Philanthropy 101: Speaking the Same Language

Friday, March 9, 2018 -
9:30am to 12:00pm
Graustein Memorial Fund, Hamden
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Philanthropy 101 is a members-only, five-part series that helps all working in philanthropy better understand the sector.

Session 1: March 9, 2018 - Speaking the Same Language >>

Session 2: April 13, 2018 - Foundation Governance and Legal Issues >>

Session 3: May 11, 2018 - Fundamentals of Grantmaking >>

Session 4: June 8, 2018 - The Great Debates in Philanthropy >>

Session 5: July 13, 2018 - So You’re Working for a Foundation: Power and Your New Community >>

This interactive series a historical overview of philanthropy, reviews foundation governance and legal issues, explains the grantmaking process, debates current big issues in philanthropy, and explores roles and power dynamics.  Philanthropy 101 takes place over five monthly modules that build on each other. Participants are encouraged to attend all five modules as this series is also designed to support staff in building their professional network. Space preference will be given to those who commit to the full series.

The series is for staff who are newer to the field or anyone who is interested in a refresher. It is open to all disciplines in the field including those who work in grantmaking and those who support the work in their administrative, financial, human resources, and trustee roles.

Philanthropy 101 was developed by Philanthropy New York in partnership with the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy's Grantmaking School team.    

SESSION 1: Speaking the Same Language

What is “philanthropy” and what motivates philanthropists to give? Discover the history of philanthropy and the role it plays in conjunction with the nonprofit, private, and public sectors. We will also dive into the numerous types of grantmaking organizations and how they approach philanthropy.


Lauren Patterson
President & CEO
New Canaan Community Foundation




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Philanthropy 101 is a five-part series that builds on each module and supports staff in developing their professional network. Participants are encouraged to attend all five sessions, and space preference will be given to those who commit to the full series. We will accommodate additional participants as space allows.


Contact Dee Goodrich, Director of Member Engagement, 860-525-5585.

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