The Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy

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The Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy brings experts in the field of philanthropy to Brandeis University to enhance the collective knowledge of the faculty, staff and students of the University. The Sillerman Center convenes groups around issues in philanthropy.  These forums or roundtables allow people in the field to share ideas and experiences with each other.

On November 20, 2016, Sillerman was honored to host over 200 youth philanthropists and their adult supporters for the 2016 Northeast Youth Philanthropy Gathering, in collaboration with Youth Philanthropy Connect. The goal of the day was to have fun, make new friends, and learn about empathy, other ways to practice philanthropy, think about social justice philanthropy, and come together as a community.

For photos from the event, please visit Youth Philanthropy Connect's Facebook. 

On October 20, 2016, The Sillerman Center, in partnership with the Maine Health Access Foundation, The NH-based Endowment for Health, GCIR, Maine Community Foundation, and Elmina B. Sewall Foundation, sponsored Community-Engaged Grantmaking: Putting Immigrant Integration into practice. The event provided the opportunity for Northern New England Funders and Philanthropic Advisors to hear from and interact with local community leaders with the goal of informing grantmaking strategies for maximum integration. Case studies and national scale best practices were discussed to further understanding on the topic. This event was designed as a follow-up to the Funder’s Briefing on June 3rd, 2016. The meeting is part of the Sillerman Center’s ongoing project, Immigrant Integration in Northern New England.

On October 6, 2016 The Sillerman Center hosted "Holding Ground: The Rebirth of Dudley Street," a film screening and panel discussion. The film and panel focused on community-engaged neighborhood development and community-informed philanthropy. The panel was moderatred by Angela Vo (IASP) and panelists included Jose Barros of DSNI, Harry Smith of DSNI, and Maria Mulkeen of the Hyams Foundation.

On July 7, 2016 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.

Click HERE to see photos from the conference!


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