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Our Networks

The Forum’s Peer Communities offer our members ongoing opportunities to connect and learn with their peers with similar job responsibilities in regional and national philanthropy-serving organizations (PSOs). Peer Communities offer opportunities for members to connect through ongoing listserv discussions, regular round-robin calls and an in-person convening each year at the Forum’s Annual Conference.

Our Peer Communities are a benefit of membership for the staff and CEOs of the philanthropy-serving organizations in our network. 

Please see the descriptions and staff contacts below and use the sign-up form at the bottom of this page to join a Peer Community (note: you must be a logged in member of the Forum to use this sign-up function).

The Forum currently offers the following Peer Communities:

Communications

Forum Staff Lead: Courtney Moore, (202-888-7428), courtney@unitedphilforum.org
Co-Chairs: Stephanie Gocklin, Florida Philanthropic Network and Adiel Suarez-Murias, PACE

The Communications Peer Community is for those with a communications role at a PSO. Topics for discussion may include newsletter, social media strategy, website and other content curation, writing op-eds, etc.

  • Communications Listserv (communicationsstaff@lists.unitedphilforum.org)- You must be a member of the Forum & this Peer Community to post to this list.
  • Three round-robin calls per year
  • In-person meeting at Forum’s Annual Conference
Emerging Practitioners

Forum Staff Lead: Parys Grigsby, (202-869-4327), parys@unitedphilforum.org
Co-Chairs: Kalisha Bass, Arizona Grantmakers Forum and Storme Gray, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy

The Emerging Practitioners Peer Community is for PSO employees with less than five years of experience in the philanthropy field. 

  • Emerging Practitioners Listserv - You must be a member of the Forum & this Peer Community to post to this list.
  • Three round-robin calls per year
  • In-person meeting at Forum’s Annual Conference
Finance & Administration

Forum Staff Lead: Parys Grigsby, (202-869-4327), parys@unitedphilforum.org
The Finance and Administration Peer Community will discuss issues related to the office operations of a PSO. Topics covered will include human resources, office space, file management, accounting, benefits, and any other area of interest.

  • Finance & Administration Listserv (rafinance@lists.unitedphilforum.org)- You must be a member of the Forum & this Peer Community to post to this list.
  • Three round-robin calls per year
  • In-person meeting at Forum’s Annual Conference
Membership

Forum Staff Lead: Courtney Moore, (202-888-7428), courtney@unitedphilforum.org
Co-Chairs: Catherine Schmutz, PEAK Grantmaking and Craig Weinrich, Council of New Jersey Grantmakers

The Membership Peer Community is for those who support membership recruitment and retention efforts at their PSO, manage member benefits, onboard new member organizations and staff/trustees, and manage their organization’s membership database.

  • Membership Listserv (membership@lists.unitedphilforum.org)- You must be a member of the Forum & this Peer Community to post to this list.
  • Three round-robin calls per year
  • In-person meeting at Forum’s Annual Conference
Program

Forum Staff Lead: Maggie Osborn, (202-386-6426), maggie@unitedphilforum.org
Co-Chairs: Meghan Duffy, GEO and Laura Smith, Philanthropy Ohio

The Program Peer Community is for those who are responsible for their PSO’s member programming, educations and partnerships.

  • Program Listserv (programs@lists.unitedphilforum.org)- You must be a member of the Forum & this Peer Community to post to this list.
  • Three round-robin calls per year
  • In-person meeting at Forum’s Annual Conference
Public Policy

Forum Staff Lead: Maggie Osborn, (202-386-6426), maggie@unitedphilforum.org
Co-Chairs: Anita Banerji, Forefront and Michael Remaley, Philanthropy New York

The Public Policy Peer Community is for those who work in government relations and public policy efforts for their organizations.

  • Public Policy Listserv (publicpolicy@lists.unitedphilforum.org)- You must be a member of the Forum & this Peer Community to post to this list.
  • Six round-robin calls per year
  • In-person meeting at Forum’s Annual Conference
CEOs

Forum Staff Lead: David Biemesderfer, (202-888-7533), dave@unitedphilforum.org
The Forum provides a variety of opportunities for the chief executives of regional and national PSOs to network, share and pull from each other’s expertise and keep updated on work across the network.

  • Regional PSO Listserv (raceos@lists.unitedphilforum.org)- You must be a member of the Forum to be a part of this listserv.
  • All CEO Listserv for both Regional and National PSOs (allceos@lists.unitedphilforum.org)- You must be a member of the Forum to be a part of this listserv.
  • Six round-robin calls per year for CEOs of Regional PSOs 
  • Six round-robin calls per year for CEOs of Regional and National PSOs 
  • In-person meeting at Forum’s Annual Conference
All Member Staff & CEO Listserv

In addition to the listservs listed above for each Peer Community, the Forum operates this listserv for staff and CEOs of all Forum members, both regional and national PSOs (allstaff@lists.unitedphilforum.org), where members can request and share information about resources and happenings with the entire Forum membership. Staff and CEOs of Forum members are automatically added to this listserv. You must be a member of the Forum to be a part of this listserv.

How to Join a Peer Community

To join a Peer Community, please use the sign-up form below and select your Peer Community/ies of interest (note: you must be logged in as a member of the Forum to do this). Or contact the Lead Forum Staff for the Peer Communities of interest to you.