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NYU Academy for Grantmaking & Funder Education

The principals of Wise Philanthropy™ were the conceptualizers and were instrumental in the formation of The Academy for Grantmaking and Funder Education, a division of the NYU George Heyman Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising. It is the nation’s oldest university based program teaching funders and grantmakers. Since its inception, funders from 26 countries and from throughout the United States have taken courses.

The Academy program is targeted to both individual philanthropists and foundation professionals. The curriculum is based on “core competencies of grantmaking”, sequential learning, and was developed in collaboration with the Council on Foundations, the Association of Small Foundations [now known as Exponent Philanthropy], Regional Associations of Grantmakers, the National Center for Family Philanthropy, and numerous private foundations, and many others in the field.

Upon completion of the program, students have:

  • Knowledge of the history of philanthropy in America and elsewhere in the world.
  • Familiarity with the law, financial structures, and nature of foundations, nonprofits and NGOs.
  • Familiarity with best practices, values, and ethics of grantmaking and philanthropy.
  • Knowledge skills and strategies in grantmaking, as well as current trends.
  • Familiarity with how to evaluate grants and the role of the grantmaker.


  • Certificate in Grantmaking — A structured program of 80-100 class hours in 7 required and elective courses built on the “core competencies” necessary for informed philanthropic giving by individuals and grantmaking organizations. Not all required or elective courses are offered each semester.
  • Mini Intensive for newer grantmakers — A week-long seminar offered in January and July each year.
  • Advanced Intensive — A week-long seminar for experienced funders offered in July each year.

To register please visit us online at scps.nyu/phil or call (212) 998-7150.