The Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University

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Past Events

2016

Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) Summit
December 5-8, 2016
Carlsbad, California

The Sillerman Center provided consultation, facilitation and panel presentations at this important event organized and sponsored by the WK Kellogg Foundation. This event was preceded by a year-long process of design, in which the Sillerman Center and many others were deeply engaged. In June, 2017, the Kellogg Foundation announced $24 million in grants to 14 organizations working to heal the effects of racism in communities across the U.S. TRHT is a comprehensive, national and community-based process to plan for and bring about transformational and sustainable change, and to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism. It builds upon the foundation’s decades-long commitment to advancing racial healing and racial equity throughout the U. S.

Holding Ground: The Rebirth of Dudley Street - A film screening and panel discussion

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 moderated by Angela Vo (IASP) and panelists included Jose Barros of DSNI, Harry Smith of DSNI, and Maria Mulkeen of the Hyams Foundation.

Presentation: "Striking at the Root: Social Justice Philanthropy for the 21st Century" given at the Youth Philanthropy Connect International Conference

On July 7, 2016, The Sillerman Center staff offered the presentation and workshop, "Striking at the Root: Social Justice Philanthropy for the 21st Century" 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!

Strategies for a Changing Northern New England: A Funders Briefing

On June 3, 2016, 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 Funders 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.

Book Talk: "The Prize: Who's in Charge of America's Schools?"

May 2, 2016, The Sillerman Center hosted a book talk on “The Prize: Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools?” by Dale Russakoff. The event included a conversation and book signing with longtime Washington Post reporter, Dale Russakoff, author of the critically acclaimed bestseller, The Prize: Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools? (2015). 

Investment and Spending Policies Seminar

On April 4, 2016, board members, program officers and executives from a wide variety of foundations in New England attended our spring Sillerman Seminar, "Investment and Spending Policies" with Rob Brown, head of research at Just Capital. The seminar introduced professionals with vast experience in the program side of grant making to the capital markets and offered a variety of approaches for assuring that investments reflect the values and mission of particular philanthropic organizations. Thank you to Associated Grant Makers, our partners in this event.

The Business Case for Social Impact

On February 4, 2016, The Sillerman Center was extremely proud to co-sponsor an event coordinated by Gabby Zilkha, a current Brandeis senior. The Business Case for Social Impact took place during DEIS' Impact week. The goal of this event was to challenge the old notion that businesses are solely about making money. This panel brought together people who demonstrate the for-profit sector's power to solve social problems, to make the economy fairer and more equitable and to engender progressive cultural change. Each of our high-profile panelists shared stories about following their passions in the private sector and making positive impact that extends far beyond personal profits. 

Panelists included:
Nurys Camargo, Regional Director of External Affairs at AT&T and Founder of the Chica Project
Paul Francisco, Managing Director and Head of the Diversity Consulting and Sourcing Office & Head of Workforce Development Programs at State Street Corporation
Lynne Katzmann, Founder and President at Juniper Communities

Sponsored by: Brandeis University Business Program Undergraduate Representatives & Social Justice, Social Policy Undergraduate Representatives, The Eli J. Segal Citizen Leadership Program, Hiatt Career Center, The Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy

The Justice article can be found here.

2015

Massachusetts Youth Philanthropy Summit

On November 22, The Sillerman Center was honored to host dozens of youth philanthropists for a Summit on giving and social action. Youth and adults from New England gathered at the Heller School to talk about their philanthropy models, explore the causes they care most about and to learn about strategies for assessing community needs and creating a better society through giving. 

Some of the conference goers come to philanthropy via clubs at their high schools or as part of community-based organizations. Other teens who attended the conference are members of the newest generation of givers through their family's foundations. The Youth Philanthropy Summit was organized by the Sillerman Center in collaboration with Youth Philanthropy Connect and other local community foundations. The 2015 event program can be found here.

Click here for photos from the event. (Photos Credit of Heratch Photography)

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