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NYU Funder Education Courses

The principals of Wise Philanthropy™ were on the faculty at NYU from 2000-2016, teaching courses in funder education. They were the conceptualizers and were instrumental in the formation of The Academy for Grantmaking and Funder Education, which closed in 2016 when the Center of Philanthropy, its host department was discontinued. It was the nation’s oldest university based program teaching funders and grantmakers. During the time of its existence, over 2000 funders from 26 countries and from throughout the United States participated in teh short-term courses.

The curriculum was based on “core competencies of grantmaking”, sequential learning, and was developed in 2002 in collaboration with the Council on Foundations, the Association of Small Foundations [now known as Exponent Philanthropy], The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, the National Center for Family Philanthropy, and numerous private foundations, and many others in the field.

the course concepts have been emulated by numerous other organizations and affinity groups. We were proud of the role we played in this cutting edge program during its 15 years.