Certificate in Grantmaking and Foundations

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The Certificate in Grantmaking and Foundations is designed for entry- to mid-level grantmakers, both professional and volunteer. The curriculum provides a structured program built upon the core competencies necessary for philanthropic giving by individuals and grantmaking organizations. This program, the only one of its kind in the United States, addresses a long, unmet need—to train grantmakers to give wisely and with more sophistication.

Upon completion of the program, students have:

  • Knowledge of the history of philanthropy in the United States and elsewhere in the world
  • Familiarity with the law, the financial structures, and the nature of nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs)
  • Familiarity with the best practices, values, and ethics of grantmaking and philanthropy
  • Knowledge, skills, and strategies in grantmaking, as well as current trends
  • Familiarity with the evaluation of grants and the role of the grantmaker
  • There are two options for completing this certificate: Option 1 requires completion of the five required courses and two electives. Option 2 requires completion of two intensive courses (each is equivalent to three regular courses) and one elective.

This certificate is awarded to students who successfully complete the equivalent of seven courses through either option. A grade average of B or higher is required for certificate eligibility. Advisement is available to help students make the optimal choice of courses for their career goals.

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