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LearnPhilanthropy Announces Bookshelf Project

LearnPhilanthropy is creating a virtual  bookshelf, and filling it up with some of the best books, articles and monographs out there to support grantmaker learning and development.

The LearnPhilanthropy Bookshelf is intended to be a dynamic list of books, articles and reports suggested by practicing grantmakers and those committed to effective philanthropy. The LP Team  started off thinking just about books for those wanting to ground themselves in philanthropy, but many of the suggestions we received caused us to expand this idea to include seminal articles, frequently mentioned monographs and reports and a few recommended subscriptions. Find out more!


LearnPhilanthropy Demo for Regional Associations

LearnPhilanthropy…the field-wide hub for grantmaker learning. First there was an idea, sparked and incubated by the Forum and Council, and informed by scores of funder, regional association, and other infrastructure stakeholders. Now we’ve developed a pilot version that shows its potential to be a critical resource for learners and learning providers (like you!) in philanthropy. We invite you to kick the tires on this prototype and help us shape what comes next.

Join members of the LearnPhilanthropy team on Thursday, June 16th at 2:00 EST for a webinar to walk through the initial version of LearnPhilanthropy’s online system. They will discuss what they’ve been hearing and learning from the field and seek your feedback, tough love, and ideas about how LearnPhilanthropy can grow to be most useful to you and your members.  Register online for access instructions.

LearnPhilanthropy is a collaborative effort involving many different individuals and groups.  If you’d like to be part of this work, please browse the active projects, and see if one of the ongoing workstreams fits your interests.

What’s Next for LearnPhilanthropy

After a post-Symposium hiatus, LearnPhilanthropy is back. Just yesterday, the LP.net team posted their plans for the next few months over on their blog:

Since there’s no way to know exactly where the interests of the community we are building will take us, we have structured “what’s next” for LearnPhilanthropy by planning only what we hope to accomplish between now and the end of March, 2011:

  1. Expand and mobilize the LearnPhilanthropy network, to create content and build community around grantmaker learning
  2. Pilot a portal of resources for beginning grantmaker education as proof of concept for the power of building a platform for dynamic content
  3. Raise money to demonstrate that “people will pay” for some aspects of this system and its products
  4. Conduct research that documents and builds demand for learning resources
  5. Generate continuously expanding buzz

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Introducing LearnPhilanthropy.net!

The Council on Foundations and the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers jointly announced today the launch of LearnPhilanthropy.net, as a platform to spearhead wide engagement from leaders and practitioners in philanthropy around the issue of grantmaker learning and professional development.

The public portal is the latest feature in the grantmaker education initiative sparked by the Forum and Council and supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  The initiative, now involving many other national and regional groups in the field of philanthropy, seeks to engage all the stakeholders of grantmaker learning in what could amount to a recreation of the grantmaker education marketplace.  The initiative includes an invitational leadership Symposium on Grantmaker Education this summer as well as the public portal.

“We’re building on the good work in professional development done by many organizations in our field over the past few years. The idea is to keep working together to create a stronger, more rational, and less fragmented system for grantmaker learning than we have today — one that builds a new culture of professional development in the field and works better for the individual learners involved in philanthropy and the many groups and organizations that provide learning programs and resources to them.” — Michael Litz, President and CEO of the Forum

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A Framework for Delivering Education Programs in Your Regional Association: Ten Principles and Practices

The Forum’s Grantmaker Education Task Force, chaired by Lucille DiDomenico of the Conference of Southwest Foundations and Vicki Rosenberg of the Council of Michigan Foundations, is excited to share with you its culminating document, “A Framework for Delivering Education Programs in Your Regional Association: Ten Principles and Practices” (PDF).

This Framework represents a synthesis of recommendations made by more than 60 practitioners and thought leaders in the field. It describes ten principles and corresponding practices that contribute to a grantmaking organization’s effectiveness and that can be used to strengthen philanthropy education across the sector.  It is meant to serve as a touchstone for reflecting on our individual and collective educational work and as a catalyst for explorations of how we can best serve current members, attract new ones, and contribute to strengthening philanthropic practice in our role as educators and knowledge brokers.

Our goal is to establish the Framework as the standard organizing structure for grantmaker education within the Forum network and to serve as a mechanism for network-wide conversations, experimentation, and initiatives that contribute to a more effective philanthropic sector.  We realize, however, that this cannot be accomplished if the Framework is viewed as a static document.  In order to make it a useful tool that will continue to develop and adapt to changes in the field, we seek your active participation in the following:

  • Framework Wiki:  In next week’s Forum Bits we will introduce you to the Grantmaker Education Framework Wiki, an interactive tool that will allow you to provide comments on the principles and practices and add examples from your own educational programming.
  • Network Conference Call: On Thursday, May 13 at 3:00 ET there will be a conference call to review the Framework and discuss how it can be used to plan your educational programming.  RA staff can register here.
  • Forum Conference Session:  At the Forum’s Annual Conference this July in Chicago, there will be a session about the Framework that will feature examples of its implementation and ideas for future use.

The Framework was completed as part of a Forum initiative to build regional association capacity to provide grantmaker education, funded by a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.  Although we are wrapping up this project, the Framework serves as a foundation for a new grantmaker education initiative sparked by the Forum and Council on Foundations and now involving many other leaders in the field.  Later this week we will announce the launch of LearnPhilanthropy.net, a platform to spearhead wide engagement from leaders and practitioners in philanthropy around the issue of grantmaker learning and professional development.  The initiative also includes an invitational leadership Symposium on Grantmaker Education this summer.