Essential Skills and Strategies for New Grantmakers

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 7:00am to Friday, January 10, 2014 - 6:00pm EST
Philanthropy New York, 79 Fifth Ave., 4th floor, NYC
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Essential Skills and Strategies for New Grantmakers (ESS) provides an introduction to grantmaking and philanthropy for program officers with less than two years of experience in the philanthropic sector.

The three day course will help newcomers build a framework for understanding and implementing ethical and effective grantmaking.

Through highly interactive sessions, you will engage with your peers around opportunities and challenges of the work, such as identifying key factors in making funding decisions, and expectations and core tensions of your role as foundation staff.


•  Being Grounded in Philanthropy

•  Legal and Ethical Issues

•  Making Sound Funding Decisions

•  Communicating Funding Recommendations and Decisions

•  Managing the Grant Portfolio

•  Maximizing Grant Impact

•  Managing Personal and Professional Changes

A Philanthropy New York Member Service.

This program is "Partially Open."


•  Chris Cardona, Director of Philanthropy, TCC Group

•  Pamela Foster, Managing Director, Grants Management and Associate General Counsel, The Rockefeller Foundation

•  Molly Schultz Hafid, Senior Program Officer, Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program

•  Jasmine Thomas, Program Officer, Citi Foundation

•  Toya Williford, Program Director, Brooklyn Community Foundation

Program Schedule

Please note: Participation in all events is mandatory.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Thursday, January 9 - Friday, January 10, 2014 
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
(*Closing reception until 6:00 PM on January 10th)



ESS is open to program officers with less than two years of philanthropic experience who have the following responsibilities:

•  Programmatic due diligence of potential grants (i.e., proposal review, site visits)

•  Communicate funding recommendations and decisions to foundation stakeholders

•  Assessment of grant performance and evaluation of grantmaking portfolio

As this program requires significant time out of the office, participants must have their supervisors submit a statement of support for their participation.

Corporate funders: The curriculum focuses almost exclusively on grantmaking. We advise applying only if grantmaking is the core component of your position. 

Application Process

We will begin accepting registration requests on November 8, 2013.

1.            Review the eligibility requirements above.  You must meet these criteria to be eligible to apply.

2.            Please submit your application by clicking here:

3.            Have your supervisor email a brief statement of support to: indicating that they support your participation in this program and understand that, if selected, you will be out of the office January 7th 9th, and 10th, 2014.

Registration requests and statements of support must be received by Monday, December 2, 2013. We will follow-up with all applicants by Monday, December 9th.

Space is limited to 17 individuals.  We will limit participation to one person per organization if registration requests exceed the number of available spots.