New Grantmakers Institute

Essential Skills & Strategies for New Grantmakers, also known as the New Grantmakers Institute, helps grantmaking professionals build a framework and best practices for ethical and effective grantmaking.

In this two–day highly interactive workshop participants will have the opportunity to engage with their peers around opportunities and challenges of the work, such as identifying key factors in making funding decisions, and understanding expectations and core tensions of their role as foundation staff.

In addition to developing a network of peers, participants will have a special opportunity to hear from philanthropic leaders and become familiar with resources available to support their continued professional development.

Learning Modules

  • Being Grounded in Philanthropy
  • Navigating Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Reading Financial Statements
  • Making Sound Funding Decisions
  • Communicating Funding Recommendations and Decisions
  • Managing Personal and Professional Challenges
  • Managing the Grant Portfolio
  • Maximizing the Impact of Grants

About the Curriculum

Essential Skills & Strategies for New Grantmakers curriculum is an innovative and national curriculum created through a partnership between the Council of Foundations and the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers. In 2006 NCG was one of the first Regional Associations of Grantmakers to pilot this curriculum.

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