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Grantmaker Risk Management

December 13 @ 1:00 pm3:00 pm EST

Grantmaker Risk Management

Philanthropy is risky business.

Philanthropists have long maintained that they are willing and able to take risks that neither the private sector nor government can. But how many risks do philanthropists really take? And how do they manage those risks?

This workshop explores those questions and introduces a trust-based risk tolerance/management framework that both honors the grantee partnership and leads to increased impact.

This session will:

  • Increase your awareness of and ability to recognize the inherently risky nature of philanthropy.
  • Explore the different types of risk along with their impact on programming and funding decisions.
  • Demonstrate how a  growth mindset, collaborative problem solving, and innovative strategies can be used within the context of the foundation to identify and mitigate risk.

Instructor: Ed Smith, The Kresge Foundation

Who should attend:
This course is intended for foundation program officers and other grantmaking staff who review proposals and make funding recommendations. If you do not fit this profile but are interested in attending, please email tgs@gvsu.edu before registering.

Price: $99
Format: Virtual
Register by: December 12

Please Note: Due to the interactive nature of this session, it will not be recorded for later viewing.

Questions about this event or about your registration?
Call 616-331-7585 or email tgs@gvsu.edu.

Photo: Edward Smith
Edward Smith, Ph.D., is a senior program officer with The Kresge Foundation’s Education Program. He helps advance the team’s goals and functions by inviting and reviewing funding requests and making recommendations for investments in ongoing or emerging innovations. He also manages a portfolio of grants focused on promoting college opportunity and degree completion for marginalized student groups. Learn more about Ed.


December 13
1:00 pm–3:00 pm EST
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