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2018 Fundamentals of Effective Grantmaking

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 8:45am to Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 5:00pm PDT
The California Endowment Center for Healthy Communities
1000 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Members: $495.00
Non-Members: $950.00
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To keep pace with changes in the nonprofit sector and the growing demands on foundation resources, grantmakers must continually sharpen their skills and knowledge. SCG’s signature Fundamentals of Effective Grantmaking program is an opportunity for anyone who is new to the field to learn primary grantmaking competencies and for seasoned philanthropy professionals to revisit their core grantmaking skills.

This interactive, three-day series will introduce you to grantmaking skills and procedures and provide opportunities to interact with colleagues in our grantmaking community during a series of engaging sessions:

  • The Process of Assessing Proposals and Site Visits
  • Building Respectful Relationships with Grantees
  • Evaluation for Learning 
  • Understanding Financial Statements
  • Ethics in Grantmaking
  • Managing the Challenges of Grantmaking
  • Adopting the Networking and Mentoring Lifestyle
  • Advocacy, Public Policy and Transformation in the Civic Landscape


In addition to three full-day sessions, participants must select a grantmaking organization to visit in order to observe how Fundamentals lessons operate in the workplace.

Individuals who attend the full program and site visit session will receive a certificate signifying completion of the series.


To download the agenda, please click here.



Here's what past participants have to say:



“It's practical applications. I feel I'm going back to the office with a valuable set of tools that will improve, invigorate and challenge my work.”


“I appreciated the breadth of topics, the experience of the leaders, the friendliness of the whole experience and the opportunity to network.”


“Quality presenters representing local foundation leadership. It was my first time hearing from many of the presenters and it was truly an honor to hear from them in this setting.”


“The content was informative and helpful!”



Session Dates
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Visit with a Grantmaker: Half-day during the week of October 23-26
Tuesday, October 30, 2018

This program is sold out.

Current SCG Members: $495
Eligible Non-members: $950

Program fee is due prior to the start of the program. Fees cover all course materials, lunches and refreshments.

Who May Participate
Current SCG members and other grantmakers eligible for SCG membership.

*This program is a 101 level training designed for grantmakers who are new to the field (less than two years) or for relatively seasoned grantmakers seeking to revisit their primary grantmaking skills.

Refunds & Cancellations
Sorry, we cannot offer refunds. Transfers within the same organization must be requested by emailing [email protected].

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity, please contact our programs team at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.