Skill Building

Philanthropy 101 - Fall 2021

Philanthropy 101 - Fall 2021

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Event details

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 to Wednesday, December 1, 2021
9:00am to 12:00pm PST

About this event

Are you new to Philanthropy? Do you have new staff just entering the sector? Include this series in your onboarding! 

Philanthropy 101 is a four-part virtual series that helps all staff new to philanthropy better understand the sector. In this interactive course, you will discover the history of philanthropy, review a foundation's leadership and governance, learn an overview of grantmaking, debate the current big issues in philanthropy and explore the various roles within philanthropy. You'll also connect with a cohort of other philanthropy professionals from across the Northwest. Philanthropy 101 takes place over four interactive online sessions designed for accessibility across our six-state region!

Who Should Attend?

Anyone who has joined the philanthropic sector within the last one to two 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.


November 3 Speaking the Same Language
Session one 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.
November 10 Fundamentals of Grantmaking
Session two 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.
November 17

The Power of Advocacy and Foundation Governance
The two-part session first looks at the role of advocacy as one of philanthropy's central levers for change. Then we will transition into a conversation of foundation governance, the role of boards, and how to avoid conflict of interest and self-dealing. 

December 1 The Great Debates in Philanthropy and Your New Community
Session four will be an opportunity to hear robust discussions around the philanthropic topics of the century. This will help ground you in philanthropy infrastructure, the role you play within your new organization and within your professional and personal networks.

Each session will run from 9 am - 12 pm PT and will be packed with information, group interaction, peer sharing - and even a little break! The four modules will build on each other, and participants are expected to commit to attending all four. Group size will be limited to better support cohort learning.

Please contact JulieAnne Behar with any questions.

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Philanthropy NorthwestOregon Jewish Community FoundationGreater Tacoma Community FoundationGroup Health Foundation