The Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy
The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University
On July 7, The Sillerman Center staff offered the presentation and workshop, "Striking at the Root: Social Justice Philanthropy" at Youth Philanthropy Connect's (YPC) International Conference held in Anaheim, California. Our presentation enabled grantmakers of all ages to explore the underlying theories and on-the- ground work of social justice philanthropy in the United States. Attendees also simulated the practice of social justice philanthropy by responding to community challenges presented in case studies. We were honored to be a part of the YPC Conference, which brought together young philanthropists to connect with and learn from each other and to explore new innovations in the field of grantmaking.
By providing the opportunity to plan, problem solve and create a finished product, the arts help students with 21st century skills, positively affecting a student’s success in school and beyond. Studies find that low-income students who engage with the arts earn higher GPA’s and higher rates of college acceptance and graduation than otherwise similar peers.
On June 3, The Sillerman Center, in partnership, with the NH-based Endowment for Health and the national organization, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) sponsored Strategies for a Changing Northern New England: A Funder's Briefing. The event brought together funders and community and non-profit leaders in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine to learn about demographic trends and explore opportunities and challenges related to growing cultural diversity. This meeting is part of the Sillerman Center's ongoing project, Immigrant Integration in Northern New England.
On May 13, Sillerman Center Director Susan Eaton gave a presentation on funding opportunities in immigrant integration at the annual meeting of the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy. The presentation explored integration efforts in Utah, Mississippi, North Carolina and Boston and also focused on the demographic changes in Connecticut over the the past 20 years.
Erin, a 2015 Sillerman Fellow and Derek, a research assistant at Sillerman, were awarded MPP degrees in May 2016. Erin was recently awarded the Best Capstone Award from the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (MAASPA) for her capstone, "When the Last Resort Comes First: Exploring the Overuse of Exclusionary Discipline in Georgia Schools." Derek's capstone presentation was titled, "Non Standard Student Success: The Massachusetts Pipeline to Prosperity." Derek recently accepted a position as a policy analyst at the Council of State Governments in New York City this month. Erin and Derek, it has been a privilege and pleasure to work with you at the Sillerman Center. We will miss you!