Our History

LearnPhilanthropy began as a first-of-its-kind initiative in 2010, through the efforts of a group of committed professionals led by the Council on Foundations and the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers. Several hundred grantmakers, learning providers, and others who care about improving learning in philanthropy provided insight and development assistance to ensure the site had everything grantmakers need to enhance their learning. Built on the Real Simple Taxonomy, from its inception, LearnPhilanthropy has been built by the field, for the field.

Today, LearnPhilanthropy is powered by the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy. Our team works in close collaboration with multiple stakeholders, professionals, organizations, and experts to develop this marketplace for learning. Our LearnPhilanthropy Advisory Board and Content Partners help guide the development of LearnPhilanthropy as the go-to resource for grantmaker learning. Along the way, we will ask users like you to do the same.



Using the Site

Begin with the Philanthropy Basics

New to the field?  Not sure where to begin?  Start with our Philanthropy Basics.  The basics gives you a glossary of philanthropic terms, provides key distinctions in the field, and a directory of many of the philanthropic organizations who support learning in the field.


SEARCH for Resources

Search with any keyword using in the upper right hand search box.  Resources will populate based on the relevancy of key words.


SEARCH by Content Partner

Already know which of our content partners have the resources you need to find?  Click on About, Content Partners and the content partner logo to see all of the resources from that content partner.


Use the LP Taxonomy

Not sure what to search for? LearnPhilanthropy resources are organized around a specialized taxonomy. Click on Searchable Resources then Library to find key topics to focus in on your learning.


Navigate by LP Tags and Categories

Found a resource you love?  Take a look at the tags and categories in light blue at the bottom of the resource and use these to navigate to like resources.