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September 15 @ 12:30 pm–September 16 @ 4:30 pm EDT
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 your ability to create meaningful impact.
Instructors: Michael Layton and Edward Smith
Deadline to Register: September 1
Individual Registration: $750
Group Registration: $720 per participant
TGS Alumni: $720 (use promo code TGSALUM30)
Meeting Dates & Times
This course takes place over two days. Participants will meet virtually on Wednesday, September 15 from 12:30–4:30 p.m. and again on Thursday, September 16 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.
- 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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 offering. Refund requests for any other reason must be made at least two weeks prior to the start of the course.