Sharing Our Learnings


As an academic initiative based at Stanford PACS, EPLI is uniquely situated to leverage its convening power to shape a community of practice focused on increasing outcome-focused philanthropy—a “network of networks” for philanthropic giving composed of donors, donor education groups, nonprofits, and other key stakeholders. EPLI offers a space to share research and best practices through in-person workshops, online courses, and published materials.


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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Custom Education & Engagement Opportunities

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

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Online Course: Developing a Strategy for Social Change

In this module, you will learn how to develop and implement a strategy for social change. Our goal is to help philanthropy practitioners, social entrepreneurs, and policymakers transform their great ideas into impact and improve lives around the world.

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Video: Program Strategy and Evaluation (2019) 

Short-course lecture by Paul Brest and Erinn Andrews on non-profit strategy and evaluation. 




  • 2019

    Stanford PACS Convening: Improving Philanthropic Support in Wealth Advising
    July 2019
    Partners: Raikes Foundation, Gates Foundation

    First Principles Forum Workshop
    July 2019
    Partners: Bloomberg BETA, Schmidt Futures

    CGPI Study Tour: Workshop on Philanthropic Strategy
    July 2019
    Partner: China Global Philanthropy Institute (CGPI) 

    Strategy and Evaluation Workshops for Perpetual Partners & Affiliates
    August 2019
    Partner: Perpetual (Australia)

    Effective Philanthropic Strategy Workshop
    August 2019
    Partners: Asia Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN), Asia Philanthropy Circle (Singapore)

    Strategy and Evaluation Workshop – NextGen Professionals
    August 2019
    Partner: Pricewaterhouse Coopers

    Stanford PACS Philanthropy Innovation Summit Salons – 1) Guide to Effective Philanthropy Feedback Workshop; 2) Panel on Donor Support Organizations
    September 2019

    Workshop on Monitoring and Evaluation 
    September 2019
    Partner: Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund

  • 2018

    KORE Workshop exercises
    January 2018
    Partner: Kore

    Give List Workshop
    May 2018
    Partners: Gates Foundation, ideas42 and Intentional Futures

    Took-kit Testing Session Association of Advisors in Philanthropy (AIP)
    May 2018 / Nashville
    Partner: AIP

    Destination Impact – Donor Track facilitation
    July 2018
    Partner: Raikes Foundation

    Perpetual Workshop for Philanthropy Unit and Wealth Advisors
    July 2018
    Partner: Perpetual (Australia)

  • 2017


    Grand Valley State Johnson Center for Philanthropy Session
    February 2017 / New York City
    Partners: Grand Valley State and Raikes Foundation

    Session with USC Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy
    March 2017 / Los Angeles
    Partners: USC, JP Morgan and Raikes Foundation

    “Design your Philanthropy” Session
    May 2017 / Los Angeles
    Partner: Milken Institute

    Stanford PACS Philanthropy Innovation Summit Salon
    September 2017

    Stanford PACS Philanthropy Innovation Summit – Next Gen convening
    September 2017

  • 2016

    Design Thinking and Philanthropic Impact Workshop
    March 20, 2016 / San Francisco, CA
    Partner:  The Philanthropy Workshop (TPW)

    Strategic Philanthropy Workshop
    April 2016
    Partner: Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund

    Design Thinking for Inclusivity
    Stanford Social Innovation Review Conference on Design Thinking and Strategy
    May 5, 2016 / Stanford University
    Partner:  Stanford Social Innovation Review

    Workshop with Wealth Managers, Estate Planners and Accountants
    June 2, 2016 / Seattle WA
    Partner:  Seattle Philanthropy Advisory Network (SPAN)

    Strategic Philanthropy Workshop
    August 2016
    Partners: Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund, JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley

    Presentation to Network of Funders
    August 8, 2016 / Seattle, WA
    Partner:  Raikes Foundation

    Design Your Philanthropy Workshop
    August 2016 / Stanford University
    Partner:  Stanford Next Generation Giving

    Using Design Thinking to Improve Your Personal Philanthropy
    Workshop on Philanthropic Impact
    October 21, 2016 / Los Angeles, CA
    Partner:  Social Venture Partners

  • 2015

    Case study share-out at the Hewlett Foundation
    September 11, 2015

    Workshop with Stanford alumni on Millennial archetypes
    September 2015 / Chicago, IL
    Partner:  Stanford Next Generation Giving

    Nexus on Design Thinking and Strategic Philanthropy
    September 30, 2015 / Stanford PACS Philanthropy Innovation Summit

    Stanford Social Innovation Review webinar:  Design Thinking for Social Change
    November 21, 2015

    Problem Solving Philanthropy Workshop
    April 18-19, 2015 / Stanford University
    Partner:  Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund


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Introducing: The Stanford PACS Guide to Effective Philanthropy

EPLI is pleased to announce the release of its signature new resource to guide emerging, high-capacity philanthropists through their funding journey. 


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Introducing: The Stanford PACS Philanthropy Toolkit

The toolkit contains worksheets, an interactive discussion card deck, and the EPLI Philanthropy Planner which donors can fill out and use on their own or share with their family and advisors. Whether you are new to philanthropy or more experienced, whether you are a donor or an advisor—we’ve designed this toolkit to help you focus, reflect, and engage in meaningful conversations and action.


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