Grantmaker Ethics and Accountability

Philanthropy has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years in terms of the sources of wealth underlying charitable gifts, the allocation of resources, and its decision-making processes. More than ever, those engaged in philanthropy need an ethical orientation to inform their work.

Combining expertise from The Grantmaking School and the Council on Foundations, this session will:

  • Encourage you to reflect on how the concepts of diversity, equity, and inclusion can inform ethical decision-making
  • Enable you to understand to whom and to what you are accountable in your work
  • Provide you with practical tools and step-by-step guidance in navigating ethical problems


Michael D. Layton, Ph.D. (Moderator)
W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

Ben McDearmon
Staff Counsel
Council on Foundations

Who should attend this course?

This course is intended for foundation staff, donors, and others engaged in grantmaking. If you do not fit this profile but are interested in attending, please email before registering.

This session is presented in partnership with the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy.