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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 

Sillerman Welcomes New Director Susan Eaton!

Harvard’s Susan Eaton has been selected as new director of the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy.

Can Money Create Social Change?

Many philanthropists and foundations have recently been making impact investments in an attempt to influence social policy. But are these investments producing dividends toward social change?

Merit Or Need-Based Scholarships: How Donors Can Turn The Tide Towards More Equitable Financial Aid

There has been a dramatic shift away from need-based financial aid since the mid-1990s. Donors can leverage change in financial aid to help those with financial need attend college or university. Kaleigh Behe blogs in the Huffington Post.

Margaret McKenna Selected as President of Suffolk University

Congratulations to our former Acting Director, Margaret McKenna, who has been selected as the 10th President of Suffolk University!

The Family Foundation Life Cycle and the Role of Consultants

In this article, which has printed in the Foundation Review's first issue 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.

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