Looking for professional development beyond a classroom? Interested in building strong relationships with your local and national peers? Think about your last performance review or an attractive job posting that floated across your desk. Were there skills you lacked or were less confident about?

Volunteering with PEAK Grantmaking can help members practice existing skills or even better, gain new ones! Whatever your interest, PEAK Grantmaking can help build your resume. You must be a current member to volunteer with PEAK Grantmaking. Learn how to join now!

EVERYONE is welcome and encouraged to participate; any PEAK Grantmaking member may serve. Your work can be as involved as your schedule permits. Work teams generally meet by phone so no travel is required.

Examples of volunteer opportunities include:

  • Monitoring developments in the field, setting standards and best practices, and sharing that knowledge through the GM Guide, newsletter, conference, and other vehicles.
  • Managing a regional chapter.
  • Designing and delivering sessions for regional meetings and the PEAK Grantmaking Annual Conference.
  • Building fundraising skills that can help you better understand your grantee’s challenges.
  • Developing strategies to help PEAK Grantmaking’s members take full advantage of what the organization has to offer them.


For more information on volunteer opportunities, contact Nicole Seay.

Read what PEAK Grantmaking volunteers have to say!

“Volunteering with PEAK Grantmaking has provided me with the opportunity to grow as a leader, a professional, and a grants manager. I’ve also been able, via regional educational programs and volunteer meetings and the national conference, to develop and strengthen relationships with colleagues in the philanthropic field.” Kimberly Canfield, Grants Manager, Peter G. Peterson Foundation

“Volunteering with PEAK Grantmaking has been a tremendously rewarding experience. It has given me the opportunity to meet new colleagues in the field and to grow professionally and personally. Most importantly, I have learned valuable lessons about serving others and working as a team. It’s a privilege and honor to volunteer with so many great and inspiring individuals.” Danielle Cheslog, Grants Manager, Otto Bremer Foundation

“Volunteering for PEAK Grantmaking gives me a greater sense of belonging to the organization, and has enabled me to connect with other members on a more collaborative level. The camaraderie I’ve experienced being a PEAK Grantmaking volunteer is very valuable as I’m still early in my career. It also feels great to debrief with my fellow regional officers after a successful event, while also honing in on what we could do better going forward.” Liz Donohue, Grants Administrator, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

“My time as a PEAK Grantmaking volunteer has been invaluable. I met so many different people and honed my leadership, project management, and communication skills all while staying at the forefront of important topics in philanthropy and grants management. This experience has helped me grow both professionally and personally and I would recommend it to any and all PEAK Grantmaking members.” Tara Havlicek, Program Officer, Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation