Philanthropy 101 Series

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Wed, February 19, 2020,
10:00am to 12:00pm PST

Philanthropy 101

At this time, Philanthropy 101 is sold out. We will be offering it again this year.

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

Philanthropy 101 is a five-part virtual series that helps all staff new to philanthropy better understand the sector. 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 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, such as assistant to the president, program officer, chief financial officer, controller, human services director, trustee, program assistant, among others.


Feb 19, 2020

Speaking the Same Language - 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.

Mar 4, 2020

Foundation Governance and Legal Issues - Covers the high level legal and ethical concerns foundations face as well as the role that boards play in governance.

Mar 18, 2020

Fundamentals of Grantmaking - 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.

Apr 1, 2020

The Great Debates in Philanthropy - Seasoned philanthropists participate in robust debates around the philanthropic topics of the century.

Apr 15, 2020

So, You're Working for a Foundation...Power and Your New Community - Helps to ground you in the role you play within your new organization and within your professional and personal networks.

Each session will run from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon PST and will be packed with information, group interaction, peer sharing - and even a little break! The five modules will build on each other, and participants are expected to commit to attending all five. Group size will be limited to better support cohort learning. The total cost for the series is $200, with priority space for our members. If you are not a member of Philanthropy Northwest, please email Elyse Gordon to indicate your interest.