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NYU Funder Education Courses

The principals of Wise Philanthropy™ have been on the p/t faculty at NYU since 2000. They were the conceptualizers and were instrumental in the formation of The Academy for Grantmaking and Funder Education, [2002-2025] 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 the short-term courses. NYU continues to offer courses for funders on a periodic basis, primarily for foundation staff in their first few years in the field.

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.