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The Future is Near!

PEAK2018: Creating the Future Together is right around the corner. I hope you’re planning to join us at the 13th annual PEAK Grantmaking conference, March 19-21 in Orlando, Florida.

Although we’ll be very close to the Magic Kingdom, there’s no mystery about why you should attend: more than 50 breakout sessions covering seven learning tracks, plenary presentations from leading experts, roundtables, short talks, speed networking, dine-arounds, regional chapter meetings, vendor exhibits, and more. And don’t forget the pre-conference sessions: GM101, Data Boot Camp, and Responsive Philanthropy and Racial Equity. Hard to believe all of this is packed into a few days.

Plus, no standing in line for Space Mountain! (OK, I went to Disney World way too many times as a kid).

One of the things I like best about the annual PEAK Grantmaking conference is the opportunity to meet and talk with other grants managers. Most grants managers share a common language and skill set relevant to the particular requirements of the profession and its role in grantmaking. It’s really easy to chat with other GMs about their work.

However, because the responsibilities fulfilled by today’s grants managers also vary greatly from organization to organization, every GM I’ve met also has a unique perspective and experience to share. Whether it’s in technology, data, operations, evaluation and impact, finance, program administration, compliance, collaboration, or effectiveness, it’s always interesting to learn about the ways other GMs are adding value within their organizations and strengthening the profession. Grants managers really are helping drive the future of philanthropy, and the PEAK Grantmaking annual conference is an inspiring reminder of how important and fulfilling this work is.

And, finally, in addition to all the things that make this annual convening of grants management professionals so great, of particular note this year is one new learning track — Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Every session block will have at least one presentation devoted to this topic, and several of the conference plenaries will focus on the challenges and opportunities for philanthropy to promote fairness and justice through grantmaking, an especially critical mission given the political and policy climate of today. Just one more reason to head to Orlando in March.

Looking forward to seeing you there!