Begin with the Basics

Are you new to philanthropy? Explore the Philanthropy Basics’ glossary of terms, directory of professional organizations, and key distinctions about grantmaking. 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 originated at the Council on Foundations and United Philanthropy Forum, and is now led by the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University.

From the start, LearnPhilanthropy was envisioned as a hub for grantmaker learning, built by and for professionals working in the field. By strengthening grantmaker learning, our goal is to increase the effectiveness and impact of philanthropy. We believe it should be easy for grantmakers of all kinds – staff, donors, trustees, volunteers – to find what they need in this complex and changing field.

Several hundred grantmakers, learning providers, and others have shared insight and assistance to help create LearnPhilanthropy. LearnPhilanthropy truly has been, and will continue to be, built by the field and for the field.

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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!