The annual PEAK Grantmaking Conference is something that we look forward to every year. It is a time to see our amazing members face to face, share our work, and meet incredible changemakers from across the United States. This year, however, has turned out quite a bit different as PEAK prioritized public health recommendations and the safety of its attendees by moving the conference online.
While we greatly missed the opportunity to gather in person, we also appreciate the opportunity to connect virtually through Peak 2020 Online, and through our continued sponsorship of the event in its new format. This year's events will continue beyond the month of May, as speakers will be presenting on topics originally scheduled for the conference into the summer. The focus of the conference is equity, justice, and inclusion in grantmaking and best practices to narrow the power gap. NGOsource's senior counsel, Sarah Miller, will present on equivalency determinations and the impact of COVID-19 on the certification process, together with NGOsource member, JPMorgan Chase & Co. General manager and TechSoup's general counsel, Martha Lackritz-Peltier, will share about STEP, a new due diligence tool designed to allow resource-stretched NGOs to focus on direct service, impact, and partnership with funders. Even in an online forum, PEAK has provided multiple opportunities to connect, learn, and be inspired by the powerful work being done in the field.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced all of us to shift our practices, adjust to new tools, and constantly adapt to a rapidly changing landscape. PEAK2020 Online is demonstrating that despite immense challenges, philanthropy will find a way to connect, collaborate, and change the world, by whatever means necessary.