For Foundation Staff, Donors, and Trustees
Strengthen your grantmaking with flexible professional development options.

Philanthropy is a constantly evolving field. Let us help you navigate the sector with cutting-edge research, tools, and strategies you can use to develop or update your approach.

Our competency-based courses focus on the skills needed to advance your career, strengthen your organization, and improve the impact of your giving.

We design each course in partnership with fieldwide experts to assist you in aligning your work with the mission, vision, and values of your foundation.

Philanthropy’s Quest for Equity was incredibly informative around the challenges, failures, and more recent opportunities for challenging systems of oppression and discrimination in the U.S. through grantmaking. The facilitators were really helpful in thinking through and navigating what can — and should — be an uncomfortable conversation. I absolutely recommend the course for colleagues working in philanthropy who are keen to deepen their awareness on this topic and connect with like-minded peers to reimagine what the future of U.S. philanthropy could look like.”

Miranda Russell

Open Society Foundations

Miranda Russell

Open Society Foundations

I’ve taken two online courses from The Grantmaking School this year and have been very pleased with the quality. My schedule would make it very difficult to travel to the courses in person so this is an excellent option for me to continue strengthening my grantmaking skills.”

Jennifer Roller

President, The Raymond John Wean Foundation

Jennifer Roller

President, The Raymond John Wean Foundation

The Grantmaking School

The Grantmaking School helps you build critical knowledge and skills across every stage of the grantmaking cycle. For over 10 years, participants of our courses have been expanding their understanding of the sector — and their networks — while honing key competencies and abilities. Highly rated by foundations across the nation, Grantmaking School courses are available as public trainings, private offerings, and full customized programs.

Tools for the Field

The Program Officer Competency Model©

Foundation program officers play a critical, nuanced role at the intersection of resources, strategies, and stakeholders. The Program Officer Competency Model is intended to support the hiring, cultivation, retention, and professional success of staff, and — most importantly — to elevate the importance of these competencies over traditional credentials that often lean on formal networks and advanced degrees.

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Contact us to learn more about our public or customized trainings for grantmakers and donors.