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We enhance philanthropic leadership by offering quality information, research and skill-building programs for grantmakers. 

Our Members gain new knowledge of strategies and best practices in giving, organizational management, trends in the philanthropic sector, and the needs of our region through their interaction with GCG. 

Our staff curates news, publications, and tools specifically designed for the philanthropic sector and produces reports and tools relevant to our region. Browse our News and Resources pages to learn more. 

Gateway Center for Giving also hosts a variety of content-based programs for grantmakers to enhance their knowledge through in-person learning and discussion with their peers. Check out our events calendar to view our currently scheduled programs.

Our content programs include:

  • Grantmaker Skills & Strategies - Training for grantmaking staff including workshops on building successful relationships with nonprofits, incorporating nonprofit financial information into your grantmaking, and integrating policy and advocacy into your work.
  • Topical Programs - Timely programs on specific issues in our society where philanthropy has a role to play in fostering change, such as the opioid epidemic, immigrant and refugee issues, sex trafficking, the 2020 Census, and many more. 
  • Affinity Group Programs - Many of our Members engage in similar work, and they find it beneficial to collaborate and share their efforts. Current affinity groups include: 
    • Early Childhood Education - This affinity group is intended to expose those interested in early learning to worthy initiatives, research findings, and advocacy tools to support their work.
    • Education - Funders interested in sharing resources about K-12 learning in our region gather to deepen their understanding of best practices and the challenges to ensuring access to quality educational opportunities for all. 
    • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion - This affinity group was established in 2014 and is intended for participants who are interested in exploring issues of diversity, equity and inclusion, both within funding organizations and in the broader community, with the understanding that enhanced knowledge and relationships can inform their work as grantmakers and collaborators.
  • Peer Community Programs - These programs offer a chance for funders from specific types of grantmaking organizations to learn from their sector peers. 
    • Corporate - A forum for corporate grantmakers to exchange ideas, share their unique processes, and hear presentations geared towards a business audience on a broad range of topics of interest. Check out our Corporate Peer Community page to find additional resources suited to this group.
    • Family Foundation Roundtable - Family grantmakers face unique needs that are often best supported by peer learning, facilitated through this program series. GCG staff work to bring guidance and assistance to family foundations by addressing varied topics, such as incorporating the next generation of family into the foundation, establishing appropriate evaluation practices, and addressing family dynamics in decision-making. Check out our Family Foundation Peer Community page to find additional resources suited to this group.