Drive Change and Advance Your Philanthropic Practice

Drawing on rigorous research and decades of experience advising foundations, CEP’s Learning Institute supports individuals and groups looking to improve philanthropic practice and maximize positive impact on partners, fields, and communities. Through learning cohorts, trainings, and custom workshops, foundation staff and leaders can connect with peers in the field, engage in deep learning, set goals, and advance real changes.

Peer Learning Cohorts

You face a tremendous number of challenges and opportunities to maximize your organization’s impact, but it can be hard to drive change alone. CEP’s Peer Learning Cohorts provide action-oriented opportunities for staff and leaders in philanthropy to build community, learn together, and support each other in setting and pursuing goals.

Custom Workshops

Drawing on decades of research and experience guiding foundation strategy and practice, CEP works with foundations to design custom data-backed workshops and trainings on topics that are crucial to your staff’s practice and impact.

  • Grantee Relationships
  • Gathering and Working with Demographic Data
  • Evidence-backed Trust-based Philanthropy Practices
  • Multiyear General Operating Support

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CEP Speakers

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Phil Buchanan
The Center for Effective Philanthropy

Elisha Smith Arrillaga
Vice President
The Center for Effective Philanthropy

Amber Bradley
Learning Institute
The Center for Effective Philanthropy

Kevin Bolduc
Vice President
and Advisory Services
The Center for Effective Philanthropy

Austin Long
Senior Director
and Advisory Services
The Center for Effective Philanthropy

What makes CEP’s Learning Institute uniquely powerful for driving change?

Rooted in Rigor: Our content emphasizes rigorous research, data-backed practices, and guest speakers with lived experience and concrete examples of driving change at their organizations.

Decades of Experience: CEP’s seasoned facilitators, trainers, and speakers have deep expertise and decades of experience advising foundation staff, leaders, and boards on funder effectiveness.

Grounded in Your Context: Our offerings provide opportunities to explore research and promising practices in the context of your organization and your work. In addition to cohorts and workshops available to the field, we offer custom workshops tailored to your organization’s specific opportunities.

Focused on Action: CEP’s Learning Institute offerings are structured to help you drive change at your organization. Cohorts and workshops provide opportunities for goal setting, accountability support, and peer advising that inform and advance your implementation goals.

Past offerings

Offered in 2022 and 2023, CEP’s Trust-Based Philanthropy Cohorts invited foundation senior leaders to deepen their knowledge of trust-based philanthropy principles, troubleshoot barriers, set and achieve goals, and create change at their organizations.

First offered in 2019, this cohort supported a group of recent Grantee Perception Report users to build connections and drive change at their organizations based on their specific results. Contact CEP to learn more.