Sector Event: Philanthropy 101: Five-Part Series

Friday, October 20, 2023 - 10:00am to Friday, December 15, 2023 - 1:30pm EDT
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Presented by Philanthropy Massachusetts

Philanthropy 101 is a five-module cohort series that helps staff new to philanthropy and the funder community gain a better understanding of the sector. The primary goals of this virtual, interactive course are to provide participants with:

  • a baseline of knowledge pertinent to the field of philanthropy and their practice within it
  • access to leaders within the field of philanthropy
  • resources that can support their effectiveness in their role

Throughout this course participants will gain a historical overview of philanthropy, learn the issues surrounding a foundation's leadership and governance structures, gain insight into grantmaking approaches and philosophies, and hear current issues within philanthropy, all while understanding their role, as a funder. Equity and inclusion are woven throughout the course.

Philanthropy 101 takes place over five Friday mornings that run from late-October through mid-December. This cohort series is relevant to staff in any position at a grantmaking organization. Each module builds on the previous one and themes are connected throughout the series. Participants are expected to attend the entire series. Participants are also expected to engage in post-session discussion groups with an assigned Learning Pod to explore seminar topics more deeply. Learning Pod meetings will take place after each session and will be 1-hour long.

*Presenters for each module will be announced as they are confirmed.

Designed for:

Anyone who has joined the philanthropic sector (including private, public, community, corporate and United Ways) within the last two-three years or is interested in a refresher; open to the entire range of roles within the field, e.g., Program Staff, Chief Financial Officer, Controller, Human Resources Director, Trustee, among others.


Members of Philanthropy Massachusetts, Grantmakers Council of Rhode Island (GCRI) or Maine Philanthropy Center (MPC): $350
Non-members: $500

Twenty percent discount applies if more than one individual sign up from an organization. There is a limit of three registrants per organization. Space permitting, we will welcome additional participants.

The series provides opportunities for:

  • Skill-building and learning from leaders and experts in the field
  • Meaningful connections through peer group discussions and Learning Pods (pre-determined small peer working groups to continue the conversation after each session. Presentations will go from 10am - 12pm, followed by a short break, and then working groups will meet from 12:30pm - 1:30pm)
  • Enhanced knowledge of the field
  • Unlimited access to session materials and recordings
  • ...and more!

For more information and to register, visit the event page.