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

The principals of Wise Philanthropy™ continue to serve on the faculty at NYU’s Program in Funder Education. They were the conceptualizers and were instrumental in the formation of this Program, 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 current courses are targeted primarily to foundation staff and others who have similar roles in similar organizations. Individual funders and philanthropists are welcome as well. The curriculum is 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], Regional Associations of Grantmakers, the National Center for Family Philanthropy, and numerous private foundations, and many others in the field.

There are a variety of courses offered throughout the year: the flagship course is a one-week intensive offered every July and January. It provides participants with:

  • 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 funder/grantmaker.

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