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CEP Learning Institute

Through peer cohorts and custom workshops, CEP’s Learning Institute supports foundation staff and leaders to engage in collaborative learning rooted in rigorous research, set goals, and advance real changes.

Peer Learning Cohorts

Program Officer Peer Learning Cohort

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Flexible Funding Cohort

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.

Strong Funder-Grantee Relationships

Learn data-backed, actionable principles for fostering strong, functional relationships with your funding partners to maximize your impact. 

Applied Trust-Based Practices

Where do trust-based values and practices align with your organization’s goals and strategies? Custom workshop designed with your goals and context in mind. 

Training on Topic of Your Choosing

Interested in custom training for your staff or trustees not listed here? Contact us to discuss your unique needs and context. 

Moving towards Multiyear Operating Support

Drawing on CEP’s research and experience advising hundreds of funders’ change processes, explore the benefits, challenges, and opportunities of moving towards more multiyear operating support as one of your grantmaking tools.

Strengthening Nonprofits: Exploring Nonmonetary Supports

What does it take to strengthen the nonprofits in your impact areas? How can you understand the challenges your grantees face and how to best support their success and impact?

Gathering and Using Demographic Data

Work with CEP’s survey and data experts to chart your plan for gathering and utilizing demographic data to understand and maximize your organization’s key impact goals.

CEP Speakers

Staff at CEP are available to speak on a variety of topics such as current giving trends, effective giving, and the role of America’s nonprofit sector in a moment when a strong sector is needed more than ever.

Phil Buchanan


Elisha Smith Arrillaga

Vice President, Research

Kevin Bolduc

Vice President, Assessment and Advisory Services

Austin Long

Senior Director, Assessment and Advisory Services

Amber Bradley

Director, Learning Institute

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.

Questions? Contact Us!

Want to learn more about CEP’s Learning Institute offerings? Contact Mercedes De La Riva, Engagement Lead, Learning Institute.

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