This amazing event for youth philanthropists ages 12-21 and the adults who support them from across the Northeast, was held at Brandeis University, just west of Boston in Waltham, MA. Youth philanthropists were able to share their practices in giving and grantmaking, learn together with sessions built for youth and adults, and have fun! 200 attendess from 20 different organizations attended this event.

Check out the amazing schedule that was planned for this event with presenters of all ages from across the region and the nation! Questions? Email Katherine@youthphilanthropyconnect.org

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Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy

Brandeis University
Waltham, MA

The Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy, established in 2008 by a generous gift from Robert Sillerman '69. The center builds upon the expertise of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. The Center develops and diffuses knowledge by:

  • Supporting Heller graduate students through fellowships, dissertation awards, and summer internships to ensure the field is preparing knowledgeable leaders
  • Teaching Practicing Philanthropy, a graduate course to educate students in the complexities of being a grantmaker, and Social Justice and Philanthropy, an undergraduate course.
  • Sponsoring original research on social justice philanthropy and philanthropy that seeks to address important policy issues
  • Developing events and offering workshops to promote a high level of discourse in the field
  • Designing curricula to educate students and practitioners
  • Sponsoring competitions to stimulate innovation and creative thinking in philanthropy
  • Maintaining a network of strategic partnerships


The Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy assists foundations and individual philanthropists to:

  • Explore and engage in policy solutions to social issues
  • Understand and use research and evidence to make informed grantmaking decisions
  • Develop grantmaking programs that address inequities in society
  • Identify best practices and models based on evidence
  • Examine the policy climate around specific issues