Deadline for nominations is Friday, January 22, 2021.

Thank you for nominating your colleague to participate in Philanthropy New York's 2021 Essential Skills and Strategies (ESS) course. We are delighted to offer this program as one of the many ways we support philanthropic professionals in their careers. 

ESS will be offered virtually in 2021. We have redesigned the program to be 13, two-hour sessions over the course of eight weeks. All sessions are on Wednesday and Friday mornings.

About ESS
Visit our website to learn more about the program and the intended outcomes of participation:

The curriculum is designed for and open to program officers and directors who have the following responsibilities:
Programmatic due diligence of potential grants (i.e., proposal review, site visits)
Communicate funding recommendations and decisions to foundation stakeholders (i.e., CEO and/or Board, grantees)
Assessment of grant performance and evaluation of grantmaking portfolio
ESS is ideal for program officers/directors who have been through a grantmaking cycle at their foundation since the curriculum relies heavily on knowing your own institution's grantmaking practices. We suggest members take PNY's Philanthropy 101 course before taking ESS.

Given the high demand for this program, ESS is only open to Philanthropy New York members. Space is limited to 25 individuals. We limit participation per organization in order to accommodate as many member organizations as we can. In addition, priority is given to individuals who have been in their roles for more time.

If you have any questions, please contact Kristen Ruff (


Philanthropy New York

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* 1. Your Contact Information:

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* 2. ESS Candidate:

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* 3. Please briefly describe how this candidate will contribute to a productive group work/peer learning environment.

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* 4. Participating in ESS is a significant time commitment. Participants commit to 13, two-hour sessions over the course of eight weeks, along with 6 - 8 hours of pre-reading and homework.

Please share what you are able to do in your role as supervisor to support your colleague in carving out the time to participate fully in the program.