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Our Funders Guides provide the philanthropic community accessible, useful, expertly vetted information about high impact giving opportunities in a wide variety of sectors. Our Practical Guide to Making Strategic Philanthropic Investments provides an overview of types of philanthropic investments and introduces key questions to ask as you make giving decisions.  more

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Congratulations to Erin Robinson and Derek Lowry for their successful capstone presentations at the Heller School for Social Policy.

Erin, a 2015 Sillerman Fellow and Derek, a research assistant at Sillerman, will be awarded MPP degrees this month. Erin was recently awarded the Best Capstone Award from the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (MAASPA) for her capstone, "When the Last Resort Comes First: Exploring the Overuse of Exclusionary Discipline in Georgia Schools." Derek's capstone presentation was titled, "Non Standard Student Success: The Massachusetts Pipeline to Prosperity." Derek recently accepted a position as a policy analyst at the Council of State Governments in New York City this month. Erin and Derek, it has been a privilege and pleasure to work with you at the Sillerman Center. We will miss you!

Congratulations to the 2016 Sillerman Fellows!

We are delighted to announce Ariela Lovett, Adiba Nasser, and Oliver Supitux as the 2016 Sillerman Center Fellows! Ariela will be interning with the New York Women’s Foundation, Adiba with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, and Oliver with The Boston Foundation. We are so grateful to have these three rockstars join the Sillerman Fellow team!

Funders Guide Spotlight: Child Hunger Alleviation

Food insecurity is particularly devastating to children because lack of proper nutrition prevents a child’s healthy development and has long-term health consequences. This year, for the first time ever, more than half of public school students in this country are from low-income families. 21.5 million (70.5%) of children in school receive free or reduced lunches. However, fewer than 2.7 million receive free meals during the summer.

Sillerman Seminar held on April 4 provided foundation professionals with insight on Investment and Spending Policies.

On April 4, board members, program officers and executives from a wide variety of foundations in New England attended our spring Sillerman Seminar, "Investment and Spending Policies" with Rob Brown, head of research at Just Capital.

Practicing Philanthropy students award grants to three local non-profit organizations

On April 19, 2016, students from the Graduate level Practicing Philanthropy course, awarded three cash prizes of $13,500 each to select non-profit organizations.

On November 22, The Sillerman Center was honored to host dozens of youth philanthropists for a Summit on giving and social action.

Youth and adults from New England gathered at the Heller School to talk about their philanthropy models and to learn about creating positive social change through giving.

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