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Hahn reflects on controversy raging in philanthropy circles over power dynamics, democratization of philanthropy and Sillerman Center studies that can shine a light on the use of intermediaries. more


A new Sillerman Center report, Engaging a New Generation of Philanthropists: Findings from the Pay it Forward Student Philanthropy Initiative, explores the relationship between college students’ prior philanthropic experiences, student philanthropy course components, and student outcomes related to philanthropy, volunteering, and supporting their communities. more

Heller Professors Laurie Nsiah-Jefferson '80, PhD '06, and Jeffrey Prottas are co-leading a case study about intermediaries. Jeffrey Prottas is conducting a study about foundations and financial intermediaries 



The Sillerman Center Announces 2014 Generous U Competition

Generous U is a national contest to increase philanthropy and philanthropic values on U.S. college campuses. Students are invited to compete for the $10,000 Sillerman Prize and the Generous U title for their university or college.

Margaret McKenna Joins Sillerman Center as a Visiting Professor of the Practice

Margaret McKenna, civil rights attorney, educator and leading expert in philanthropy joins the Sillerman Center for the 2013-2014 academic year. Previously McKenna was President of the Walmart Foundation and served as President of Lesley University for 22 years.

Charity Doesn't Always Begin at Home: Student Philanthropy Experience Path to Future Giving

A recent report released by the Heller School's Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy, at Brandeis University, points to new insights into building a pipeline to create philanthropists. Claudia Jacobs blogs in the Huffington Post.

Uncircling the Wagons: Philanthropists Who Didn't Cause Our Social Problems

Can Giving Circles be a vehicle for democratizing philanthropy? Claudia Jacobs blogs in the Huffington Post.

Compassion, Action and Sleeping Well

Brains response to giving: Donor sleeps well after supporting School in Nepal. Claudia Jacobs blogs in the Huffington Post.

Sillerman Intern, Rachael Weiker, interned at SheGives

SheGives raised $235,000 in 5 month for 8 Boston-area nonprofit organizations.

Giving Games Frame Charitable Choices Between Good Options

Giving Games help current and future donors find giving opportunities that match their values. These aren't hypothetical - players collectively decide where to give real money that will help real people.

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