Training details



You are new to a field or cause, either as a grantmaker or a nonprofit leader. Where do you even begin to build your knowledge of the field, expertise, and network? This can be a daunting task if you don’t have the right tools and strategies on hand. This workshop will teach you how to capture insights from experts, funders, and practitioners in your field. Our expert facilitators will lead you through an interactive workshop designed to equip you with practical, everyday strategies to scan the landscape for diverse perspectives and potential collaborators. You will leave with a greater ability to integrate your work into the broader whole, and thereby better engage others in moving the needle forward on the causes you care about.


Upon completion of this course you should be able to:

  • Explain the importance of scanning
  • Describe the scanning styles
  • Identify the most effective scanning styles to tackle a problem
  • Plan how to apply scanning tools
  • Troubleshoot scanning challenges
  • Schedule regular scanning practices

Intended audience:

Anyone who is designing a program for the first time and wants to understand the landscape of the field (in other words: identifying who is working on this area and connecting with them).


Program specialists/officers at foundations with 0-3 years of experience

Bonus materials

A deck of cards to help you identify strategies you will apply in your everyday work.

Worksheets designed to help you: identify strategies appropriate for particular projects and plan how you will apply what you learn in the workshop