The Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy

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The Sillerman Center draws upon scholarship and practitioner experience to inform philanthropy that moves social justice work forward. We engage emerging and established members of the philanthropic community via publications and programming and through coursework and fellowships that provide real-world experience in social justice grantmaking.

The Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy was established in 2008 by a generous gift from Laura and Robert Sillerman. The Center draws upon the deep and diverse expertise of faculty and researchers at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. 

The Sillerman Center:

  • Publishes and disseminates useable knowledge publications that provide guidance for grantmakers who want to make high-impact investments in a variety of sectors
  • Designs and delivers engaging seminars, webinars and other programming to inform social justice grantmaking and grantmaking strategies
  • Supports Heller graduate students through fellowships and dissertation awards to ensure the field is preparing knowledgeable and socially conscious philanthropic leaders
  • Teaches Practicing Philanthropy, a graduate course at the Heller School to educate students in the complexities of being a grantmaker, and Social Justice and Philanthropy, an undergraduate course at Brandeis University
  • Sponsors research on social justice philanthropy
  • Sponsors competitions to stimulate innovation and creative thinking in social justice philanthropy
  • Develops and maintains strategic partnerships to maximize impact, support our peers and amplify the voice and advance the interests of social justice philanthropists 


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