The Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University

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The Sillerman Center designs, coordinates and hosts a variety of events, both here at the Heller School and beyond. Our events range from lectures and panel discussions that feature practitioners of social justice philanthropy to convenings of social justice practitioners and philanthropists to smaller briefings where grantmakers learn from subject-matter experts, from community-based leaders and from each other. We also co-sponsor and collaborate on events organized and hosted by nonprofit organizations and grantmakers across the country. If you are seeking co-sponsorship for a philanthropy-related event, please write to Stacey King, Sillerman Center Program Coordinator.

Fun and Frustration of Nonprofit Work with Vu Le

On April 9, 2019, The Sillerman Center hosted non-profit leader, social justice trainer, social critic and writer, Vu Le, who delivers pointed, courageous observations of the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors -- with a sense of humor. In his talk at Heller, Vu explored tensions between the two sectors and offered insights about how funders and nonprofits can build respectful, powerful relationships in service of social justice. Vu's talk was followed by a discussion facilitated by Alex McCray, Senior Director of Programs at Philanthropy Massachusetts.

Additional information Vu Le's nonprofit Rainier Valley Corps, his blog NonprofitAF, and his recent book Unicorns Unite.

Decolonizing Wealth with Edgar Villanueva

On November 12, 2018, The Sillerman Center, in partnership with The Institute on Assets and Social Policy and Office of the Associate Dean for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity, hosted a book talk on Edgar Villanueva's groundbreaking book, "Decolonizing Wealth." The talk was followed by a panel discussion and open conversation with Heller School students, staff, and faculty. 

More information on Edgar Villanueva and Decolonizing Wealth.



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