The Center cultivates diverse, transformative, and justice-oriented leaders dedicated to advancing social impact across sectors.

Develop the necessary skills and tools to advance in the field through our Executive Certificate in Philanthropic Leadership. Leaders from across philanthropy, including practitioners working in private and/or family foundations, community foundations, government agencies, corporate foundations, donor advised funds, and other grant making organizations should consider applying, specifically individuals who have a demonstrated track record of leadership, or who have been identified by their sponsoring organization to have high potential. While we encourage applicants to apply by Friday, May 31st, applications will continue to be reviewed on a rolling basis for the Fall 2024 Program. Scholarships are available.

In-Person Classes: September 9-13, 2024

Read about the application process here.

We are excited to announce six new faculty joining the Center for our Fall 2024 Executive Certificate in Philanthropic Leadership! Esteemed faculty members include: Judy Belk, Cedric Brown, Julia Coffman, Hanh Le, Tariana Navas-Nieves, and Brenda Solórzano. Read the bios of all of the Philanthropy Certificate faculty here.

On April 23, 2024, seven graduate students at the McCourt School of Public Policy stepped into the roles of Foundation Board Trustees and awarded $23,000 to D.C-based nonprofits working to advance racial, economic, and social justice in Dr. Kathy Kretman’s Philanthropy, Power, and Politics course. Over the semester, students examined their values and tested their assumptions about the responsibilities that come with wealth and power in the United States. 

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