LearnPhilanthropy offers a glossary, library of resources, directory of professional organizations, learning briefs, trends, and Q&A. This hub makes it easy for grantmakers and donors to find what they need in this complex and changing field.

Begin with the Basics

Are you new to philanthropy? Explore the Philanthropy Basics’ glossary of terms, directory of professional organizations, key distinctions about grantmaking, and bookshelf. Find content to inform and improve your work in the library.

We offer

Tools – resources, research and publications, online courses, and more to help you learn new skills and improve grantmaking.
Knowledge – information about issues and key topics for you to use today and share with colleagues tomorrow.
Guidance – from qualified experts and tested by peers. LearnPhilanthropy has been built by the field, for the field.

Who we are

LearnPhilanthropy is staffed by the Institute for Foundation and Donor Learning at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University. Our team works with professionals, organizations, and experts to provide this marketplace for learning.

Our History

LearnPhilanthropy began 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 to ensure that grantmakers had the tools needed to learn on the job.

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Contact us

Users are invited to contact us to provide feedback. Let us know what you liked about your experience and how we can improve the site to benefit new grantmakers and donors. We’d love to hear from you!