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Dear Colleague,

The Council on Foundations is pleased to invite you to participate in a national study about professional development for nonprofit and philanthropic professionals and board members. The study is sponsored by the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy and the School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration at Grand Valley State University.

This survey will generate valuable information that can help inform and enhance professional development efforts across the field. Through our partnership with Grand Valley State University, the Council will be able to use the survey results to better understand the needs of the philanthropic sector and then work to ensure that our members have access to the programming, tools, and resources that meet those needs. These research findings will also be included in a forthcoming publication “Professional Development Planning and Implementation”co-authored by Dr. Heather Carpeter and Tera Qualls.

The survey should take approximately fifteen minutes to complete and will collect information about your involvement in the philanthropic sector, the resources that you currently use to improve your skills, your wants and needs for professional education in the philanthropic sector, and your individual demographics.

The survey is anonymous and the results will be shared publically only in the aggregate. This survey is entirely voluntary and you may exit the survey at any time. There will be no effect on you or your organization by your choice to participate or not participate in this survey.

If you have any questions about this survey, please contact:
Dr. Heather Carpenter
(616) 331-6579

If you have any questions about the Council’s participation in this project, please contact: Tonia Bain, 703-879-0767,

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