Let us bring world-class professional learning to you — online or in person.
Explore our offerings for nonprofits, foundations, and joint learning.

Let’s get creative to advance your mission and support strong, inclusive communities.

Whether you’re looking to support your staff, your board, or your community partners, with our expertise in adult learning, both in-person and virtual, we can meet you wherever you are.

Models include:

  • Engage our instructors for private and/or custom courses
  • Combine training opportunities with strategy evaluation and framework development to reset your spark
  • Support grantees’ or volunteers’ capacity with a custom code covering the costs of participation in any of our trainings

Tools for the Field

Competency-Based Professional Development

Competency models — collections of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics (KSAOs) that are relevant to performance in a particular role — help you and your organization align mission-area expertise with role-specific excellence. The Johnson Center's professional development workshops and courses are grounded in the competency models we developed for foundation program officers and nonprofit staff and board leadership.
Custom Courses for Nonprofits
Passion may have led you here — but what’s the next step? Let us help you move forward.

We offer technical assistance and organizational support tailored to your needs and driven by the latest national trends and research. We focus on organizational culture as well as building new skills and practices, with an approach that engages teams and sparks future-forward thinking. Services include:

  • Tailored versions of our core courses for nonprofits
  • Governance and board support
  • Strategy development
  • Structural collaboration and mergers
Designed to Fit You
Tailored Support
Highly customized programs based on your organization’s specific needs and goals.
Community Learning
We can bring our services to your community and grantees with cohort-based learning.
Custom Courses
Interested in bringing a specific course to your organization? We'll tailor it just for you.

Working with the Johnson Center to build capacity and resiliency in our local organizations has been a key investment in our foundation’s mission to improve the quality of life in our communities. The workshop series and hands-on, customized, technical assistance have led to measurable improvements in how our grantees fulfill their missions. Our nonprofit partners now have clearer strategic directions, more constructive staff/board relations, and greater confidence in telling their stories and raising funds.”

Carla Roberts

President/CEO, Fremont Area Community Foundation

Carla Roberts

President/CEO, Fremont Area Community Foundation

Through a formal partnership with the Johnson Center and a unique, foundation-specific code, the GHACF supports their grantees’ professional development by providing free, or discounted, access to various Johnson Center workshops and webinars.”

Hadley Streng

President of Grand Haven Area Community Foundation

Hadley Streng

President of Grand Haven Area Community Foundation
Bring The Grantmaking School to you.
Let’s create a learning experience tailored to your unique mix of mission, needs, and people.

Customized courses from The Grantmaking School give you the opportunity to engage with the Johnson Center team of experts to design a training plan that fits exactly what your organization needs to advance your work. Appropriate for veteran and novice practitioners alike, the shared learning makes for a great team-building activity.

The Right Match for You
Private Courses
Our expert instructors are available to provide private offerings of our courses for your organization or network.
Custom Courses
We'll combine existing course materials and custom topics to create a high-impact experience to fit your needs.
Unique to You
Let's design a holistic program that includes coursework, mentorship, and more.

Ready to learn more? Let’s talk.

Reach out today to see how we can design a high-impact learning program for your organization.