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Philanthropy 101

September 29 @ 12:30 PMSeptember 30 @ 4:30 PM EDT

Philanthropy 101
We’re online! This workshop will be presented online through Zoom. All registrants will receive the access link and password via email the day before the event.

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.

This course 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 Moody and Jason Franklin
Deadline to Register: Wednesday, Sept. 9

Meeting Dates & Times

This course takes place over two days. Participants will meet virtually on Tuesday, Sept. 29 from 12:30–4:30 p.m. and again on Wednesday, Sept. 30 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.

Part 1 (Sept. 29) will cover:
  • 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

Part 2 (Sept. 30) will cover:
  • 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


Individual Registration: $595
Group Registration: $565 per participant
TGS Alumni: $565 (use promo code TGSALUM30)

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 tara.baker@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 offering. Refund requests for any other reason must be made at least two weeks prior to the start of the course.

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 family philanthropy. He straddles the worlds of scholarship and practice, shining a light on the connections between giving and lived experience with both expertise and enthusiasm. Learn more about Dr. Moody.
Photo: Jason Franklin
Jason Franklin, Ph.D. is founder and principal of Ktisis Capital through which he serves as a strategic advisor to a mix of progressive individual donors, families, foundations and philanthropic collaboratives. Previous to this role, Dr. Franklin served as the W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy. As holder of the nation’s first endowed chair focused on community philanthropy, he engaged in research, teaching, service, and thought leadership to explore and advance the field, nationally and internationally. Learn more about Dr. Franklin.


September 29 @ 12:30 PM EDT
September 30 @ 4:30 PM EDT
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