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. We realize this mission by:

  • Producing and disseminating usable publications to guide funding in social justice areas

  • Informing and engaging grantmakers through events and presentations that draw on research and experience on the ground

  • Offering courses and fellowships and mentoring for students who want to learn about or work in the philanthropic sector

  • Building strategic partnerships and implementing long-term projects with foundations, with community-based leaders and nonprofit organizations to inform philanthropic strategy and giving and to amplify the voices and values of grantmakers and others engaged in social justice work


Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive K-12 Schools: A New Call for Philanthropic Support

By Susan Eaton and Suchi Saxena

Cover of K-12 Public Schools reportThis report makes the case for philanthropic investment in racially, culturally and socioeconomically diverse K-12 public schools. We offer an overview of work in this field, its evolution, its growing popularity, supportive research base and hopeful contemporary examples. We provide a variety of paths for funders to support this work in ways that align with common philanthropic strategies and priorities. This report was informed by interviews with educators and other practitioners working towards diverse, equitable and inclusive schools and by numerous convenings and conferences, by research and by the authors' experience in this field. We wish to thank our project collaborators and sponsors, The Ford Foundation and the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust.

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Social Justice Funder Opportunity Briefs

Cover of first Sillerman Center Social Justice Funder Opportunity briefThis series explores 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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Social Justice Funder Spotlights

Cover of Social Justice Funders Spotlight on Unbound Philanthropy This series tells stories of innovative, effective social justice philanthropy in action. Each spotlight focuses upon a grantmaker and one of the grantmaker's grantees.

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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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Congratulations to the 2018 Sillerman Fellows!

Congratulations to the 2018 Sillerman Fellows!

Congratulations to Bria Price, Beth Smith, John Haak, and Dominique Ramos on becoming the 2018 Sillerman Center Summer Fellows! All four fellows will be interning at foundations in the Greater Boston area!
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From Beneficiary to Active Agent: How Youth-Led Grantmaking Benefits Young People, Their Communities, and the Philanthropic Sector

From Beneficiary to Active Agent: How Youth-Led Grantmaking Benefits Young People, Their Communities, and the Philanthropic Sector

Cover of Social Justice Funders Opportunity BriefYouth philanthropy programs that are purposefully designed to break down historical barriers and deliberately engage youth of color and youth from historically marginalized communities can improve the philanthropic sector by making it more diverse, more inclusive, and informed by the lived experiences and perspectives of young people.
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African American Philanthropy: Having Less, Giving More

African American Philanthropy: Having Less, Giving More

Jade EckelsPhilanthropy, with its considerable flexibility and power to make change, can only be truly revolutionary and impactful once it makes room at the table for Black donors. Furthermore, the philanthropic community needs to recognize the outsized generosity of Black donors who’ve long earned the privilege of setting the table and the terms for grantmaking.
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Congratulations to the 2017 Social Justice & Philanthropy Grantees!

Congratulations to the 2017 Social Justice & Philanthropy Grantees!

Saheli, Citizens for Juvenile Justice, and Friends of the Children Boston were awarded grants of $5000 each by the 2017 undergraduate Social Justice & Philanthropy class.
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Thank you for attending the Northeast Youth Philanthropy Gathering!

Thank you for attending the Northeast Youth Philanthropy Gathering!

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2017 Northeast Youth Philanthropy Gathering! This one day event, for youth philanthropists ages 12-21 and the adults who support them, was held on October 22 at Tufts University. Some key takeaways from this year's event are that networking, collaboration, and increased learning on social and racial justice and philanthropy are more important than ever. To see photos from the event click here!

Democratic Youth Philanthropy: The power of youth voice at the decision-making table

Democratic Youth Philanthropy: The power of youth voice at the decision-making table

Democratic youth philanthropy programs are inclusive and equitable. A democratic youth philanthropy program intentionally ensures that young people from all racial, socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds and from a diversity of communities are able to participate, feel welcome and can thrive in the program.

 
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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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