High Impact Philanthropy Academy

High Impact Philanthropy Academy

High Impact Philanthropy Academy
can help you do more good with your giving.

New class forming now! Join our Spring 2023 cohort, part-time weekdays March 6 - 17.

CHIP has adapted our flagship Funder Education program into a flexible online High Impact Philanthropy Academy to help donors make the biggest difference possible. In the current environment, funders don’t have a minute or a penny to waste. CHIP’s High Impact Philanthropy Academy builds on over 13 years of helping funders and grantmakers worldwide achieve greater social impact. Our High Impact Philanthropy Academy runs part-time, online for two consecutive weeks to fit into your day.

Join an established community of practice

alumni create a network for high impact philanthropy
of participants would recommend the program to family or friends
states represented, including participants from California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington
continents represented, including participants from Australia, Colombia, Israel, Mexico, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and more

Who Should Attend?

This program is for individual donors, principals, grantmakers, foundation trustees, foundation executive directors/CEOs and other philanthropic leaders who are eager to create more social impact with their giving.

Learn more about who makes a great candidate

Participants must be individuals who make or strongly influence decisions about allocating philanthropic resources and who want their philanthropic activity to create more positive social change (i.e., philanthropy for social impact). They include individual donors, family foundation leaders, professional grantmakers, heads of public charities that make grants, and/or leaders of public agencies that provide funding to nonprofits/NGOs.

The most successful participants are:

  1. Often considering a change or pivot, (e.g., increasing giving and/or adjusting to a liquidity event, adding a new cause area or changing organizational strategy, navigating a generational transition or a relevant life change, seeking more confidence that philanthropic activity is creating intended impact)
  1. Seeking to remove obstacles or address past frustrations (e.g., resolving conflict among trustees, family members, or team members)
  2. At a point in their philanthropic path where they are motivated to learn and find new ways to achieve their goals and accelerate their impact.
  3. Interested in making connections among peers. Willing to share their experience, ask questions, and learn from and with others. May have participated in other philanthropic education opportunities.
  4. Experienced beyond just writing a check to organizations recommended by friends or acquaintances.

What Will You Learn?

High impact philanthropy is getting the most “good” for your philanthropic “buck.” It is the process by which a philanthropist makes the biggest difference possible, given the amount of capital invested. This means focusing first on achieving social impact – i.e., a meaningful improvement in the lives of others (vs. other concerns such as maximizing the funder’s tax benefit or honoring a funder’s loved one). Participants will learn the tools and strategies needed to apply the principles of high impact philanthropy to their own efforts.

In addition to adapting the program’s format, our team has also expanded our curriculum to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, related economic crisis, and heightened calls for racial justice, particularly in the U.S.

CHIP’s High Impact Philanthropy Program offers:

  • Focus on creating high impact through giving
  • Curriculum developed over 13 years, updated and adapted for each program
  • A small learning cohort and interactive delivery
  • Flexible part-time schedule to fit into your day
  • A community of practice that extends beyond the time of the course.

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Program Curriculum & Schedule

CHIP’s course delivery is based on best practices in online education from the University of Pennsylvania, one of the first four universities to pioneer Coursera. We also leverage capabilities at our home in Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice, which has long offered online programs for graduate students at the masters and the doctorate level, as well as continuing education in social impact strategy and leadership.

Spring 2023 Program, March 6 – 17

Week 1

Day 1: Monday, 11 AM – 2 PM ET
Day 2: Tuesday, 11 AM – 2 PM ET
Day 3: Wednesday,  11 AM – 2 PM ET
Day 4: Thursday, 11 AM – 2 PM ET
Day 5: Friday, 11 AM – 2 PM ET

Week 2

Day 6: Monday, 11 AM – 2 PM ET
Day 7: Tuesday, 11 AM – 2 PM ET
Day 8: Wednesday, 11 AM – 2 PM ET
Day 9: Thursday, 11 AM- 2 PM ET
Day 10: Friday, 11 AM – 2 PM ET

Admissions Process & Tuition

To start the admissions process, please compete the Application for High Impact Philanthropy and our team will contact you to schedule an interview. The admissions process is individualized and interview-based, with our team looking for a fit between your learning goals and the program. No transcripts or test scores are required.

We keep each cohort small to build a strong learning cohort of highly qualified students and allow faculty to  customize modules to address the goals and perspectives of admitted students.

Tuition and Fees

High Impact Philanthropy Academy tuition and fees are $7,500. A reduced early-bird rate of $6,500 is offered to participants who register before December 31. Please inquire about how to lock in the early-bird rate with $1,000 deposit.

Cancellation Policy

If you find that your plans have changed and you cancel more than 60 days before the program, CHIP will refund your fees minus the first $1,000, or transfer 100% of your fees to a future session. With less than 60 days notice, we will transfer 100% your fees to a future session.

Group Rates

We encourage multiple attendees from the same organization. Recent pairings include parent/child, siblings, principal/board member, and executive director/program manager. For more information about group rates and custom engagements, please contact Kelly Andrews at kellyja@upenn.edu.