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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 

Margaret McKenna appointed chair of the Commonwealth's Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

Massachusetts Former Gov. Deval Patrick appointed Margaret McKenna as the new chair of the Commonwealth’s Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The 2015 Generous U Application Is Now Available!

Generous U is a national contest to increase awareness and involvement of students on college campuses about the importance and impact of philanthropy and philanthropic values. Eligible student groups are invited to compete for the $10,000 Sillerman Prize and the Generous U title. All application materials are due on Friday, March 13, 2015.

Sillerman Center Internship Program Now Accepting Applications

Heller MPP, MBA, and PhD candidates are invited to apply for the Sillerman Center internship program. Sillerman provides stipends for summer internships at a philanthropy, foundation, philanthropic advisory group or think tank.

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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