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Grantmaking Fundamentals

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Are you new to grantmaking or looking to expand your knowledge and practices? Join us for a new training program building on best practices across Australia, the United States, and other global philanthropy leaders to benefit you – the new and emerging leaders in our sector. We’ll span topics and content – ranging from big philosophical questions to granular technical approaches – and draw on best practices and insights from across the globe and from our peers in the room.

Who should participate?

This training is designed for new or emerging leaders in their first few years of grantmaking. Donors looking to launch a new foundation or deepening their existing practices may also find this training valuable. Registration is capped at 30 participants.

Agenda Overview

What is your role in philanthropy?

  • Sorting through sector reality & myths
  • Situating your work amidst diverse giving approaches & grantmaker types
  • Defining your work in relationship to other sectors & field infrastructure

What is good grantmaking?

  • Exploring the goals, struggles & debates that define our sector
  • Understanding impact through a funder lens
  • Framing your approaching within a broader theory of effective giving

How should you show up as a funder? 

  • Navigating the ethical complexities of giving
  • Balancing power dynamics as a funder
  • Applying the principles of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Justice
  • Managing implicit bias in your daily work

How can you be more effective?

  • Developing and sustaining thoughtful relationships & communications as a funder
  • Leveraging your support beyond the grant
  • Building the field of philanthropy


Dr Jason Franklin – Founder and Principal of Ktisis Capital 

Dr. Jason Franklin is the Founder & Principal of Ktisis Capital through which serves as a strategic advisor to a mix of progressive individual donors, families, foundations and philanthropic collaboratives. He has spent over twenty years engaged in progressive philanthropy across a wide range of roles including donor advisor, scholar, grantmaker, family & independent trustee, and donor organizer. He also serves as chair of the Michigan Alliance and treasurer of the Threshold Foundation and is a member of the Smithsonian’s Philanthropy Initiative Working Group, Threshold’s High Impact Documentary Funding Circle, Democracy Alliance, Solidaire, and WINGS: Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support. He previously worked as the inaugural Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy and before that as Executive Director of Bolder Giving, an organization that inspired people to give big & take more risks with their philanthropy.

*Please contact Michael Pratt at if you have additional questions.


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