CAS Grantmaking 2018

Gain a solid understanding of the contemporary grantmaking challenges and learn how to achieve sustainable impact as a grantmaking professional

Information

Period

September 2018 - June 2019
18 ECTS credits
144 Teaching hours
3 consecutive days a month

Language

English

Format

On-site

Contact

Ilane KNEUBUEHLER
+41(0)22 379 85 67
grantmaking(at)unige.ch

Location

University of Geneva

Registration

Early bird deadline

31 March 2018

Registration deadline

31 May 2018
Modules can be followed individually

Fees:

CHF 7900.-

Objectives

  • Understand the complex and multifaceted context of contemporary grantmaking
  • Master the full grantmaking cycle at programme and project level
  • Be able to develop and implement a grantmaking programme from strategy to ex-post evaluation
  • Be familiar with best practices and new developments in grantmaking

Audience

Mid-level professional with responsibilities in grantmaking who is currently working in international cooperation or philanthropy
Participants without responsibilities in grantmaking may be admitted on the basis of other comparable and relevant experiences

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the grantmaking cycle from a systemic perspective
  • Be able to develop a grantmaking strategy in step with their organisation's mission and general objectives
  • Know how to operationalise a strategy from the selection and contracting of projects, through the monitoring and coaching of grantees to the evaluation results
  • Be familiar with best practices and new developments in grantmaking
  • Understand and know how to deal with trade-offs in grantmaking
  • Have solved a real-world problem of their organisation or another grantmaking organisation

Programme

6 modules:

  • Fundamentals of Grantmaking
  • From Strategy to the Grant
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Innovation in grantmaking
  • Peer-to-peer learning
  • Application Module

Director(s)

Prof. Thomas STRAUB, Geneva School of Economics and Management (GSEM), University of Geneva
Dr. Thomas STAUFFER former Head Swiss Contribution Office Bucharest, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO

Coordinator(s)

Ilane KNEUBUEHLER, University of Geneva

Partnership

- SwissFoundations brings together Switzerland’s grant-making foundations, giving them a strong and independent voice. As an active network dedicated to innovation, SwissFoundations fosters the exchange of experiences, transparency and professionalism in the Swiss foundation sector. - The Geneva Centre for Philanthropy has been created by the University of Geneva (UNIGE) to support the international expansion and influence of philanthropy. It is a public-private partnership between UNIGE and a number of major Geneva-based foundations, and specializes in inter-disciplinary research and teaching in philanthropy together with knowledge transfer.
The Certificate of advanced studies (CAS) in Grantmaking recognizes that the objectives and practices of public and private grantmakers are increasingly interconnected. It responds to the demand by grantmaking professionals for an academically rigorous and practically sound course that enables them to deliver, innovate and have an impact

Date(s)

11 October 2018

Location

Unimail

Speakers

Dr Thomas Stauffer, former Head of the Swiss Contribution Office Bucharest, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO

Fee

1800 CHF

Description

This module provides participants of different professional, educational and cultural background with a common analytical and conceptual framework, by addressing the history of grantmaking, different analytical approaches and a critical assessment of grantmaking in the light of competing objectives. It introduces them to the Grant Making Cycle (GMC) from to strategy to impact.

Date(s)

8 November 2018

Location

Unimail

Speakers

Mr Lionel Giron, Program coordinator Himalaya, Helvetas

Fee

1800 CHF

Description

This module covers the first half of the grantmaking cycle from the development of a programme strategy to the selection of grantees and projects as well as the contracting of grants. In particular, it addresses methodologies for strategy development and programme design, the management of calls for projects and contracting.

Date(s)

13 December 2018

Location

Unimail

Speakers

Ms Monika Egger Kissling, former Head of strategic controlling, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, and consultant

Fee

1800 CHF

Description

Covering the second half of the grantmaking cycle this module looks not only at the monitoring of grants but is also dealing with implementation problems. It concludes with the closure of the grantmaking cycle through evaluation. This module not only covers different approaches and methods used in monitoring and evaluations, but also considers how grantees may be supported and linked-up.

Date(s)

7 February 2019

Location

Unimail

Speakers

Ms Karin Jestin, former Head of philanthropy, Lombard Odier, and consultant

Fee

1800 CHF

Description

The focus of this module is on best practices and innovative approaches in grantmaking. It looks at the drivers of innovation, both at the level of actors and approaches. Through the mini-conference, which is part and parcel of this module, the participants have the opportunity to meet leaders in grantmaking from philanthropy and international development.

Date(s)

7 March 2019

Location

Unimail

Speakers

Mr Bjoern Struewer, founder and CEO at Roots of Impact

Fee

1800 CHF

Description

Module 5 connects the theoretical understanding acquired in the preceding modules to their practical application through exchange with practitioners from grantmaking on the basis of real-world cases.

Date(s)

10 May 2019

Location

Unimail

Speakers

Dr Thomas Stauffer, former Head of the Swiss Contribution Office Bucharest, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO

Fee

1800 CHF

Description

From the start of the programme and in parallel with the other modules the participants will work on a practical assignment, either for their home organisation or pro bono for a third party grantmaking organisation. In this assignment, they will be coached and supervised by a faculty member. At the end of the course he participants will present to and discuss with the group their results.

Pedagogical method

Each module is subject to an assessment, including one or a combination of the following: in-class exam, classroom presentations, take-home assignments.

Diploma awarded

Certificate of advanced studies (CAS) in Grantmaking by the Faculty of Economics and Management of the University of Geneva (18 ECTS credits)

Admission criteria

A university degree or equivalent and at least 3 years of professional experience. Proficiency in English is required.

To register, please send : Updated CV in English, Application letter in English, Copies of your qualifications, copy of your ID document, Passport photo in jpg format.

IMPORTANT: A practical assignment is a crucial part of the learning experience for all participants of the CAS in Grantmaking. In order to stimulate discussion and sharing of experiences, participants will work in small groups on a joint assignment, the results of which will be presented and discussed in Module 6. Possible examples for such an assignment are the preparation of a new line of grants, the evaluation of a project, the development of a concept for supporting grantees or a study on possible innovative grant instruments. As a general rule such an assignment will be connected to and supported by a grantmaking organization.

Participants already working in grantmaking or connected with grantmaking organisation are encouraged to put forward a concrete proposal for an assignment in their application letter. Otherwise the letter should comprise reflections on the type of questions/assignments that would be of interest to the participant. On this basis, the course directors will establish the working groups and match them with suitable assignments before the beginning of the course.

Steering committee

Dr Peter Beez, Mr Peter Brey, Dr Claudia Genier, Prof. Henry Peter, Ms Luiza Silva, Prof. Tina Ambos, Prof. Thomas Straub, Dr Thomas Stauffer

Number of participants

Max. 18 participants

Detailed fees

CAS - CHF 7,900.-
Individual module - CHF 1,800.-

Schedule

Thursday through Saturday - 8:30 am - 5:30pm

Collaboration

- Dr Peter Beez, Head of focal point e+I, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC; - Mr Peter Brey, Director, Fondation Leenaards; - Dr Claudia Genier, Deputy Director, Swiss Foundations; - Prof. Henry Peter, Director, Geneva Centre for Philanthropy, University of Geneva; - Ms Luiza Silva, Director, UNDP Office in Geneva; - Prof. Tina Ambos, Director, Institute of Management GSEM, University of Geneva

“Grantmaking is a complex activity and to maximize their impact, professionals need to get specific skills and expertise. The CAS in grantmaking will offer concrete tools to respond to major societal challenges. I very much welcome this initiative, which is at the interface between philanthropy and development cooperation. I look forward to hearing about the first outcomes of this highly promising programme.”

Peter Brey, Executive Director, Fondation Leenaards and Vice-president, SwissFoundations


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