PNY Core: Philanthropy 101

Informing the Context for Philanthropic Work

Philanthropy 101 is a five-part series that helps all staff new to philanthropy better understand the sector. It is for PNY members only. The curriculum was developed in partnership with the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy's Grantmaking School team. It is a part of our PNY Core offerings.

This interactive course will provide a historical overview of philanthropy, review a foundation's leadership and governance, provide an overview of grantmaking, debate the current big issues in philanthropy, and explore the various roles within philanthropy.

Philanthropy 101 takes place over five Friday morning sessions across Fall and Winter and is relevant to staff in any position at a grantmaking organization. The series was piloted in 2016-2017 and is a cohort-based program similar to our long-standing and successful Essential Skills and Strategies for New Grantmakers (ESS). The five modules will build on each other, and participants are expected to commit to attending all five

Designed for:

Anyone who has joined the philanthropic sector within the last 1 to 2 years or is interested in a refresher; open to the entire range of disciplines within the field, e.g., Assistant to the President, Program Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Controller, Human Services Director, Trustee, Program Assistant, among others.

2018-2019 Series (Save-the-Dates)

Friday, September 28 - Speaking the Same Language
Presenter: Jason McGill, Arcus Foundation

Provides a broad overview of the philanthropic sector, from what motivates philanthropies to give to identifying the types of grantmakers, to discussing the role of the nonprofit sector as a service provider, and its relationship with both the private and public sectors.

Friday, October 19 - So You're Working for a Foundation... Power and Your New Community
Presenters: Kaberi Banerjee Murthy, Brooklyn Community Foundation; Phil Li, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation

Helps to ground you in the role you play within your new organization and within your professional and personal networks.

Friday, November 2 - Fundamentals of Grantmaking
Presenter: Tynesha McHarris, NoVo Foundation; Jenny Negron, The Pinkerton Foundation

Offers a look into the core cycle of how foundations make grants, as well as provides an overview of how foundations give, ways to manage relationships with grantees, and discuss where implicit bias plays a role in grantmaking.

Friday, November 9 - Foundation Governance and Legal Issues
Presenters: Kenneth Austin, The Wallace Foundation; Nick Hodges, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

Takes 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.

Friday, December (TBD) - The Great Debates in Philanthropy
Presenters: TBD

Pits seasoned philanthropists, one-on-one, in robust debates around the philanthropic topics of the century.  From impact investing vs. divest/activism, to perpetuity vs. spend-down, be ready take a side!

**To learn more or to reserve your seat, click on each session and register.**

 

2017-2018 Series

September 8 - Speaking the Same Language 
Presenter: Jason McGill, Arcus Foundation

November 3 - Foundation Governance and Legal Issues
Presenters: Nishka Chandrasoma, Ford Foundation; Ruth Brenner, Robertson Foundation

December 8 - The Great Debates in Philanthropy
Presenters: Doug Bauer, The Clark Foundation; Melissa Beck, The Educational Foundation of America; Ronna Brown, Philanthropy New York

January 19 - Fundamentals of Grantmaking
Presenter: Jennifer Negron, The Pinkerton Foundation

March 9 - So You're Working for a Foundation... Power and Your New Community
Presenters: Kaberi Banerjee Murthy, Brooklyn Community Foundation; Phil Li, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation

 

2016 - 2017 Pilot

September 23 - Module 1: Speaking the Same Language
Presenter: Jason McGill, Arcus Foundation

October 28 - Module 2: Foundation Governance and Legal Issues
Presenters: A. Nicole Campbell, Open Society Foundations; Aryeh Neier, Open Society Foundations

November 18 - Module 3: Fundamentals of Grantmaking
Presenters: Camille Emeagwali, New York Women's Foundation

December 9 - Module 4: Great Debates in Philanthropy
Presenters: Doug Bauer, The Clark Foundation; Melissa Beck, The Educational Foundation of America; Ronna Brown, Philanthropy New York

February 10 (Snow Day: February 17) - Module 5: So You're Working for a Foundation... Power and Your New Community
Presenters: Chris Cardona, Ford Foundation; Kaberi Banerjee Murthy, Brooklyn Community Foundation

 

For any questions, comments, and/or recommendations, please contact Jordan Joseph, Manager of Learning Services.