Philanthropy Executive Certificate

We are currently accepting applications for our in-person Fall 2024 Philanthropy Executive Certificate Program. The final deadline to apply is Friday, May 31st. View the video from our recent Information Session and learn more about the application process.

About the Program

The Executive Certificate in Philanthropic Leadership is designed to strengthen the leadership capacity of philanthropic practitioners working in private foundations, community foundations, corporate foundations, donor advised funds, and other philanthropic organizations. The Certificate gives philanthropic leaders the opportunity to learn about groundbreaking strategies being used by funders large and small, local and global, and to think more broadly about the unique role philanthropy is called to play in our societies.

Designed as an experiential leadership lab, this program provides a stimulating and supportive climate for reimagining philanthropy today. Leaders will develop strategies for long-term change, approaches for engaging community, processes for measuring impact, and explore the possibilities of collaboration across the philanthropic ecosystem. The program also gives participants the unique opportunity to explore their future career paths through discussions with guest speakers and an optional personal coaching session.

Join the Executive Certificate in Philanthropic Leadership to become part of an impactful network of philanthropic leaders committed to supporting each other’s goals, addressing complex challenges, and creating new strategies for change.


The following session topics are included in the Executive Certificate in Philanthropic Leadership Program:

  • Leadership: Self, Organizations, Systems
  • Investigating the History of Philanthropy
  • Defining Philanthropic Ethics and Values
  • Exploring Strategies for Creating Social Change
  • Leveraging Philanthropic Capital for Maximum Results
  • Centering Racial Equity in Your Organization
  • Putting New Models of Philanthropy into Practice
  • Measuring Impact
  • Leading Change within Your Organization

Schedule and Deadlines

Rolling Application Process: May 31, 2024 Priority Deadline

In-Person Classes:
September 9-13, 2024 (5-day program)

Optional Virtual Classes:
October – December 2024

Tuition: $7,000 (discounts based on financial need are available)