The Working Group Findings are in! After 4 months of investigation and analysis,the working groups are sharing their findings on sector-wide grantmaker education and learning. For a distillation of their work,read on:
The User Needs Working Group consider it crucial to understand what the people who might use a field-wide system for learning and development would need for the initiative to be successful. They have reached out to members of the evolving LearnPhilanthropy.net community and received nearly 300 responses from the user survey,and are still gathering additional data. They have also utilized an independent polling organization called Hart Research in Washington,D.C. to run a longer and more detailed survey of nearly 300 additional foundation representatives,and also asked participants in the Council on Foundations Annual Conference in Denver to complete a survey in their information packets. Their findings are summarized in User Needs Survey Results.
The research of the Knowledge and Content Working Group has led them to conclude that the field is at an inflection point. Today,as a field of practice philanthropy seems to have developed a new state of readiness to collaboratively identify,manage and leverage critical learning opportunities in order to achieve mission-driven results. They summarize their findings as The Who,What and How of Learning in Philanthropy,and their Complete Report is also available for download.
The Business Modeling Working Group has been responsible for investigating the marketplace for grantmaker education and learning and beginning to think about a sustainable business model for a grantmaker education/learning system they share some key impressions of how the current system works from the perspective of providers of educational content,programming,and resources.
We welcome your comments on all of the above.