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Philanthropy 101: Five Part Series

February 1st, 2019
9:00AM to 11:30AM
Grantmaker, Philanthropic Advisor
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Best practices
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This year's cohort is underway. Philanthropy 101 will be offered again next fall. 
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 Philanthropy Massachusetts in Boston beginning in Fall 2018, 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, and 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 are expected to commit to attending all five sessions.
To extend the impact of those who benefit, this series is in partnership with Grantmakers Council of Rhode Island (GCRI) and the Maine Philanthropy Center (MPC) and presented in Massachusetts.
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.
Pricing for Five-Part Series:
Members of Philanthropy MA, GCRI or MPC: $200
Non-members: $300
Discount Information: 

A 20% discount applies to each registration if more than one individual signs up from an organization. Please email info@philanthropyma.org if more than one individual from your organization plans to attend and we will send you a discounted invoice. In that email please include the names and email addresses of all attendees, your organization, and your preferred method of payment (PayPal or Check) and we will take care of registration.

Members of GCRI and MPC are eligible for our Philanthropy MA member rate of $200, in addition to the 20% discount for more than one individual from an organization. Our system is not ideally set up to discount members outside of Philanthropy MA's network, so please also email info@philanthropyma.org with the names and email addresses of all attendees, your organization, which network you are in (GCRI or MPC), and your preferred method of payment (PayPal or Check) and we will take care of registration.

Please email info@philanthropyma.org with any questions. 

2018-2019 Modules 

Module 1: Speaking the Same Language
Friday, October 5, 2018, 9:00am-11:30am
Location: United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley (51 Sleeper Street Boston, MA 02210)
  • Mary Phillips, President, GMA Foundations
  • Jeff Poulos, CEO, Philanthropy MA
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, 9:00am-11:30am
Location: Blue Cross Blue Shield (101 Huntington Ave, 12th Floor Conference Center, Boston, MA 02199.)
Takes a dive into what a 501(c)3 is, identifies who philanthropy is accountable to, discusses foundation board responsibilities, and reviews key legal and ethical issues in grantmaking through scenarios and guiding principles.

Module 3: Fundamentals of Grantmaking

Friday, December 7, 2018, 9:00am-11:30am

Location: Blue Cross Blue Shield (101 Huntington Ave, 12th Floor Conference Center, Boston, MA 02199.)

  • Jean Whitney, Philanthropic Advisor
  • 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, 9:00am-11:30am
Location: Federal Reserve Bank of Boston (600 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02210)
  • 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 Programs and Operations, 1434 Foundation
This session 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 to take a side!

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

Friday, February 1, 2019, 9:00am-11:30am
Location: United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley (51 Sleeper Street Boston, MA 02210)
Helps to ground you in the role you play within your new organization and within your professional and personal networks. 
Registration type: 
Normal registration

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