Ethics in Grantmaking: Dimensions, Dilemmas, and Decision-Making

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Most foundations have codes of ethics and most grantmakers strive to behave ethically - but what exactly does that mean?  In this webinar, we will examine ethical dillemmas and how to navigate them as we explore tools and techniques for ethical reasoning and decision-making in grantmaking.

*Completion of this webinar counts toward the CMF-Johnson Center Grantmaking Series Certificate of Completion - More Details


Caroline Altman Smith, deputy director, education program, The Kresge Foundation

Caroline supports the team’s domestic grantmaking, which funds higher education institutions and national nonprofit organizations that work to help more underserved students enter and succeed in postsecondary education. Before joining Kresge in 2008, Caroline served for five years as a program officer at the Lumina Foundation in Indianapolis where she worked to create opportunities for low-income, minority and first-generation students to enter college and complete their undergraduate degrees. A graduate of the University of Virginia, Caroline holds a master’s degree in philanthropic studies and a certificate in nonprofit management from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. She is an instructor for The Grantmaking School at Grand Valley State University, previously chaired the Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy National Board of Advisors, and currently serves on the boards of the Council of Michigan Foundations and Grantmakers for Education.

Meredith Freeman, director of alignment and impact investing, Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation

Meredith has extensive experience in the social impact sector and community development. She has worked with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Citibank Global Community Relations and mostly recently served as program director for the Fair Food Network. In this role, she was also one of the chief architects of our recent program related investment in the Michigan Good Food Fund in collaboration with the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. In 2014, Meredith was selected for the inaugural class of the Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Network. Meredith received a B.A. from Michigan State University, and an M.S. in Management and Urban Policy from the New School University in New York. She has also served as adjunct faculty for graduate level courses in Nonprofit Management at Seton Hall University and the New School.

Michael Moody, Ph.D., Frey Foundation chair for family philanthropy, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

Dr. Michael Moody serves as an accessible guide to the rapidly evolving and complex landscape of philanthropy and social innovation, helping diverse audiences see the vital role that giving plays in society, and expanding both the practice and understanding of family philanthropy. Dr. Moody straddles the worlds of scholarship and practice, shining a light on the connections between giving and lived experience with both expertise and enthusiasm. Dr. Moody earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Indiana University, where he then became one of the first employees of the university’s renowned Center on Philanthropy, helping to create the Jane Addams Fellows Program. He received a master’s in social science from the University of Chicago, and his doctoral work at Princeton focused on philanthropic giving and nonprofit organizations. Prior to becoming the Frey Foundation Chair, Dr. Moody held faculty positions at Boston University and the University of Southern California, where he was a faculty fellow at the USC Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy.

Michael Pratt, project mananger, institute for foundation & donor learning, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

Michael is responsible primarily for project management and coordination of The Grantmaking School. He completed his undergraduate studies at GVSU, graduating with a B.A. in philosophy and a B.S. in psychology. During his time as an undergraduate student, Michael served as officer and treasurer of GVSU’s Undergraduate Philosophy Club and was the recipient of the Excellence-in-a-Discipline Award for philosophy in 2015. He is currently pursuing a Master’s of Business Administration at GVSU’s Seidman College of Business. Michael is a 2017-18 Ralph W. Hauenstein Fellow at GVSU’s Cook Leadership Academy at the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, and also serves on the board of Alternatives in Motion, a West Michigan nonprofit which recycles, distributes, and maintains mobility equipment for those in need.


CMF Members: $35
Nonmembers: $70

Originally published October 18, 2018

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