Philanthropy 101: So You're Working for a Foundation... Power and Your New Community

Friday, October 23, 2020 -
10:00am to 12:00pm EDT
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:

So You're Working for a Foundation... Power and Your New Community

So you are working for a foundation. While the other parts of this series provide an overview of the history of philanthropy, a foundation's leadership and governance, a high-level overview of grantmaking at foundations, and the philanthropic topics of the century, this module helps you to explore the various roles within philanthropy.

People are drawn to the field of philanthropy to make a difference. While philanthropic organizations may have a broader commitment to strategy, many individuals may lack an explicit strategy for effectiveness, without an awareness of ambiguous situations, unusual dynamics and the challenges they may encounter that require a sense of personal strategy. Come hear from seasoned foundation professionals who will share how they have developed their own strategies to navigate their personal and professional journeys.

Intended Outcomes

Upon completing this module, participants will be able to:

  • Understand and interrogate the ‘power dynamics’ at play in philanthropy and how you can be part of transforming power in philanthropy

  • Understand your new role in your foundation, what values you bring to it, and how to best show up for colleagues and community partners

  • Identify the resources and networks within philanthropy that can help you navigate and organize the philanthropic community to share power 


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.