Master Juggler Series: Coaching Essentials

At Exponent Philanthropy, we believe strong relationships drive effective philanthropy. We also believe funders aren’t typically the experts in the change they hope to catalyze, fund, and support–at least not early on in their learning journey. Coaching offers you an opportunity to transform the relationships you have with staff, board members, grantees, community leaders, and others.

Equipped with the mindset, skillset, and process, you will be better equipped to help both yourself and others gain awareness, discover new ways of thinking, and focus on creating solutions. Ultimately, it’s all in service of achieving a greater impact through philanthropy.

What is coaching?
Coaching is a relationship that helps people maximize their own potential. Coaching relationships are forward-looking and focused on achieving specific goals, whereas therapy often looks backward and consulting or mentoring involves giving advice. Coaches believe that individuals are the experts on their own lives, meaning they support others in discovering their own solutions.

In this program you will:

  • Build fundamental coaching skills
  • Develop your capacity to coach effectively by listening deeply, asking powerful questions, and offering observations and feedback
  • Increase your effectiveness in building and strengthening critical relationships with trustees, staff, grantees, and community leaders

Application Procedure

Participation is by online application only, and space is limited to ensure a first-rate experience for all involved. The application deadline is February 10, 2018.

Applications will be reviewed to ensure that participants are committed to this unique training opportunity. This program is designed specifically for Executive Directors, and we will assess all applications to ensure a diverse range of experience, perspectives, and geography. We will also consider the fit between applicants’ learning objectives and training design.

Program Fee: $1,595
The program is only offered to Exponent Philanthropy members.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

Participants accepted to the program pay a program fee of $1,595 and must attend both in-person intensive components in order to take part in this year’s cohort. Accepted participants who cannot attend the in-person trainings are not eligible to be in the cohort; their registrations will be canceled.

By applying for this program, participants are agreeing to the Exponent Philanthropy Participant Guidelines.

For accepted and paid applicants, we understand that situations may arise that prevent your participation in the cohort. However, cancellations (especially those close to the event date) can negatively impact the cost-effectiveness and quality of our programs. We, therefore, will not issue refunds for cancellations within 3 weeks of the start of the program; prior to that date, refunds are only approved under extreme circumstances when submitted in writing and will be subject to a $75 processing fee. Please submit all cancellations by e-mail to