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Philanthropy 101

September 14 @ 12:30 pmSeptember 15 @ 4:30 pm EDT

Philanthropy 101 // The Grantmaking School

A two-day course for professionals new to the field of philanthropy

Philanthropy 101 is a two-day, online learning experience designed to ground new professionals in the basics of foundations, nonprofits, grantmaking, the field of philanthropy, and how philanthropy interacts with other sectors — namely, business and government.

This course introduces concepts essential to philanthropic work, including the grantmaking cycle, with a focus on the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the sector.

Philanthropy 101 is equal parts theory and practice. As a participant, you will develop a deeper understanding of what philanthropy is, what makes it distinct, and why it’s important. You will examine how your role fits within the context of your foundation and the broader sector. You will also have the opportunity to put theory into practice through a variety of activities, including small group discussions, role-playing, and a virtual grantmaking exercise.

Join us to strengthen your sector knowledge and ability to create meaningful impact.

Individual Registration:  $750
Group Registration:  $720 per participant
TGS Alumni:  $720
(use promo code TGSALUM30)

Instructors: Maritza Guzmán & Michael Moody
Format: Virtual
Deadline to Register: August 31


Meeting Dates & Times

This course takes place over two days. Participants will meet virtually on Wednesday, September 14 from 12:30–4:30 p.m. and again on Thursday, September 15 from 12:30–4:30 p.m. (ET). This course is a live, interactive experience. It will not be recorded or made available to registrants after the end of the live session.

Day One:

  • Introduction to philanthropy
  • Understanding the philanthropic sector; foundation and nonprofit types
  • How to make an impact
  • Practices to promote equity
  • Relationships to government and business

Day Two:

  • Know your foundation; mission, vision, & strategy
  • Developing external relationships; ethics, bias, and power dynamics
  • Overview of key elements of the grantmaking cycle, including grantmaking tools and approaches; proposal solicitation, application, and review; due diligence; monitoring and reporting; and evaluation and learning

Who should attend this course?

This course is intended for foundation staff, donors, and others engaged in grantmaking. If you do not fit this profile but are interested in attending, please email tgs@gvsu.edu before registering.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

This course may be subject to cancellation if it does not reach the minimum number of registrants. In the event of a cancellation, you will be notified at least two weeks before the course start date and will be offered a full refund or the option to transfer your registration to another Johnson Center course. Refund requests for any other reason must be made at least two weeks prior to the start of the course.

Photo of Maritza Guzmán
Maritza Guzmán, M.P.A., is a philanthropy consultant with experience across large national foundations, corporate philanthropy, government agencies, and the nonprofit sector. Throughout her career, she has worked at a range of organizations, including TCC Group, NEO Philanthropy, the I Have a Dream Foundation, the F.B. Heron Foundation, the Freddie Mac Foundation, and the DeWitt Wallace Reader’s Digest Fund. Reflecting her passionate belief in opportunity for all, Maritza has focused on advancing equity and social justice through her work. As the first member of her family to attend college, Maritza began her career in philanthropy working on issues of educational access. Learn more about Maritza.

Photo: Michael Moody
Michael Moody, Ph.D., is the Frey Chair for Family Philanthropy at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy. Dr. Moody serves as an accessible guide to the rapidly evolving and complex landscape of philanthropy and social innovation, helping diverse audiences see the vital role that giving plays in society, and expanding both the practice and understanding of philanthropy. Learn more about Michael.


September 14 @ 12:30 pm EDT
September 15 @ 4:30 pm EDT
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