10 Questions or Less is a feature here on the Forum’s Forum in which we get to know regional association staff members a little better—their work, what drives them, and more. This week, Joyce White, Executive Director at Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington.
LearnPhilanthropy started out as a project tied to the strategic alliance between the Council on Foundations and the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers. The idea was to build on prior joint initiatives – primarily Essential Skills and Strategies and the Grantmaker Education Framework (PDF) – to strengthen the relationship between the two organizations. An Education Design Team was formed and from the very beginning, the shared vision was for something bigger – a system of grantmaker education where learners of all kinds – program officers, CEOs, trustees, donors – would have access to the high-quality knowledge, skills, and connections they need.
The journey that started with that early vision for a field-wide collaboration came to an inflection point in July. Over 70 philanthropic leaders with an interest in grantmaker education gathered following the Forum conference. For two days, they worked with an exceptional team of consultants to answer a threshold question: Could we begin to co-create a field-wide system for grantmaker education? Continue reading