"Philanthropy 101"

Friday, October 5, 2018 (All day)
Boston Area
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Discounted Pricing Available for MPC Members, with Additional Savings for Multiple Registrations From the Same Organization



We are pleased to announce that we will partner with our colleagues at Associated Grant Makers and Grantmakers Council of Rhode Island to offer "Philanthropy 101" this autumn.


$200 for MPC Members
$300 for non-MPC Members
20% discount for multiple registrations from the same organization

About the Course

Philanthropy 101 is a five-part series that helps all staff new to philanthropy better understand the sector. Developed by the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy's Grantmaking School team and Philanthropy New York and presented by Associated Grant Makers in Boston, 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 will take place the first Friday morning of each month starting in October 2018 and wrapping up in February 2019. It is relevant to staff in any position at a grantmaking organization. The series is a cohort-based program with the five modules building on each other, and participants will be expected to commit to attending all five sessions.

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.

Curriculum Topics and Speakers

Module 1: Speaking the Same Language

Friday, October 5, 2018, 8:30am-11:00am
Presenters: Mary Phillips, President, GMA; & Daniel Kertzner, Senior Philanthropic Advisor, Rhode Island 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.

Module 2: Foundation Governance and Legal Issues

Friday, November 2, 2018, 8:30am-11:00am
Presenters: Miki Akimoto, Senior Vice President, US Trust/Bank of America Private Wealth Management; & Gioia Perugini, Associate Director, Family Office and Philanthropy Services, Hemenway & Barnes.

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.

Module 3: Fundamentals of Grantmaking

Friday, December 7, 2018, 8:30am-11:00am
Presenters:  Jean Whitney, Philanthropic Advisor; and Tyra Sidberry, Foundation Trustee and Nonprofit Consultant

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.

Module 4: Great Debates in Philanthropy

Friday January 4, 2019, 8:30am-11:00am
Presenters: Jennifer Aronson, Associate Vice President for Programs, The Boston Foundation; Roger Nozaki, Vice President, Barr Foundation; Mark Paley, Director of Administration & Finance, Hyams Foundation; & Lisa Spalding, Director of Operations and Programs, 1434 Foundation.

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!

Module 5: So You're Working for a Foundation... Power and Your New Community

Friday, February 1, 2019, 8:30am-11:00am
Presenters: Jeff Poulos, CEO, AGM & Alex McCray, Senior Director of Programs, AGM

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


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