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PEAK Grantmaking

Charting New Paths for Grants Management

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While 2021 has been a year of turmoil and heartbreak, it has also been one of inspiration and hope. This past year, grants professionals have been able to make a profound difference through their work by adapting and innovating their practices at a time of great need, and by leaning on the generosity of this network of peers for support, resources, ideas, and camaraderie.

In preparation for our 25th anniversary, we reconnected with our co-founders, Ann Gael and Margaret Egan, along with new and longtime members, to reflect on our organization’s history, evolution, and vision for what’s ahead. When Ann and Margaret met for lunch in 1996, they were looking to connect and learn with peers to become better grants management professionals and better support the nonprofits they funded. They became trailblazers.

As our community grew and its collective knowledge and expertise increased, grants managers raised their hands to take on more responsibilities, moved from administrative into strategic roles, and evolved those roles to keep moving the field of philanthropy forward.

Today, we see more varied job titles in the PEAK community than ever—in operations, technology, finance, and executive roles—and our members continue to blaze new trails in the profession and in their careers.

I’m excited to celebrate our collective achievements with you! Here, we share the new ways that we are building community and supporting the career development of grants professionals—including virtual chapter programming, new peer group opportunities, and our first-ever pilot mentoring program.

Thank you to the more than 200 volunteers who have stepped up to lead these efforts, including our chapter officers, peer group co-chairs, board members, and committee members.

Together, we can do amazing things and continue to blaze new trails for the profession and for philanthropy.