Philanthropy 101: Foundation Governance and Legal Issues

Friday, November 13, 2020 -
10:00am to 12:00pm EST
Virtual Meeting - Register for this Series by 9/17
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This program is a part of our five-module Philanthropy 101 from our PNY Core Curriculum.

Once you register for Philanthropy 101: Speaking the Same Language, you will automatically be registered for the remaining modules:

Foundation Governance and Legal Issues

What makes up the leadership and governance of a foundation? What are the legal dos and don'ts? What role do trustees play? Join us as we take a dive into what is a 501(c)3, identifying who philanthropy is accountable to, foundation board responsibilities, and reviewing key legal and ethical issues in grantmaking through scenarios and guiding principles.

Intended Outcomes

Upon completing this module, participants will be able to:

  • Define 501c3
  • Identify who philanthropy is accountable to
  • Recognize the board’s responsibilities in different types of foundations
  • Recall the key legal and ethical issues in grantmaking through scenarios and guiding principles
  • Recall the New York Revitalization Act


Designed for

Anyone who has joined the philanthropic sector within the last 12-18 months; open to the entire range of disciplines with the field, e.g., Assistant to the President, Program Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Controller, Human Services Director, Trustee, among others. This is a cohort-based program. The five modules will build on each other, and participants are expected to commit to attending all five. What to expect: presentation blended with breakout discussions.


10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Program

Registration is required by September 17th. Registrants will receive the webinar link a day prior to the program. 

Members: To register yourself and/or a colleague at your organization, please log in and go to the Philanthropy 101: Speaking the Same Language page. (no fee)

** Please note that we are offering the Philanthropy 101 Series virtually in 2020. Foundations outside the New York metropolitan area can take advantage of the 2020 virtual series for a fee. For more information, please email**

Please email with any questions.

Please note: To ensure fairness among our members, we reserve the right to limit the number of attendees per organization for select professional development programs.