Track 1 – The Philanthropic Sector

This first LearnPhilanthropy Academy track, “The Philanthropic Sector,” starts your learning journey with the big picture, clarifiying:

  • the impressive scope and vital importance of philanthropy in our society
  • the complex and thorny “big questions” of philanthropy
  • the sometimes confusing jargon in the field
  • exciting trends that are transforming philanthropy today

Watch the introductory video below for more information:

Track 1 Prices

Full Track
$100
Individual Courses
$30 each

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Track 1 – The Philanthropic Sector

Category Track 1 – The Philanthropic Sector

  • Course 1.1 - Introduction to Philanthropy

    • Course 1.1 - Introduction to Philanthropy - $30.00
    • TRACK 1: The Philanthropic Sector - $100.00

    Philanthropy is complex and complicated. People often define it in different ways, hold persistent misconceptions about its scope and practice, and get lost in the field’s sea of legal categories, organizational distinctions, and frankly weird jargon. The four lessons in this course will help you find your way through this confusing landscape, and help you see just how significant philanthropy has been both throughout history and in the lives of people around the globe today.  

  • Course 1.2 - The Philanthropic Ecosystem

    • Course 1.2 - Philanthropy Ecosystem - $30.00
    • TRACK 1: The Philanthropic Sector - $100.00

    Philanthropy is really good at inventing new kinds of organizations and creating new partnerships and collaborations. This means there is a tremendous diversity of institutions in the field, and they are connected to each other in myriad ways. This course explores the philanthropic ecosystem, including the many different types of grantmaking institutions and how these interact with government, business, and one another.

  • Course 1.3 - Ethics in Philanthropy

    • Course 1.3 - Ethics in Philanthropy - $30.00
    • TRACK 1: The Philanthropic Sector - $100.00

    Ethics is a constant, fundamental concern at the very heart of philanthropy, not because people in this sector are particularly unethical, but rather because philanthropy carries a special ethical and moral status in our society. Philanthropy expresses our most cherished values, works to achieve the public good, and does vital work in our communities. We hold philanthropy to a higher ethical standard. This course investigates some ethical questions at the heart of philanthropic practice, and offers frameworks for addressing these questions.  

  • Course 1.4 - Transformations and Trends in Philanthropy

    • Course 1.4 - Transformations and Trends in Philanthropy - $30.00
    • TRACK 1: The Philanthropic Sector - $100.00

    We live in a time of tremendous – and exciting – change and innovation in philanthropy. Many of the accepted norms are being challenged, and new strategies and methods for giving are being created. The lessons in this course introduce you to many of these transformations, from the rising cohort of “next gen donors,” to the use of multiple new vehicles for good such as impact investing, to essential yet still nascent efforts to advance equity as a core practice of any philanthropy that seeks to be effective.