Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative

What We Do

The Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative (EPLI) at Stanford PACS conducts research, develops resources, and teaches to help donors become more effective, strategic philanthropists. We are an interdisciplinary team working at the intersection of philanthropy, the behavioral sciences, and design thinking to accelerate learning for donors and others in the donor-support ecosystem. 

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Why Effective Philanthropy?

Hundreds of billions of dollars are dedicated to philanthropy each year, but is it making the greatest impact? EPLI seeks to understand the challenges which high-capacity donors face in giving effectively and designs resources and educational programs to encourage more intentional, outcome-focused giving. 

Research

Introduction to:
Effective Philanthropy

We believe that there are five core principles to Effective Philanthropy:

  1. Focused
  2. Thoughtful
  3. Long-term
  4. Beginner’s Mindset
  5. Trusting

Featured Philanthropy Resources

 

The Guide to Effective Philanthropy

A practical guide for donors that covers all aspects of being a philanthropist and how the nonprofit sector works (Digital version available now, print version available for purchase). 

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The Philanthropy Toolkit

A step-by-step resource designed to help donors, their families, and their advisors explore and implement an effective, inspired philanthropic plan (Digital version available now, print version available for purchase).

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The Philanthropist Resource Directory(PRD)

Explore the donor support ecosystem. Find additional organizations and services to assist you on your philanthropic journey. 

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Education for
Philanthropy Professionals

EPLI has developed a virtual, executive-style learning program delivered through six half-day sessions over three weeks. The program is for philanthropic professionals in a leading role within a family foundation or family office, who are in a unique position to guide their principal and execute on their vision for changing the world. Apply now!

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Education & Engagement Opportunities

EPLI offers in-person trainings, workshops,
and educational opportunities for donors and other philanthropy
professionals. Read more about our past events facilitating strategic
philanthropy practices, and how you might start
your your learning journey.

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Current Events

 
Sep20

Advisors in Philanthropy Annual Conference Speaking Engagements

September 20 - 21st, 2021 - Join Advisors in Philanthropy “as we elevate the philanthropic conversation and create...

Sep28

National Center for Family Philanthropy, Trustee Education Institute Speaking Engagement

September 28 - 30th, 2021 - NCFP’s Trustee Education Institute provides a comprehensive overview of the...

Sep29

Effective Philanthropy for Advisors

September 29 - 30th, 2021 - 9:00 am to 11:30 am - This interactive workshop is designed for advisors who would like...

Oct14

Education for Philanthropy Professionals

October 14 - 29th, 2021 - 9:00 am to 2:00 pm PST - Stanford PACS’ Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative (EPLI) is excited to...

Nov15

Effective Philanthropy for Advisors

November 15 - 16th, 2021 - 9:00 am to 11:30 am - This interactive workshop is designed for advisors who would like...

The Latest from EPLI 

   
news

Call for High-Earning Individuals to Participate in Research

A team of researchers at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy...

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event

[Webinar] Findings on Giving Vehicle Use Among Bay Area Donors

Presentation Slides: Full report here [Past] Event Info Join the...

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Donor Advised Funds Webinar – Most Frequently Asked Questions

By Paul Brest and Erinn Andrews, Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative,...

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[Webinar] Donor Advised Funds and Their Critics

 Presentation Slides: [Past] Event info: Do donor advised funds...

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publication

Bay Area Millennial Giving: Current Trends, Challenges, & Opportunities (May 2020)

This report examines how millennial donors, specifically those with significant...

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