The Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative

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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 (coming in May). 

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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

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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 & 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 


[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

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Charting Impact Choice Experiment

Several Web services that provide donors with information about nonprofits...

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