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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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