About Candid Learning for Funders

Candid Learning for Funders combines the practical wisdom of funders worldwide with the expertise of Candid to improve the practice of philanthropy. Since 2001, Candid Learning for Funders has delivered the knowledge funders need to be strategic and effective in their work, addressing questions funders face across various strategies and issue areas.

Candid Learning for Funders Resources

Our free non-partisan resources come in more than 10 languages and multiple formats, including guides, infographics, cases, blogs, podcasts, and interactive tools. This diverse suite of Candid Learning for Funders-developed content is complemented by other Candid resources and external contributions, making Candid Learning for Funders your go-to place for thinking critically about philanthropy and building skills for effective grantmaking. Registered visitors are encouraged to add their voice and perspective to Candid Learning for Funders in order to strengthen the field of knowledge and support foundation transparency efforts.

Candid Learning for Funders Audience

Candid Learning for Funders resources are designed to benefit a global network of funders, including board members, executives, program staff, grants managers, and just about anyone else who works for a foundation. The Candid Learning for Funders community of registered visitors is more than 50,000 strong and represents a range of people in the social sector, including funders, nonprofit staff, philanthropy network staff, academics, and consultants. So, although our content is primarily derived from the wisdom of funders, we’re proud that such a broad spectrum of practitioners finds value in these resources.

Candid Learning for Funders Guest Voices

Candid Learning for Funders curates guest blog posts from various funders and practitioners. Our aim is to promote knowledge sharing to improve practice. The views expressed in these blog posts are solely those of the authors and do not represent the views of Candid Learning for Funders or Candid. If you’d like to submit an idea through a blog post, please register for free here and click Share Your Wisdom.

If you would like to contribute a blog post, reach out to us at [email protected], and view our blog guidelines here.

Candid Learning for Funders History

Understanding that funders generally arrive at their position through routes other than formal education programs, the Ford Foundation started Candid Learning for Funders in 2001 as a project to help its program officers learn on the job and from each other. In the decade that followed, Candid Learning for Funders grew into a collection of practical wisdom aimed at helping grantmakers from all organizations get beyond the basics and work more effectively. In 2011, Candid Learning for Funders became a service of Foundation Center (now Candid) in New York and the European Foundation Centre in Brussels, a collaboration that continued for three years. During this time new content, partnerships, formats, and translations were developed.  As of April 2014, Candid Learning for Funders is led solely by Candid and is housed in its Candid Labs department.

Candid Learning for Funders Future

Candid Learning for Funders is committed to strengthening its collection of resources and to cultivating an engaged community of global  funders. Candid Learning for Funders’s new chapter will be characterized by closer ties to Candid and increased opportunities for diverse funders to share with and learn from each other’s unique perspectives. Technology will also play an important role as we leverage innovative tools to promote the development of new content, expanded curation of external resources, and a strengthened community.