Crack The Code

A step-by-step guide to effective philanthropy

This course will empower you with the tools you need to show up as your best self in support of your favourite charities and issues you are passionate about.

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Be Clear

What type of funder are you? In this course, you will learn the differences between a sustainer, campaigner and launcher funder and why this is crucial to being successful. 

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Be Finance Savvy

Learn how to be financially savvy with my top ten guidelines to get, and stay, goal-oriented, accountable, and practical.

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Be Collegial

No matter what level or type of funder you are it is important that you know you're not alone. In this course, you will learn about funder groups and how you can access them for your own giving.

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Be Legal

When offering grants, it is extremely important to comply with governing laws. In this course, you will learn about four legal categories to follow. 

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Be Open-Minded

No matter what kind of funder you are, in this course you will learn how to recognize the perils of a funder bubble.

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Be Collaborative

In this course, you will learn how to fund collaborations between nonprofit partners that you care about.

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Be Proactive

What do you expect and need from a nonprofit? Are your expectations clear? This course focuses on these logistics, and more! 

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Who is Sybil?

From experience, I know it's possible to purposely give and make a positive impact on the world no matter how busy you are or how much money you have to give. I can show you how.

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What Others Thought

Michele Goodman, Executive Director JW & HM Goodman Family Foundation 

For the past 15+ years, Sybil Ackerman Munson has been a trusted colleague and advisor to the JW & HM Goodman Family Foundation. Her in-depth knowledge of philanthropic strategies combined with her experience working on environmental issues have been a tremendous asset to our foundation. We are so grateful for all of the connections that she has made for us over the years. Sybil has a strong collaborative work ethic and we value her advice.

Sean Kosofsky, Nonprofit Fixer, Climate Advocacy Lab

Sybil's course is so clear and well-organized that everyone will come away from it clearer about how to get started in philanthropy. The modules are accessible and fun and just plain excellent. If you want a primer or are just itching to get started in making an impact with your dollars, start here.

Fabiola Greenawalt, Program Officer The Russell Family Foundation Jim Doe

Sybil is an authentic leader with extensive philanthropic and organizational development expertise. She approaches her work with a passion for finding the right solutions and strategies for the job at hand. Sybil has supported our work in various roles throughout the years and in her most recent role, she led the design of an inclusive consensus-based process that helped form a majority BIPOC collective effort that works to tackle various environmental issues in our region. Sybil is a skilled partner, strategic thinker, and amazing facilitator. I greatly appreciate the value that she has brought to my work.

The Latest

#53 Learn from a Funder Who Has Worn Many Hats

Nov 29, 2021

Guest Feature: 3 Types of Donors and Segmenting for Success

Nov 26, 2021

#52 Sybil Speaks: Fund Amazing Coalitions the Right Way

Nov 22, 2021

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