From the start, LearnPhilanthropy was envisioned as a hub for grantmaker learning, built by and for professionals working in the field. Our goal is to increase the effectiveness and impact of philanthropy by strengthening grantmaker learning.


We offer:

Tools – resources, research and publications, online courses, and more shared by content partners 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.

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.

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. 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.

Contact us

Let us know what you liked about your experience and how we can improve the site to benefit new grantmakers and donors. Are you interested in becoming a Content Partner and sharing your organization’s resources? We’d love to hear from you!