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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. 

 
 
Our Research & Publications

 

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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The Latest from EPLI 

   
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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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A Message from Kim Meredith

Dear Friends and Colleagues, I hope you are safe and...

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