK colleagues and strengthen our community.

Together, we examined and expanded upon a pivotal and visionary year—PEAK’s 25th in existence. Across keynotes, breakouts, peer groups, and more, we looked at 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.

Continuing PEAK’s 25-year commitment to centering equity and community, we focused on how we listen to communities, support adaptable communities, learn with our community, and create equitable community. Our PEAK2021 program helped 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 were also plenty of opportunities to connect with peers: to learn more about your local chapter, find an affinity group or community practice to join, self-organize a meet-up; and join a wellness activity, a musical performance, or a happy hour – truly, something for everyone!


Our six keynotes and all recorded breakout sessions are now available on demand.


LaTosha Brown
LaTosha Brown: Engaging and Investing in Community


Open to community

100 Year Vision Keynote
A 100-Year Vision for Philanthropy: An Introduction to Justice Funders’ Resonance Framework


Members only

Michael McAfee and Amanda Navarro: Building Trust with Communities


Open to community

Pamela Newkirk
Pamela Newkirk: Beyond Diversity


Open to community

Lessons in Facilitating Community Connection While Deepening the Funder-Grantee Relationships


Members only

The Changing Face of Philanthropy


Open to community

Breakout Sessions

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Build Lasting Change: Investing in BIPOC-Led Non 501(c)(3) Organizations is Legal

Creating Organizational Effectiveness and Resiliency Pilot Programs for a Post-pandemic World

Participation, Power, and Philanthropy: Co-Creating Equity with Non-Profits and Communities

Putting Project Budgets to Work for Grantees

Redefining Impact through Community Lens

What You Know Shouldn’t Be About Who You Know

Best Practices for Working Remotely and Communicating with Your Board

Confessions of a DEI Data Junkie

Enhancing Community Engagement with Technology

Funding Capacity through Data Investments

Using a Trust-Based Approach to Supporting BIPOC-led Organizations

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

What Would You Do? Case Studies in Philanthropic Transformation

Thursday, May 6, 2021

(Re)defining “Intermediaries”: Partnering Strategically with Grassroots International Grantmakers

#FixTheForm: An International Movement to Advance Equity through Grantmaking Technology

Building the Future of Philanthropy

Doing Your Financial Due Diligence in a Trust-Based World

The Power of Reporting: A Pandemic Byproduct

Acting with Intention When Meeting Needs of the Field in Times of Crisis

The Woodstock Effect

Choose Your Own Adventure: Problem-Solving the Grantmaking Process through Dialogue

Creating Equitable Public-Private Partnerships

Where Intention Meets Action: Operationalizing Trust-Based Philanthropy

Applying Supply Chain Management Techniques in Philanthropy

Friday, May 7, 2021

Realizing Your System Implementation Dreams

Say AND DO: Tell Your DEI Story, Drive Inclusive Action


Thank you to the PEAK2021 Online Conference Committee for your leadership!

Shonda Barnett, Co-Chair
Senior Manager, Grants
Texas Women’s Foundation

Candy Champion, Co-Chair
Director of Grants
Turner Foundation

Sue Fulton, Co-Chair
Chief Financial Officer
Endowment for Health New Hampshire

Robin Barker
Grants and Administrative Manager
George Family Foundation

Liz Donohue
Grant Manager
Peter G. Peterson Foundation

Myriam Fizazi-Hawkins
Senior Director, Grantmaking Resource Center
National Endowment for Democracy

Chindaly Chounlamountry Griffith
Principal Consultant
Streamlife Consulting

Paula Lentoni
Grants Manager, Mott Philanthropic

Katrin Ludwig
Community Investment Manager
Methodist Healthcare Ministries

Jody Marshall
Housing Opportunities Program Associate
Meyer Memorial Trust

Ursula Stewart
Grantmaking Industry Advisor

Kyrstin Thorson Rogers
Grants Manager
Proteus Fund

Jane Van Ingen
Database Manager
Research to Prevent Blindness

Richerd Winton
Grants Management Associate
William Davidson Foundation

Special thanks to Marva Lewis McKnight of Marva Lewis McKnight Consulting for her steadfast and excellent support of PEAK Grantmaking and our annual conference each year!

Throughout the conference, join us on the mainstage for an amazing set of keynotes, along with don’t-miss music and dance performances!


LaTosha Brown: Engaging and Investing in Community

Tuesday, May 4 | 12 – 1:15 pm ET

At the intersection of social justice, political empowerment, human development, and the cultural arts, one will find LaTosha Brown. As a catalyst for change, thought leader, and social strategist, her national and global efforts have organized, inspired and catapulted people into actionenabling them to build power and wealth for themselves and their community. LaTosha is perhaps best known as the founder of Black Voters Matter, a grassroots organization dedicated to empowering marginalized communities through effective voting. During the 2020 election cycle, the organization mobilized Georgia’s electorate and was a driving force behind turning the state from red to purple. Now, the woman who has united millions of Black voters and voices will inspire you to claim and use your power and influence to build a movement for equitable practice within the organizations you serve. 

A 100-Year Vision for Philanthropy: An Introduction to Justice Funders’ Resonance Framework

Tuesday, May 5 | 12 – 1:15 pm ET

Changing philanthropy requires our collective creativity to innovate and adopt new models for governing philanthropic resources to redistribute wealth, democratize power and shift economic control to communities. Join this session for an introduction to Justice Funders’ Resonance Framework for Philanthropic Transformation, which provides an inquiry-based pathway to support your philanthropic organization in reducing extractive practices and increasing regenerative ones. You will hear from a panel of grant operations professionals who will speak about their experiences in applying this framework to their context in inspiring and actionable ways.

Michael McAfee and Amanda NavarroBuilding Trust with Communities 

Thursday, May 6 | 12 – 1:15 pm ET

Being a trustworthy partner is the first step in building strong relationships with grantees. Yet, in the current system, the rules of the game are often rigged against some communities and leaders, particularly those who face the burdens of structural racism. How can we be trusted partners when we know the rules are unfair, yet continue to enforce them or fail to use our own agency or power to change them?

PolicyLink president and CEO Michael McAfee will offer his perspective on philanthropy’s responsibility to turns its eye to systems change work and community-led movements for policy change within the context of what it means to share power with communities, grow power from within communities and use the power of philanthropy to amplify community voices. Amanda Navarro, PolicyLink’s chief impact officer and leader of the institute’s Convergence Partnership, will introduce the session and lead the Q&A portion of the program.

Pamela Newkirk: Beyond Diversity 

Tuesday, May 11 | 12 – 1:15 pm ET

Women comprise 80 percent of grants management employees, but their salaries continue to lag behind those of their male peers by as much as $10,000. How can your institution start to center equity in its recruitment, hiring, and retention processes? According to scholar and journalist Pamela Newkirk in a recent Financial Times article, these changes can only happen with “transparent metrics – a clear-eyed examination of salaries, positions, opportunities and bonuses across racial and gender lines. Only then could managers detect and disrupt patterns of bias that had metastasized in unequal pay, promotions, bonuses and hiring along racial and gender lines” and “a system of accountability, in which a task force oversaw its efforts to improve diversity in nine key areas: performance, management, staffing, compensation, education, equal employment opportunity, problem resolution, career development, succession, planning and mentoring.”

In this presentation, Pamela, whose 2019 book Diversity Inc.: The Fight for Racial Equality in the Workplace was named by Time magazine as one of the must-read books of the year, will explore the principles of people and culture management and how they build into creating workplace equity that will in turn diversify philanthropic leadership.

Lessons in Facilitating Community Connection While Deepening the Funder-Grantee Relationships

Wednesday, May 12 | 12 – 1:15 pm ET

To effectively meet the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing social and political unrest, philanthropy must act in a collective, unified, and immediate manner. This past year showed us that rapid change is not only possible in philanthropy, but absolutely necessary for this sector to maximize its impact. Funders are working not only to reduce grantee burden, but also to deepen collaboration between the private and public sectors. Additionally, funders are in a position where they need to figure out how to balance maintaining their operational standards while also tackling each of these new objectives with the requisite level of urgency.

Fluxx’s Kerrin Mitchell will moderate a panel discussion that will explore how philanthropy an apply lessons learned from the events of 2020 and the concept of collective action in addition to surfacing examples of how funders and technologists are working together to not only deepen relationships with one another, but provide grantees with more support, structure, transparency, and communication.

Kerrin Mitchell, Chief Development Officer, Fluxx
Sam Caplan, Vice President of Social Impact, Submittable
Dan Lammot
, Co-founder and CEO, 
Timothy Robinson, Vice President of Administration and Partnerships, Lumina Foundation

The Changing Face of Philanthropy 

Thursday, May 13 | 3:15 – 4:30pm ET

To close the PEAK2021 Online program on a high notePEAK President and CEO Satonya Fair will bring together a panel of foundation CEOs who are women of color to examine the changing face of philanthropy. Over the course of their conversation, these dynamic leaders will share stories about their career journeys, how they are utilizing their power as funders to best fulfill their organizations’ missions, and the ways in which they are reimagining how they are in relationship with their grantees and their communities at large.  

Satonya Fair, President and CEO, PEAK Grantmaking
Crystal Hayling, Executive Director, Libra Foundation
Carmen Rojas, President and CEO, Marguerite Casey Foundation
Sherece West-Scantlebury, President & CEO, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation 



Norma’s Academy of Dance 

Tuesday, May 4 | 1:15 – 1:30pm ET

Norma’s Academy of Dance is the longest-standing African-American-founded studio in the metro-Atlanta region. Established in 1972 by the late Norma B. Mitchell, the academy serves as a haven for young African-American artists to train and learn a multiplicity of genres in the arts. The academy is a technique-based studio offering a well-balanced, comprehensive dance education in a wide variety of styles, including ballet, hip hop, jazz, modern, pointe, and tap. In this performance, artistic director Djana Bell, the daughter of the founder, introduces us to the academy and to the production “She,” which celebrates the empowerment of African-American women and girls.

The Latin Flavor of Kimera

Thursday, May 6 | 1:15 – 1:30pm ET

Kimera is a Latin flamenco band based in Los Angeles, California. The sound of the group is a mix of the finest rhythms of Latin America and Spain that will take you on an amazing musical journey. Kimera plays a variety of styles mainly focusing on rumba, flamenco, boleros, Brazilian and Latin jazz. The repertory includes both well-known music as well as original compositions.

Recording Artist Mayyadda

Tuesday, May 11 | 1:15 – 1:30pm ET

Mayyadda is a singer-songwriter from Minneapolis who creates music to encourage people to slow down, find themselves from another perspective, and feel their way towards individual and collective healing. With an eclectic mix of neo-soul vocals, folksy guitar, pop-style piano with the occasional trap beat sprinkled in for flavor, she likes to refer to her genre as, “BlackGirlMagic.” She has been active as a recording artist since 2015, and has since released three projects, the most recent being Holding Space, which came out in 2018.

New Orleans Band Parigi

Thursday, May 13 | 12:00 – 12:30pm ET

Brass Band PARIGI is a diversified group of professional musicians living in New Orleans who band together as a musical family. The forefront of our performances are to entertain audiences from around the globe with the iconic sounds of New Orleans brass band and jazz music. The group promotes the preservation of the rich history and culture of brass band music that has been a part of New Orleans’s culture for generations.

Affinity Groups & Communities of Practice

This year, PEAK is co-creating two kinds of opportunities for peer connection, learning, and support, based on topics and identities lifted up by our community. Each group will hold its first meeting at the conference (per schedule below), so please sign up and plan to attend!

Six Affinity Groups, open to all members, are focused on networking and peer learning.

  • Black Caucus
  • Latinx Caucus
  • Asian American Pacific Islanders Affinity Group
  • Accountability & Action for Allies Affinity Group
  • Small Foundations Affinity Group
  • Corporate Grantmakers Affinity Group

Three Communities of Practice, open to PEAK Organization and Consultant Members, are focused on organization-based peer learning, and resource sharing and development.

  • DEI 101 Learning and Support Community
  • Equitable Grantmaking Practices Community
  • Tech and Data Futurists Community


If you need assistance, please contact our team at

Equitable Grantmaking Community of Practice
Wednesday, May 5 | 3:00 – 4:30 pm ET

This session will be an introductory meeting to this new community of practice. In this session we will establish group goals, expectations, and ideas will be developed and shared. Co-Chairs are: Katie Kaluza, Director of Grants Management, the Chicago Community Trust and Kelly Hayashi, Director of Grants Management, the Heising-Simons Foundation.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Learning Community of Practice
Wednesday, May 5 | 3:00 – 4:30 pm ET
Tech and Data Community of Practice Discussion
Friday, May 7 | 1:30 – 3:00 pm ET
Black Caucus Kick-Off Meeting: Navigating Black Trauma in the Workplace
Friday, May 7 | 3:00 – 4:30 pm ET

This session will connect Black professionals in philanthropy to create a thriving network. We will discuss our expectations and priorities of the Black Caucus while holding space to address trauma and navigate resources to promote healing. We recognize that this is a critical moment to address mental health in the community. A portion of the session will be moderated by a Black mental health professional.

Latinx Caucus First Meeting
Friday, May 7 | 3:00 – 4:30 pm ET
Asian American Pacific Islanders Affinity Group Meeting
Wednesday, May 12 | 3:00 – 4:30 pm ET

The new Asian American Pacific Islander Affinity Group is a space where PEAK members who identify as AAPI can connect, network, and support one another.

Small Foundations Affinity Group Meeting
Monday, May 10 | 1:00 – 2:30 pm ET

Are you working at a foundation with a small staff? Does your foundation have a small grants department? Does your foundation have small assets or is your yearly grantmaking small? If you answered yes to any of these questions, we invite you to join your small but mighty foundation colleagues for a discussion on our newly formed affinity group. There will be some survey/polling questions, small group breakouts, and discussion on the next steps for this group. Your input is critical, and we want to hear from you. We look forward to connecting with everyone!

Accountability & Action for Allies Affinity Group
Monday, May 10 | 3:30 – 5:00 pm ET

Do you care about diversity and inclusion but find yourself questioning how you can best support people and communities of color both personally and professionally? Do you consider yourself an ally who would benefit from a judgement-free space where you can engage with your colleagues in open, honest, and sometimes uncomfortable discussions about allyship? If so, please join our first session where we will share ideas and develop goals and expectations for our group.

Corporate Grantmakers Affinity Group Meeting
Wednesday, May 12 | 3:00 – 4:30 pm ET

This will be the first Corporate Grantmakers Affinity Group meeting and will focus on getting to know one another, defining our group identity, and identifying group needs.

Chapter Meetings

All 14 of our chapter communities are coming together at conference! Join regional colleagues to connect and learn.

Looking for your chapter? Find it here.


PEAK Florida: Vendor Catwalk
Wednesday, May 5 | 10:30 – 10:45 am ET

Join your fellow PEAK Florida Chapter members as we share our preferred vendors for geographic information systems (GIS), also known as mapping; grants management systems (GMS); EVAL (evaluation and research); and MarCom (marketing and communications. In this session, you’ll walk away with a toolkit of experts, resources, and best practices that will bring your grantmaking to the next level.

PEAK Southeast: Equity Roadmap
Wednesday, May 5 | 10:30 – 10:45 am ET

Are you wondering how to begin or continue down the road to more equitable practices but are feeling overwhelmed by information overload? Join us for an in-depth exploration of the Equity Roadmap developed by a team of SECF Hull Fellows, including Susan Aspinwall, executive director of the Sara Giles Moore Foundation, and Kendra J. Jones, director for health equity, arts and culture and accountant at the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation. They’ll introduce you to an interactive tool that can connect your foundation with resources it can use to support its equity journey, whether it’s just starting to chart its course, looking for some roadside assistance, or checking in for some routine maintenance. You’ll also hear from Aisha Fletcher and Oronde Miller about the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s equity journey and how they build equity into their day-to-day work.

PEAK Mideast: Chat and Chew
Wednesday, May 5 | 1:30 – 2:45 pm ET

Grab your snack and a beverage, join your colleagues from Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, and western Pennsylvania during this networking hour to get to know your fellow chapter members a little better! While it will be a casual conversation where you can commiserate or humblebrag freely, we hope to discuss realistic ways we can help each other balance the tension between supporting adaptable communities via streamlining grant applications and reducing grantee burden while simultaneously meeting the appetites of senior leadership and trustees for ever-increasing amounts of information. How can grants management staff find harmony? We hope to get closer to the answer, or at least just feel like we are not alone.

PEAK Midwest: Creating a New Balance
Wednesday, May 5 | 1:30 – 2:45 pm ET

An equitable and sustainable community aims at creating unity through diversity, where everyone is empowered to contribute in their own unique and authentic way. Denial of our authentic experiences, division over who is right and who is wrong, and cancel culture are not sustainable for a healthy community, nor do they engender growth, innovation, connection, evolution, equity, or inclusion. This session will get to the roots of personal empowerment and choice so that we can each develop the mindset required to generate the unity we seek in every situation. We will need to shift our personal perspective from seeing situations through the lens of who is right and wrong to what is right for us while also allowing others to do what is right for them. When we recognize where we are now, we can allow ourselves to integrate and balance out the new reality we are living personally, professionally, and virtually.

PEAK New England: Spring Happy Hour
Thursday, May 6 | 5:00 – 6:00 pm ET

Whether you’re a veteran chapter member or new to PEAK New England, we welcome you to join friends and colleagues for our spring happy hour! We’ll start with updates from the PEAK New England steering committee and highlights of PEAK’s ongoing programming opportunities to support you and keep you engaged. Then, plan to mix and mingle with colleagues and swap tips, tricks, and tools that have helped you stay organized, saved you time and increased your productivity and efficiency. Bring your own beverage of choice and bring your own appetizers are encouraged. Details about how to connect via Zoom will be shared following registration. We hope you’ll join us and look forward to connecting with you virtually!

PEAK Delaware Valley: Mingle Mingle Chat Chat
Friday, May 7 | 10:30 – 11:45 am ET

Bring your drink and snack of choice and join your colleagues from the PEAK Delaware Valley Chapter for networking and Delaware Valley trivia! Members will get a chance to introduce themselves and share their current challenges with the group for feedback and participate in a lighthearted game of trivia focused on our region. First-, second-, and third-place winners will receive PEAK swag bundles as prizes! Come casual and ready to compete! If you would like to share a challenge with the group or have a trivia question to include (one per member), please send to and by Friday, April 16.

PEAK Northeast: Chapter Meeting and Networking
Friday, May 7 | 12:00 – 1:15 pm ET

Enjoy an opportunity to meet and network with your PEAK Northeast Chapter colleagues.

PEAK Greater Washington, DC: Funding BIPOC-Led Organizations and Movements for Systemic Change
Wednesday, May 12 | 1:30 – 2:45 pm ET

Meyer Foundation partnership and strategy director Julian A. Haynes will join us to explain the importance of—and answer questions about—funding BIPOC-led organizations and movements that are dedicated to changing systems. This will be an open forum where participants can ask questions about this important work. In addition to our discussion, chapter leaders will give an update on PEAK Greater Washington DC Chapter programming for the rest of the year.

PEAK Southern California: Networking and Discussion
Wednesday, May 12 | 1:30 – 2:45 pm ET

Join the PEAK Southern California Chapter for an afternoon of networking, games, and discussions on grants management systems and how your organization drives and engages in diversity, equity, and inclusion.

PEAK Minnesota: Networking and Discussion
Wednesday, May 12 | 4:30 – 5:45 pm ET

Join your PEAK Minnesota Chapter colleagues for small group breakouts and networking. Possible topics may include how our organizations are engaging community or starting to think about engaging community, how we are addressing the new challenges we face as we pass a full year of pandemic philanthropy. We will reach out to our members as the time nears to hone in on a few subjects. Most of all, we look forward to connecting with everyone!

PEAK Northern California: Networking
Wednesday, May 12 | 4:30 – 5:45 pm ET

Join your Northern California PEAK colleagues for an informal networking event. Connect, commiserate, and share your challenges, successes, and plans.

PEAK Pacific Northwest: Prioritizing and Centering Wellness for the Grants Manager
Wednesday, May 12 | 4:30 – 5:45 pm ET

During the past year, we have had to learn how to operate in new ways. Many of us are now working from home in places not conducive to productivity. Others are suffering from overwhelming feelings while juggling seen and unseen stresses, be it a lack of regular social interaction or caring for children, elders, or other loved ones. It can be hard to recognize the impact this has had on our bodies and minds, especially if you feel that you don’t have it as bad as someone else. Join the PEAK Pacific Northwest Chapter to explore the idea of compassion fatigue and learn how to protect ourselves from it. We will discuss how to recognize compassion fatigue, why it is important to recognize signs of its impact on us, and the stress and wear it can have on our bodies and minds. The session will feature tools to combat feelings of anxiety and overwhelm brought on by compassion fatigue and other ways to avoid burnout.

PEAK Rocky Mountain: Share Your Conference A-Ha Moments
Wednesday, May 12 | 4:30 – 5:45 pm ET

Join PEAK’s Rocky Mountain Chapter for a session where we share our a-ha moments and lessons learned during PEAK2021 Online. We’d love to hear what resonated with you, what you’re taking back to your work, and ideas that excited you. This informal session will include peer-led information sharing and networking.

PEAK Southwest: Chapter Meeting Connect
Wednesday, May 12 | 4:30 – 5:45 pm ET

Connect with your fellow PEAK Southwest Chapter members! This session will include networking with fellow chapter members through breakout groups. You’ll also meet the 2021 leadership team and hear more about what we have in store for programs throughout the year.

Social Events

Join colleagues from across the PEAK community to connect, re-connect, and celebrate coming together. Inspiration, fun and games, and reminiscing ahead!
Newcomer Orientation and Welcome Happy Hour
Tuesday, May 4 | 4:00 – 5:00 pm ET

Are you new to PEAK Grantmaking? Is this your first time at our annual conference? Join us to learn about PEAK, connect with other members, and hear advice on how to navigate and make the most of the conference.

25th Anniversary Happy Hour: PEAK Tales over PEAK-tails
Thursday, May 6 | 4:00 – 5:00 pm ET

PEAK’s Annual Conference is like a family reunion for many of our members. Whether you have been to every conference or are brand new to PEAK, join us for this special happy hour where we’ll reminisce over past conferences, share stories, network, and have fun. We’ll even share themed cocktail/mocktail recipes – our PEAK-tails – for you to try at home and enjoy during the happy hour.

International Civil Rights Center & Museum Tour
Monday, May 10 | 12:00 – 1:30 pm ET

Join us for a live, interactive virtual tour of the International Civil Rights Center & Museum in Greensboro, NC. This tour will feature the Woolworth lunch counter where in 1960 four North Carolina Agriculture and Technical State University students led a sit-in to protest racist policies that launched a larger movement to fight inequity. This cultural institution is a testament to the bravery of the young people who demanded equality and who still inspire and offer lessons for us today.

Virtual Game Break
Tuesday, May 11 | 4:00 – 5:00 pm ET

Just because we are meeting virtually doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun together. Join PEAK and your peers to play games and enjoy each other’s company – and a little friendly competition

Board Alumni Reception
Tuesday, May 11 | 5:00 – 6:00 pm ET

Join current and past PEAK board members and enjoy an evening of fun after a day of learning and networking. Bring your own snack or beverage and find a comfortable place to participate away from your desk.

PEAK Volunteer Appreciation Reception
Thursday, May 13 | 4:30 – 5:30 pm ET

We love our volunteers! All PEAK Grantmaking regional and national volunteers – past and present – are invited to celebrate together at this reception, which will start immediately following our closing keynote panel.


This event has passed. Registration fees cover all programming and materials, along with access to the recordings until August 13, 2021.
Registration Fee
Organization Member $125
Consultant Member $125
Individual Member $225
Non-member $325


Who should attend PEAK2021?

Our audience is expanding each year. Currently, it consists of professionals at all types and sizes of funding institutions working in grants management, IT, programs, operations, evaluation and learning, and executive-level roles. Speaking generally, these professionals are multidisciplinary in background and play a part in stewarding the grantmaking process within funding institutions.

What is PEAK’s virtual meeting code of conduct?

Review our policy

Are scholarships available?

Yes! We recognize that not everyone can afford to attend professional development opportunities. Scholarships that cover all individual registration fees are a way that we try to eliminate that barrier for those that would like to attend our annual conference.

Eligibility: Scholarships are open to any individual working for a grantmaking institution or philanthropy support organization. You must be a U.S. citizen and member of PEAK Grantmaking.

Deadlines: Scholarship applications are due by April 10, and accepted applicants will be notified by April 15.


Thank you to Ascendium Education Group and the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust for making these scholarships possible.

What is your cancellation/substitution policy?

Requests for conference registration cancellation and fee refunds must be received by Friday, April 9, 2021 and are subject to a $50 non-refundable administrative fee. No refunds will be granted for requests received on or after April 10, 2021. 

Participants may avoid the $50 cancellation fee by transferring their registration to a colleague or peer with the same membership level or by electing to apply their conference fee to a future paid event within the same calendar year. Any balance not applied to an event by December 31, 2021 is forfeited. 

Requests for cancellations and substitutions must be submitted in writing. to 


When will the conference app be available?

The conference app and website will go live on April 26. At that time, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the platform on your desktop computer or via mobile; add sessions to your schedule; and start to connect with vendors, speakers, and others attending the conference.

Will I receive copies of session presentation materials?

All available session materials will be available in the conference app.

What is the photo/video/media policy for the event?

During PEAK2021, we will be photographing and recording various aspects of our programs, and your image, voice, and chats might be captured. In addition, we capture evaluation data for programming design and testimonial purposes. Through event registration, attendees accept the terms of our release:

Photography/Video/Audio Release
By participating in this conference, you authorize PEAK Grantmaking to use and reproduce any photographs, videos, chats, and audio recordings taken, for promotion or distribution. PEAK Grantmaking recognizes that people have varying levels of comfort being recorded. Since PEAK2021 is virtual, there are straightforward ways to ensure your voice or likeness will not be recorded. For more information, please contact   

Are there sponsorship opportunities?

We welcome your interest in to supporting PEAK2021 Online. In addition, we are offering a range of options to support and engage with our community in celebration of our 25th Anniversary Year. The deadline to select sponsorship options for summer events is May 15, and for fall events by July 15.

Though the initial commitment deadline has passed, we are still welcoming additional sponsors and exhibitors to be part of our conference. Please email Clare Larson at as soon as possible to secure your spot. The final deadline to commit for conference sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities is March 31.


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