• We create accessible publications that guide funding in social justice areas and explore just, socially responsible philanthropic practice.
  • We design and host free educational programming, webinars, strategy sessions and other gatherings for funders, their advisors and nonprofit leaders.
  • We teach courses, fund fellowships, mentor students and host guest speakers for the Heller-Brandeis community.
  • We collaborate with numerous community-based groups, university-based philanthropy centers, social justice funders and national networks to build strategy, co-sponsor events and long-term projects and to support and learn from each other’s work.

In memoriam
Robert F.X. Sillerman '69Robert F.X. Sillerman

1948-2019

We are greatly saddened by the death of Robert F.X. Sillerman. Mr. Sillerman died of a respiratory illness on November 24th. He was 71 years old. With his wife Laura, Mr. Sillerman founded the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy in 2008.
 
Most people beyond Brandeis University and the Heller School knew Bob as a highly successful media entrepreneur who built several media empires and reshaped the contemporary concert industry. On our campus and at the Sillerman Center, Mr. Sillerman was known mostly as an unflaggingly generous and loyal alum. It was as an undergraduate at Brandeis that Mr. Sillerman launched one of his first businesses, Youth Market Consultants, in 1966. The business offered fellow students discount magazine subscriptions and advised marketers how to reach youth and young adults. A famously gregarious and irreverent nonconformist, Mr. Sillerman was known, too, for his outsized generosity with friends and family and devotion to his wife Laura, who oversaw the family's extensive philanthropy. Over decades, the Sillermans have supported a wide variety of educational, cultural, medical and ecological causes. 
 
Mr. Sillerman is survived by his wife Laura and a brother, Michael, who are both in our thoughts at this difficult time. 
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Projects

Our long-term ongoing projects provide learning opportunities for grantmakers and foster community building among funders, scholars and community leaders.
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Publications

Our publications explore contemporary issues in philanthropy, provide guidance and resources to socially concerned grantmakers and illuminate equitable, democratic philanthropic practice.
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Fellowships

Each year, we select up to three eligible Heller students and help to place them in paid philanthropy-related summer internships.