Stanford PACS Education for Philanthropy Professionals

About the Program

The Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative (EPLI) at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS) offers an executive-style learning program for  philanthropy professionals. The program is taught by experienced Stanford faculty and staff and includes several notable guest speakers with expertise in philanthropic scholarship and practice. Cohort sizes are limited to ensure in-depth, hands-on learning and opportunities to network with peers.  

Who Should Attend

Senior executives at small-to-mid-sized family foundations or individuals managing charitable giving within a family office 

Philanthropy advisors or consultants who have taken on central roles supporting one or more individual philanthropists 

Family members playing a substantial role in directing their family’s philanthropy through a charitable vehicle such as a foundation or donor advised fund  


Virtual sessions from 9am to 2pm PST | 6 sessions across three weeks 
Capacity capped at 24 participants 


Day 1 & 2 April 13-14, 9:00am-2:00pm 

Day 3 & 4 April 20-21, 9:00am-2:00pm 

Day 5 & 6 April 27-28, 9:00am-2:00pm 

(Pacific Time/West Coast USA) 



Certificate of Completion


Prospective participants should complete the application found here which will ask them to respond to open-ended questions, and confirm their availability and commitment to the program. 



Includes tuition and materials. 


March 31st, 2023 


Questions? Contact: 
Tel: 540 471 0581

What The Course Will Cover

philanthropy, as well as discussions of methods for applying them to your own practice. It will address topics such as: 

– The social and historical context of philanthropy 

– How to help align philanthropic values and focus areas for giving 

– Understanding social problems, their causes, and strategies for solutions 

– Best practices for structuring gifts to organizations and relationships with grantees 

– How to monitor and evaluate nonprofit progress 

– New developments regarding select philanthropic causes 

Further details about the program will be published here. 

Confirmed Speakers

Carmen Rojas President and CEO of the Marguerite Casey Foundation, former CEO of the Workers Lab

Paul Brest– Professor, Stanford Law School, former president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and co-author of “Money Well Spent: A Strategic Guide to Smart Philanthropy”

Emma Saunders-HastingsProfessor, The Ohio State University and author of “Private Virtues, Public Vices: Governing Philanthropy”

Rob Reich Professor, Stanford University and author of “Just Giving: Why Philanthropy is Failing Democracy and How It Can Do Better

Nick TedescoPresident, National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP)

Robert K. RossPresident and Chief Executive Officer for The California Endowment

Lukas Haynes Principal Donor Advisor, Leveraged Philanthropy, former CEO of the David Rockefeller Fund

Pia InfanteSenior Fellow, Trust Based Philanthropy Project

Debra SchwartzManaging Director of the MacArthur Foundation’s Impact Investing

Benjamin BellegyExecutive Director of  WINGS

Katherine Lorenz President of the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation and leader of the NextGen Giving Pledge

Hal Harvey CEO at Energy Innovation: Policy and Technology LLC and co-author of “Money Well Spent: A Strategic Guide to Smart Philanthropy”

Heather Templeton DillPresident, John Templeton Foundation

Rick PeckVice President, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation (NHCF); Vice President, Advisors in Philanthropy (AIP)

Policies and Procedures (FAQ)

Application and Eligibility: 

The application form is designed to assure a fit between participants and program offerings, with priority given to professionals who best meet the program’s criteria for who should attend (see section above). Accepted applicants will receive notification by April 7th.  

Be sure to observe time zone differences when considering your availability to fully participate in all sessions of the program.   

Acceptance and Registration: 

Once accepted, you will be asked to register for the course and be provided further information regarding program fees.  

Program Fees 

The program fees include tuition, course materials, and access to additional tools and resources.  

If your background is highly relevant but the cost of participation poses a significant barrier, we would like to hear from you

Please note that program specifics, particularly regarding faculty and session topics, are subject to change.    

Payment Procedure 

Upon acceptance, payment details including an invoice and online payment link will be sent by email. Full payment of the invoice will confirm your enrollment and secure your reservation. Payment will be accepted by bank wire transfer, or credit card (American Express, MasterCard, Visa, and Discover).  

Certificate of completion: 

At the end of the program, participants will receive a certificate of completion. The program does not offer an accredited degree from Stanford University, and at this time, does not qualify for continuing education credits.  

Cancellation Policy: 

We anticipate circumstances and availability issues arise unexpectedly for prospective participants.    

If you wish to cancel and receive a full refund, you must submit your request in writing at least 20 days prior to the program start date. If you submit your request within 19 days of the program start date, you are not eligible to receive a refund. Cancellation requests are valid only upon Stanford PACS confirming receipt of your request.  

Should you have any further questions, please email