New to the field of philanthropy or growing into a new role? Our learning briefs cover common issues for newcomers of all stripes — in a format you can read over lunch and with relevant ideas and insight you can put to use today.

 

Amy B. Dean, senior consultant with Management Assistance Group is a leadership development and organizational transformation consultant who specializes in multi-sector organization development through team building, group facilitation, strategic/scenario planning and professional coaching. This Learning Brief was developed to provide guidance on how foundations, whether small or large, can start using a systems approach in their philanthropy.

Pat Nanzer of the Johnson Center for Philanthropy takes a look at two organizations, the Consumer Health Foundation and the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, published in The Foundation Review. The brief details how these two grantmaking organizations integrated racial equity into their governance and operations.

Joyce White, executive director of Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington, has had the opportunity to shepard many new grantmakers into our field. The field of grantmaking has its own language and unique culture and she realized throughout that time that many newcomers needed an orientation that captured an overview of the field and how to work with in it. Things I Always Tell a New Grantmaker captures White's favorite tips for new grantmakers. Whether you have had a 20 year career in another sector or are entering philanthropy right out of college these tips will help you get introduced to your…

  It’s well established that there’s no established pathway into grantmaking, in the way that doctors have medical school or teachers a credentialing system. And once you get into a grantmaking job, while your own employer may have a set of expectations for what you know and are able to do (and may even have an efficient way of conveying them to you), the “field” doesn’t seem to. This brief, from Jessica Bearman of Bearman Consulting, explores the informal learning paths grantmakers take in the field and five ways leaders of foundations can provide an orientation to the field in place of…