In honor of Valentine’s Day and the upcoming New York Regional Chapter Let’s CONNECT session in late February, I wanted to spread the love of connecting with grants management professionals. Time and again, I hear from members across our 14 regional chapters that they love PEAK Grantmaking because it offers them a way to connect with their peers to share challenges on the job, brainstorm solutions, and simply learn how others effectively manage the nuts and bolts of grantmaking.
Here are some (almost) effortless ways to get started—or continue—networking with like-minded professionals in your region and across the globe:
- Post a discussion on PEAK Grantmaking’s CONNECT Open Forum. Grants management professionals are the most responsive individuals I have ever had the pleasure of working with, and it shows on our online CONNECT communities!Wondering how other grants management professionals handle a certain situation or if they’ve run into the same speedbump as you? Visit CONNECT, log in, and go to the Open Forum to post a question. Odds are, you’ll get a helpful response! Not sure you’re ready to put yourself out there with a post? No worries! Try the search feature to see if your topic has been discussed already.
Only members can post! If you’re not a member, learn more about joining today.
- Attend a regional chapter event. Regional chapter volunteer leaders have been hard at work this winter scheduling their programs for the upcoming year. Regional chapters strive to offer at least 2 educational sessions every year, along with opportunities to connect informally (such as coffee hours, happy hours, and new member breakfasts). Want to see what’s on the calendar? Visit our events page to see what’s happening in your neck of the woods.
- Registered for #PEAK2018? Download the conference app. Are you planning to attend #PEAK2018 in sunny Orlando, Florida? Download the conference app to see who else is attending! Check out the attendee directory through the app menu. See someone you’d like to connect with? Just click their name and send them a message. Be sure to upload your picture and bio, too. Coming soon, we’ll have a CONNECT community for #PEAK2018 attendees, so watch for that announcement.
This Valentine’s Day, find another reason to love PEAK Grantmaking by connecting to other grants management professionals in a new way. If you’re in the New York area, register to participate in my upcoming Let’s CONNECT session on February 27th at 2:30pm ET at the Open Society Foundations, where we’ll take a deeper dive into this topic. I can’t wait to CONNECT with you in 2018!