We’ve always talked about the LearnPhilanthropy collaboration — funders and providers working together to create a truly field wide resource for grant maker learning –in terms of scaling a mountain. It’s a long journey,and there are many intermediate peaks along the way,as those of you who have been hiking with us know well.
We’re thrilled to say we’ve reached the next peak: On Monday,April 23,we moved our prototype out from “behind the wall,”and made LearnPhilanthropy BETA available to any and all on the web at LearnPhilanthropy.net.
Don’t get us wrong – it’s still a work in progress. The catalogue connects to a couple of hundred resources and not the thousands it will grow to encompass. There are 26 early adopter providers, with many,many more to come as LearnPhilanthropy grows. There are still bugs to be corrected,and features to improve. And there are sections that are now mostly placeholders (frameworks,collections,ask the experts). But we’ve judged it strong enough to want lots more eyeballs on it.
Many of you have helped us by testing the platform as it has developed, improving what we have and making real the concept of “built by the field for the field.” Now, as LearnPhilanthropy gets ready to scale up,we need to broaden the inputs. Please send us to your friends and colleagues, and especially newcomers to the LearnPhilanthropy journey. We need all of you to go on the site, explore what’s there, search for resources, create a profile, and leave us feedback on the site’s feedback form or via online surveys, which we’ll send out periodically.
Thank you for all you’ve done, and for more to come!
The LearnPhilanthropy Work Team: Marcia, Barbara, Dara, Allen, and Jessica