Stanford PACS Education for Philanthropy Professionals

We plan on holding two EPP programs in 2023,

one in-person and one virtual.

Please check back soon for updates


As a philanthropic professional in a leading role within a family foundation or family office, you are in a unique position to guide your principal and execute on their vision for changing the world. In order to be successful, you must understand the principles and practices of effective philanthropy; navigate the principal’s ideas, budget, and priorities; be familiar with trends and best-practices in the field; and continue your own career growth through professional development and networking opportunities.


Please check back soon for updates on our next program.



In-Person on the Stanford Campus | 4 full-day sessions
Capacity capped at 24 participants






Certificate of Completion


Prospective participants will be asked to complete a form application, respond to open-ended questions, and confirm their availability and commitment to the program.



Includes Tuition, Materials, and Meals.  Travel and lodging are not included




Questions? Contact:
Tel: 650 498 7646


The Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative (EPLI) at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS) has developed an executive-style learning program for philanthropy professionals. Cohort sizes will be limited to ensure in-depth, hands-on learning and opportunities to network with peers. The program will be taught by experienced EPLI faculty and staff and will include discussions with several guest speakers and Stanford professors on a variety of specialized topics.



2023 Program details coming soon.



The program will include a review of the foundational principles and practices of effective philanthropy, as well as discussions of methods for applying them to your own practice. In particular, it will address:

  • How to help align principal’s values and focus areas
  • Understanding social problems, their causes, and strategies for solutions
  • How nonprofits solve problems and how to develop your own theory of change
  • How to monitor and evaluate nonprofit progress
  • Best practices for structuring gifts to organizations
  • How to develop relationships with grantees

The program will also cover a number of additional topics such as:

  • A historical look at philanthropy from a traditional lens and through a look at African American philanthropy in America
  • Contemporary trends in philanthropy
  • Principles, policies, and practices of family foundation governance (delivered in partnership with the National Center for Family Philanthropy)
  • Socially-motivated investing
  • The relationship between philanthropy and democracy
  • Participatory philanthropy
  • Approaches to social justice work in the nonprofit sector
  • How to engage in advocacy work from a grassroots perspective



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



In August 2021, Stanford PACS’ Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative and the National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP) launched a strategic, valued-aligned partnership to support the Education for Philanthropy Professionals (EPP) program. Through this partnership, NCFP leadership will contribute to teaching in the EPP program and EPP alumni will be invited to join the NCFP community for one year at no-cost to access continued education, networking opportunities, and more. Read more about the partnership here. 



Policies and Procedures (FAQ)

Application and Eligibility: 

We will review applications on a rolling basis rather than based on the deadline.  Unless candidates do not meet minimum requirements, acceptances will be issued on a first-come-first-served basis until we reach capacity. Note: acceptance is not guaranteed, and where possible, priority will be given to professionals who best meet the program’s criteria.  

Be sure to observe time zone differences when considering your availability (for virtual programming).  


Acceptance and Registration: 

Acceptance does not automatically register you for the program. Selected candidates will be required to complete course registration while given instructions for paying program fees.  


Program Fees 

Your philanthropy education program fee includes tuition, course materials, and access to additional tools and resources. 

For in-person, this also includes meals. Hotels and travel accommodations are not covered.   

Fees are subject to change, as are programs, dates, and faculty. 

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


Payment Procedure 

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

NOTE: Please observe any payment deadlines, as your reservation is not secure until payment is processed. Past the deadline, we may pass available slots onto waitlisted candidates.  


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 our participating professionals.   

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