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NYU Program in Funder Education [previously known as “The Academy”]

The principals of Wise Philanthropy™ were the conceptualizers and were instrumental in the formation of the Program in Funder Education, previously known as 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, over 2000 funders from 26 countries and from throughout the United States have taken courses.

The 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.

All of the course offerings are “short-term” so that participants who are not from the New York area can attend. The longest course is 5 days and is offered in January and July each year.

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