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Philanthropy 101

October 24, 2019 @ 8:00 AMOctober 25, 2019 @ 5:00 PM EDT

Philanthropy 101

Philanthropy 101 is a two-day learning experience that helps ground new professionals in the basics of foundations, nonprofits, and grantmaking and the field of philanthropy.

As a participant in this course, you will gain a deeper understanding of what philanthropy is, what makes it distinct, and why it’s important. You will also examine how your role fits within the broader philanthropic ecosystem and how the sector interacts with other sectors.

The course introduces many concepts essential to philanthropic work, including ethics, accountability, equity, and power dynamics, along with an overview of key legal issues and the fundamentals of grantmaking.

What you’ll learn in this course:

  • Introduction to philanthropy and the field
  • Overview of the philanthropic ecosystem
  • The practice of being ethical in philanthropy
  • Implicit bias, power dynamics, and arrogance traps
  • Foundation governance and legal issues
  • Grantmaking philosophies and fundamentals
  • Elements of the grantmaking process
  • Current trends in the field

Instructors: Jason Franklin and Michael Moody

Individual Registration: $950
TGS Alumni / Group Registrations: $865 per participant

Course runs 8 AM–5 PM each day. Breakfast and lunch are included both days. Deadline to register is Thursday, October 17.

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Photo: Jason Franklin, Ph.D.
Jason Franklin, Ph.D.
is the Johnson Center’s W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair. As holder of the nation’s first endowed chair focused on community philanthropy, he engages in research, teaching, service, and thought leadership to explore and advance the field, nationally and internationally. Learn more about Jason.

Michael Moody, Ph.D.Michael Moody, Ph.D., is the Frey Foundation Chair for Family Philanthropy at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy. The Frey Foundation Chair is the world’s first-ever endowed chair for family philanthropy, and Dr. Moody became the first holder of the chair in 2010. 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. Read more about Michael.


October 24, 2019 @ 8:00 AM EDT
October 25, 2019 @ 5:00 PM EDT
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