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Center for High Impact Philanthropy

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  • 12 days
  • online

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Center for High Impact Philanthropy

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This program is for individual donors, grantmakers, foundation trustees, foundation executive directors/CEOs and other philanthropic leaders who are eager to create more social impact with their giving. The ideal participant has ongoing direct experience with philanthropy.

About the course

High impact philanthropy is getting the most “good” for your philanthropic “buck.” It is the process by which a philanthropist makes the biggest difference possible, given the amount of capital invested. This means focusing first on achieving social impact – i.e., a meaningful improvement in the lives of others (vs. other concerns such as maximizing the funder’s tax benefit or honoring a funder’s loved one). Participants will learn the tools and strategies needed to apply the principles of high impact philanthropy to their own efforts.

In addition to adapting the program’s format, our team has also expanded our curriculum to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, related economic crisis, and heightened calls for racial justice, particularly in the US. This year’s program incorporates timely content and skill-building critical for funders at this time:

  • Impact of COVID-19 on philanthropy and nonprofits
  • Effective crisis-response giving and grantmaking
  • How to integrate considerations of structural inequity into philanthropy

Responsive Curriculum

Our proven curriculum is rooted in CHIP’s 13+ years of helping individual donors and professional grantmakers worldwide achieve greater social impact. Our course delivery is based on best practices in online education from the University of Pennsylvania, one of the first four universities to pioneer Coursera. We are also leveraging capabilities at our home in Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice, which has long offered online programs for graduate students at the masters and the doctorate level, as well as continuing education in social impact strategy and leadership.

Although we are moving to a virtual setting, we will keep the cohort small to maintain engagement between and among participants and instructors. The program delivery and content will combine synchronous, interactive, independent, and small-group structures to provide the high-quality educational experience and facilitate the peer to peer connections that are the hallmarks of the program.

Taking into account CHIP’s latest guidance on crisis grantmaking and urgent and long-term needs generated by COVID-19, participants will learn:

THE PHILANTHROPY ECOSYSTEM

Our field is expanding with new affinity groups, advocacy groups, peer and external assessment organizations, regional and international associations, and older organizations rebranded for changing times. This session will unpack this increasingly crowded space and inscrutable acronyms. Learn how you can identify like-minded funders and the latest best practices around your own funding interests.

PHILANTHRO-ETHICS: POWER, ETHICS, AND BEST PRACTICES

Doing the right thing when you have power and money is harder than it seems. This session will help you to anticipate the ethical pitfalls that emerge in grantmaking and consider how following best practices and applying the “conscious use of self” can help you avoid them. This session will dive into case studies that explore conflict of interest, compensation, board composition, funder behavior, the implications behind the power of grantmakers, equitability and social justice.

OVERVIEW OF PHILANTHROPY AND NONPROFIT LAW

The American legal system sets significantly different rules for nonprofit organizations and private foundations. What are your grantees’ responsibilities, and what are yours? For private foundations, the penalties for violating the law can jeopardize the existence of your foundation and put board members at risk. Moreover, laws regarding NGO registration and accountability in other countries vary widely. Expenditure responsibility applies for domestic and international grantmaking but the 501(c) 3 designation can streamline the process, What does this mean for your philanthropy?

HIGH IMPACT PHILANTHROPY

Who doesn’t want to generate ‘high impact’? But what does ‘high impact’ really mean? How can you, as a grantmaker or funder, incorporate the tenets of high impact philanthropy into your own philanthropy? This session builds on the Center’s 10 years of applied research and work with individual, foundation, and corporate funders seeking to achieve greater social impact from their giving. We’ll dispel common myths about social impact, provide the Center’s working definition of high impact philanthropy, and explore how innovation and advocacy can fit into a high impact philanthropic portfolio. Then, through a series of cases and paired/small group exercises, participants will explore the core aspects of high impact philanthropy, applying these principles to their own grantmaking.

FUNDING STRATEGIES

Every funder needs a strategy for their grantmaking activities. This session will start with a discussion of the considerations that go into establishing a foundation’s culture, mission, and focus. Then cover the classic grantmaking approaches and analysis and delve into alternative models of funding, including start-ups and innovation, multi-sector grants, advocacy and more.

EVALUATION: WHAT EVERY FUNDER SHOULD KNOW ABOUT PROGRAM EVALUATION

Program evaluation is a powerful tool for gaining insight into needs, improving programs, and demonstrating impact. But, in order to reap these benefits, you need to know what you want and how to get it from evaluation. What is the difference between monitoring and evaluation? Is establishing metrics the only way to get actionable data? When is the right time to start evaluating? This session of the course will equip you with a clear framework for making good decisions about how to use evaluation to support your philanthropic goals.

ALIGNING INVESTMENT AND SPENDING POLICIES

Good governance, to say nothing of US law, requires that every foundation have a board approved investment policy. To achieve maximum impact with those dollars, that policy should reflect the desired values and goals of what the foundation hopes to achieve with its grants. This session of the course will present how investment policies to achieve perpetuity have traditionally been set. It will also demonstrate how to establish an investment policy for spend-out, and how you can use various values screens and vehicles to more closely align the full scope of foundation assets. While this session will use a private foundation model as the basis of the discussion, the same principles apply for individuals, trusts, and many donor advised fund strategies as well.

POLICY SETTING

Trustees, family members, and executive staff who are involved in philanthropy must establish policies – some mandated by the law, and others required for good governance. Because of the personal nature of much of philanthropy, there is particular value in proactively establishing policies regarding spending, compensation, conflict of interest, succession, board composition, , and more as early as possible. This course module will review those policies covered earlier in the week, add those that are legally mandated, and recommend processes for establishing them as painlessly and productively as possible.

EXIT STRATEGIES

Every grant has an end, even if it is to renew. This session of the course will help funders establish constructive guidelines for exit strategies for a variety of circumstances and will serve to complete the funding cycle process of the week.

PARTICIPANT CASES

Each course participant will be invited to present or propose a case challenge from their own work for class review and discussion. These can be presented anonymously if desired. These conversations will provide an opportunity for very personalized take-aways from the week’s curriculum.

Experts

Christopher Geczy

Chris Geczy has been on the Finance Faculty at Wharton since 1997 and is Academic Director of the Jacobs Levy Equity Management Center for Quantitative Financial Research. He is also Academic Director of the Wharton Wealth Management Initiative at Wharton Executive Education. He has a B.A. in eco...

Deborah Small

Professor Deborah Small's research interfaces psychology and economics, examining fundamental processes that underlie human decision making. Professor Small's research has been published in toptier academic journals across Psychology and Marketing. She serves as an Associate Editor for Journal o...

Katherina Rosqueta

Katherina M. Rosqueta is the founding executive director of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy, the only university-based center with a singular focus on philanthropy for social impact. She leads a multi-disciplinary team that builds practical knowledge on how philanthropy can do more good. ...

Carra Cote-Ackah

Carra Cote-Ackah is a senior fellow at the Center for High Impact Philanthropy, co-chair of the Surdna Foundation’s Investment Committee, and executive director of Community Stewardship for Vanguard. As a senior fellow, she teaches in the Center’s executive education programs and serves as an ad...

Richard Henriques

Richard ‘Dick’ Henriques is a Senior Fellow at the Center for High Impact Philanthropy and Wharton Social Impact Initiative. In that role, he leads the Center’s work to develop practical guidance on how to deploy capital, alongside grants, to achieve philanthropic goals. He was the lead author of...

Richard Marker

Richard Marker is faculty co-director for executive education programs at the Center for High Impact Philanthropy. Marker has been in the philanthropy world for many years: as CEO of a major foundation, a trustee of several others, and a speaker to foundations, wealth management firms, and philan...

Katherine Hovde

Katherine (Kate) H. Hovde is a senior advisor in education issues for the Center for High Impact Philanthropy in the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. She has particular expertise in education policy, program design, and evaluation, both in the U.S. and abr...

Mirele Goldsmith

Mirele B. Goldsmith is an independent evaluator who helps organizations to use the tools of evaluation to improve their programs. With many years of experience in the trenches as a non-profit manager, she adapts the evaluation process to fit real-world time and resource limitations. Prior to est...

Donald Kramer

Donald W. Kramer is chair of the Nonprofit Law Group at the Philadelphia law firm of Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP. Mr. Kramer has more than 40 years of experience dealing with the concerns of nonprofit organizations, not only as a lawyer, but also as a teacher, writer, publishe...

Ron Albahary

Ron Albahary is an instructor in the Center for High Impact Philanthropy’s executive educations programs and currently sits on the industry advisory board for Aligning Equity (working title), the Center’s joint initiative with Tara Health Foundation and Wharton Social Impact Initiative examining ...

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