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PEAK2021 Online

Philanthropy and COVID-19: Diving into the Data
A year and a half since the global outbreak of COVID-19, the world is still recovering. In 2020, we saw grantmakers react swiftly, not only directing money to organizations on the ground but also making significant changes to their grantmaking practices and priorities to better help nonprofits face the myriad challenges brought on by the pandemic. The vaccine rollout brings a light of hope, but the long-term socioeconomic and health effects will likely not subside any time soon, even as the number of new virus infections starts to fall. Philanthropy will be called upon again to ensure nonprofits and non-governmental organizations are equipped to provide important resources, without worrying about their own financial health.
In this session, Candid will share the latest coronavirus-related funding figures, take a deep dive in to a regional COVID-19-related data collection effort, and discuss important lessons learned. This session is designed to help funders understand the dynamics of disaster philanthropy with a focus on using data to guide decisions. Highlights will include COVID-19-related funding analysis, publicly available tools and data sets to inform your work, the need for funders to make investments in long-term recovery and mitigation efforts for future disasters, and the sector-wide benefits and challenges of sharing grants data. In addition, you will get an in-person update of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy and Candid's first edition of the Philanthropy and COVID-19 report. First published in August 2020, it examined giving during the first half of the calendar year and showed that, proportionately, little institutional funding was directed toward BIPOC communities.
Session Type: Breakouts
Session Format: Workshop Session
Track: Learning with Community

Courage in Practice
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 action, enabling them to build power and wealth for themselves and their community.


Your PEAK20201 registration fee covers 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 here

Are scholarships available?

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

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 [email protected].

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?[email protected].?? 

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 [email protected] as soon as possible to secure your spot. The final deadline to commit for conference sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities is March 31.


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

Candy Champion, Co-Chair
Director of Grants
Turner Foundation

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

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

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

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