Lesson 1 – Trends in Philanthropy

This lesson introduces some emerging trends in order to better understand, adapt to, and advance the best of what is next for the field of philanthropy.

Instructor: Dr. Jason Franklin, W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy.

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Lesson 4 – Choose Your Vehicle

This lesson describes the invention and growth of nontraditional giving and investment vehicles that are increasingly used by donors and grantmaking institutions. The lesson examines a few new vehicles in depth, and considers their implications for the future of philanthropy.

Instructor: Patrick Briaud, Senior Advisor & Head of Impact Investing at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

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Lesson 3 – Philanthropy’s “Next Gen”

This lesson focuses on the next generation of donors, those who will eventually be the most significant donors ever. This impact-focused generation wants to revolutionize some aspects of philanthropy to improve it for the future.

Instructor: Sharna Goldseker, Executive Director of 21/64.

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Lesson 2 – Advancing Equity for Effective Philanthropy

This lesson focuses on how prioritizing equity can transform philanthropy.

Instructor: Lori Villarosa, Founder and Executive Director of the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (PRE).

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Lesson 3 – Ethics in Grantmaking Practice

This lesson focuses on living into ethical ideals in the actual practice of grantmaking, and specifically on tools and resources to address the types of ethical dilemmas that arise in philanthropy.

Instructor: Dr. Joel J. Orosz, Distinguished Professor of Philanthropic Studies Emeritus at Grand Valley State University.

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Lesson 2 – Accountability: For What? To Whom?

Philanthropic accountability is often confusing and always complex. This lesson unpacks the intricate web of responsibilities placed on nonprofits – and on grantmakers specifically. It examines what foundations are accountable for doing and achieving, and to which people and entities foundations must answer.

Instructor: Dr. Joel J. Orosz, Distinguished Professor of Philanthropic Studies Emeritus at Grand Valley State University.

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Lesson 1 – Ethical Dilemmas in Philanthropy

This lesson explains the special expectations for ethical conduct and practice for those working in philanthropy. It also describes the types of ethical dilemmas that often arise in philanthropic practice.

Instructor: Dr. Michael Moody, Frey Foundation Chair for Family Philanthropy at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy.

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Lesson 3 – Philanthropy Infrastructure

This lesson provides an overview of the diverse, and essential, network of philanthropy-serving organizations – a network that helps support and strengthen the field in numerous ways.

Instructor: Dr. Teri Behrens, Executive Director of the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy.

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Lesson 2 – Social Roles & Relationships With Other Sectors

This lesson looks at the broader social and civic roles played by grantmaking institutions, as well as how philanthropy works closely and creatively with government and business to achieve important social impacts.

Instructor: Kyle Caldwell, President & CEO of the Council of Michigan Foundations.

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Lesson 1 – Types of Grantmaking Institutions

There are many different vehicles for giving, some more common than others. This lesson explores the various institutions that provide a formal process of grantmaking.

Instructor: Maggie Osborn, Senior Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer at United Philanthropy Forum.

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Lesson 4 – The Impact of Philanthropy

This lesson provides an overview of the history and growth of two well-known forms of organized philanthropy – foundations and donor-advised funds – and highlights the often significant impact and key contributions of this giving and grantmaking.

Instructor: Dara Major, Independent Strategy & Management Philanthropy Consultant.

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Lesson 3 – The Philanthropic Sector: Key Distinctions

This lesson provides an overview of key organizational types, legal rules, and other regulations and distinctions in the philanthropic sector.

Instructor: Dr. Michael Moody, Frey Foundation Chair for Family Philanthropy at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy.

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Lesson 2 – The Philanthropic Sector: Correcting Some Myths

There are many myths, misconceptions, and partial truths about the philanthropic sector. This lesson addresses some of the most prominent of these myths and provides the actual facts and figures about the impressive size, scope, and social role of philanthropy.

Instructor: Dr. Elizabeth Boris, Institute Fellow at Urban Institute.

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Lesson 1 – What is Philanthropy?

This lesson presents a definition of and persuasive case for the term “philanthropy.” It overviews the importance of philanthropy in society and how it is distinctive from the other two major sectors, business and government.

Instructor: Dr. Michael Moody, Frey Foundation Chair for Family Philanthropy at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy.

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