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Philanthropy 101

May 30 @ 8:00 AMMay 31 @ 5:00 PM

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: Michael Moody and Caroline Altman Smith

Individual Registration: $1,295
TGS Alumni / Group Registrations: $1,165 per participant

Course runs 8 AM–5 PM each day. Breakfast and lunch are included both days. Deadline to register is Thursday, May 23.

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Questions about this event? Please contact Michael Pratt at 616-331-9033 or email prattm@gvsu.edu.

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.

Photo: Caroline Altman SmithCaroline Altman Smith is the Deputy Director of Education at The Kresge Foundation. She supports the team’s domestic grantmaking, which funds higher education institutions and national nonprofit organizations that work to help more under-served students enter and succeed in post-secondary education. Before joining Kresge in 2008, Caroline served for five years as a program officer at the Lumina Foundation in Indianapolis where she worked to create opportunities for low-income, minority and first-generation students to enter college and complete their undergraduate degrees. A graduate of the University of Virginia, Caroline holds a master’s degree in philanthropic studies and a certificate in nonprofit management from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. She is an instructor for The Grantmaking School at Grand Valley State University, previously chaired the Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy National Board of Advisors, and currently serves on the boards of the Council of Michigan Foundations and Grantmakers for Education.



May 30 @ 8:00 AM
May 31 @ 5:00 PM
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Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, Grand Valley State University


Grand Valley State University’s Detroit Center
163 Madison Street
Detroit, MI 48226 United States
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