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Sillerman Center Director Position

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University invites applications and nominations for the next Director of the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy. The director will also serve as a Associate Professor, Professor or Professor of the Practice. We are seeking an innovative, recognized leader whose experience, research, and teaching concerns philanthropy, social policy, and equity.  more


A 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 

Letter from the Director

The Sillerman Center's Acting Director, Margaret McKenna, explains the need for increased social justice philanthropy and how Sillerman's mission and values fit those of Brandeis' and Heller's.

Coming Soon: The Family Foundation Life Cycle and the Role of Consultants

In this article, which is set to print in the Foundation Review by April of 2015, Dr. Melissa Nemon introduces the Family Foundation Life Cycle as a lens for understanding the stages of a family foundation’s operations. The article also provides a Family Foundation/Consultant Guide to help foundations anticipate needs and set the stage for successful consulting engagements.

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.

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