Make the most of the biggest gathering ever of grants management professionals by taking advantage of the many opportunities throughout the conference to intentionally connect with your colleagues from across the country and the globe. You’ll make and deepen valuable relationships with peers; share challenges, effective practices, and new ideas to implement in your work; and learn about new solutions to bring back to your foundation from our exhibitors.

Along with these networking opportunities, challenge yourself to meet someone new at each of our lengthened networking coffee breaks. A little courage to say hello and strike up a conversation can go a long way to learning more ways to be courageous in practice, too. Happy networking!


Newcomers’ Orientation
5:30pm – 6:15pm
502 Cowlitz
Are you new to PEAK Grantmaking? Is this your first time at our annual conference? Join us to learn about PEAK, connect with other members, and hear advice on how to navigate and make the most of the conference.

Welcome Happy Hour
Sponsored by Blackbaud
6:30pm – 8:00pm             
Ballroom Foyer, Level 3
Kick off your conference experience by catching up with friends and making new connections before it officially begins.


Chapter Officers’ Meeting
7:00am – 8:15am
306 Duwamish
Calling all chapter officers! Grab your breakfast and join us to hear important updates from PEAK staff, understand opportunities for your chapter in 2020, and network with fellow volunteer leaders from across the country.

Facilitated Networking
4:30pm – 5:30pm
Ballroom, Level 3
Come make connections with other conference attendees! Learn what folks in the profession are working on, share your professional story, and build your own professional network of peers. Don’t forget to bring lots of business cards to this event.

Opening Reception
Sponsored by Walton Family Foundation
6:00pm – 7:30pm   
Regency Ballroom, 7th Floor 
Celebrate the power of coming together with your peers across philanthropy to elevate your leadership, improve your organization’s practices, and re-energize for the year ahead. Enjoy the food and fun.


Chapter Meetings
8:30am – 10:00am
Levels 3 & 5
Attend your region’s chapter meeting to make connections with colleagues from your local area, hear about chapter plans for the year ahead, and participate in programming created by your peers.

Volunteer Appreciation Reception
5:30pm – 6:30pm   
Daniel’s Broiler – Rickhouse Lounge, Level 2
We love our volunteers! All PEAK Grantmaking regional and national volunteers are invited to celebrate together at this reception.

Lobby escalators, Level 1
Get together with colleagues, recent and long-time, for a fun, informal night on the town. Sign up in the Expo Hall.

Monday – Wednesday

Wellness Walk & Run
7:00am – 8:00am
Lobby escalators, Level 1
Start each day with a boost and see the sights! Join our Connections Committee and fellow attendees for an early morning walk/run.

Morning Meditation
7:00am – 8:00am
307 Methow
Start each day with guided meditation.
Expo Hall
Monday, 8:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday, 8:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday, 8:00am – 12:00pm
Level 5
Visit our Expo Hall to learn about the latest and greatest from vendors — ranging from GMS providers to philanthropy- serving organizations — and bring back new tools and ideas for your foundation.