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Summer Quarterly Membership Meeting | Justice and Inclusion in Grantmaking Practice

June 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


**Please note the correct time of this event is 10 am – 12 pm. It was listed incorrectly in a recent email communication. Our apologies for the error and confusion.**

Session Overview:

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Forget best practices. Well, at least set them aside for now.  We suspect many of those practices support the status quo. If we were to design the grantmaking process to contribute to a more just and equitable world, what would that look like? Join us in this session as we get specific about the types of grantmaking practices that support – or hinder – equity. We’ll work through each stage of the grantmaking lifecycle to consider all of the ways you can embrace more equitable practices.

During this workshop, participants will:

  • Discover practices that support more equitable grantmaking;
  • Learn about overcoming organizational barriers to change; and
  • Explore possible next steps for working toward greater internal alignment between grantmaking practices and the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The conversation will also include some updates about demographic data priorities emerging in the national philanthropic field. We hope you can join us for the conversation and to learn more about PEAK Grantmaking’s Drive Equity tools and resources.

Learning Objectives:

  • Deepen your understanding of equity and equitable grantmaking approaches/practices
  • Provide space to reflect on how your foundation’s structures and systems can center on equity
  • Reflect on your role in supporting equitable outcomes
  • Access tools and discussion questions to explore grantmaking policy and practice change at your organization
  • Understand how demographic data is being used throughout the field to support equitable grantmaking

Who should attend?

  • Foundation executives who support organizational culture and operations
  • Grantmaking staff who support grant programs and programming
  • Program staff who coordinate nonprofit networks and coalitions
  • Evaluation staff who track and monitor progress for the foundation and/or their community
  • Staff at new foundations that are establishing their grant programs and focus areas

Please join us – we think this session has something for everyone!

Our Speaker:

Melissa Sines, Programs and Knowledge Director

Melissa Sines is Programs and Knowledge Director at PEAK Grantmaking. This position leads PEAK Grantmaking’s work to identify effective, efficient, and equitable philanthropic practices and advocate for their adoption by grantmakers. This role combines two important functions: Developing strong strategies and partnerships in order to raise awareness of our practice work and increase our impact in the sector and to develop our knowledge base of the current and changing state of practice in the field. Melissa started at PEAK Grantmaking as the Effective Practices Program Manager in 2018.

Prior to joining PEAK Grantmaking, Melissa was the Education and Accreditation Director at Maryland Nonprofits and the Standards for Excellence Institute, where she oversaw nonprofit accreditation and the association’s learning community.

Melissa is currently a board member at the Maryland Center for Economic Policy and on the advisory board for the Business and Economic Department at the Notre Dame of Maryland University. She also serves as Co-Chair for the United Philanthropy Forum’s Program Committee and on the Funder’s Planning Committee for the Frederick County Nonprofit Summit. She has served on committees for Independent Sector, the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers, the Frederick Giving Project, and numerous other nonprofits in her local community. She received her MPA from the University of Baltimore and her BA from Hood College.

Melissa is a self-professed nonprofit dork and accidental techie. She is passionate about organizing people and projects to promote social justice.


June 9
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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