You care passionately about an issue and want to create real change.
You want to maximise the social impact of your philanthropic giving. But how?
What are the best techniques and models?
What is the latest thinking from around the globe?
How can you connect with others facing the same challenges and learn from their experience?
It was to address these questions that The Philanthropy Workshop, or TPW, was founded. Established by the Rockefeller Foundation in 1995, and now a project of the Institute for Philanthropy, it is the first and the best port of call for individuals who have just sold a company, launched their own giving programme or have inherited a leadership role in their family's trust.
Typically, participants in The Philanthropy Workshop are entrepreneurs and inheritors who are increasingly dedicating their time and capital to Philanthropy. The Philanthropy Workshop accepts applications from philanthropists of all ages and with all levels of experience. It has been of most value to individuals with the will and creativity to be philanthropic innovators and leaders.
The network of The Philanthropy Workshop is global with participants from North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America.
Given the scope of the programme's objectives, participants are expected to make a serious commitment to The Philanthropy Workshop and their cohort. Its very nature demands that participants stretch themselves, whether they are involved in discussions with people from different cultures, or collaborating with other group members.
Indeed, The Philanthropy Workshop is designed for people who believe that there is virtue not simply in giving money away, but in the pursuit of giving it away well.
Strategic philanthropy is a rigorous discipline, requiring an excellent grounding in both theory and practice. Based on decades of experience, TPW guides you through every step of strategy formulation, from defining the problem that you want to tackle all the way to evaluating the impact of your grants and/or investments. In a cohort of up to 14 participants you will attend three one-week modules over the course of a year, the first in Europe, the second in a developing or emerging market country and the third in the United States. Within a confidential forum of fellow philanthropists, you will acquire the knowledge and skills you need to achieve impact in your giving and social investing through case studies, site visits, peer discussions and skills-building sessions, meeting with leading social innovators and visiting organisations crafting solutions to local and global issues.
The cost of the programme is US$30,000, £18,750, or the equivalent in local currency. Participants are also responsible for their personal expenses, including airfare, hotel accommodation and certain meals. Tuition for the programme is non-refundable.
In my philanthropy, I used to be a day trader. Now, I’m a value investor.
Through The Philanthropy Workshop I was able to move from charitable giving to strategic philanthropy. I shifted my thinking beyond a project mentality to changing attitudes and building coalitions and partnerships.
Read more from Fran Perrin,
founder and director of the Indigo Trust