The Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University

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The Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy

The Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy

Our mission is to inform and advance social justice philanthropy. But what does that mean? We realize it in several ways:

  • We produce and disseminate usable publications to guide funding in social justice areas;
  • We connect grantmakers, scholars and practitioners through informative and engaging events and presentations;
  • We offer courses and fellowships to students interested in social justice philanthropy;
  • We build strategic partnerships to amplify the voices and values of social justice grantmakers.

Social Justice Funder Opportunity Briefs

Cover of first Sillerman Center Social Justice Funder Opportunity briefThis series will explore complex social justice challenges and investigate specific funding opportunities that address those challenges. We focus on funding areas that are particularly well suited for philanthropy, backed up by research and sustainable. "Post-Secondary Education for People in Prison" is the first brief in this series.

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Funders Guides

Cover of Funders GuideOur 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.

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Improving Lives, Improving Communities: The Case for Trauma-Informed Philanthropy

Improving Lives, Improving Communities: The Case for Trauma-Informed Philanthropy

Abby Alexanian, Sillerman Center Graduate Research AssistantPhilanthropy has the opportunity not only to improve the lives of individuals but to more effectively tackle social problems by understanding and addressing trauma as a major underlying root cause of such challenges. Philanthropy can elevate trauma-informed work by funding it, certainly, but also by educating grantees and encouraging them to adopt trauma-informed approaches.
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Black Lives Matter - A Catalyst for Philanthropic Change?

Black Lives Matter - A Catalyst for Philanthropic Change?

The Black Lives Matter Movement (BLM) has attracted serious attention and, more recently, dollars from US foundations. Moreover, Social Justice Funders have offered not only immediate financial assistance, but movement-building resources to strengthen the decentralized, radical, and controversial movement over the long term.
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Refugee Resettlement and Integration: Can Philanthropy Step into the Breach?

Refugee Resettlement and Integration: Can Philanthropy Step into the Breach?

Sheryl Seller, Sillerman Center Assistant DirectorInvesting in refugee integration benefits not only refugees but whole communities. Philanthropy is particularly well positioned to sustain and expand successful national, state, and local practices, programs and policies designed to assist refugees and immigrants.
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