Sillerman Center

Past Events


University Based Philanthropy Centers Gathering

The Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice
320 East 43rd Street, New York City

On August 16, 2019, we partnered with United Philanthropy Forum to host a gathering of 15 university-based philanthropy serving organizations from across the United States. We learned about each other’s ongoing and future work and identified areas for collaboration as we explored the most pressing challenges facing philanthropy today. 

Fun and Frustration of Nonprofit Work with Vu Le

On April 9, 2019, the Sillerman Center hosted nonprofit leader, social justice trainer, social critic and writer, Vu Le, who delivers pointed, courageous observations of the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors — with a sense of humor. In his talk at Heller, Vu explored tensions between the two sectors and offered insights about how funders and nonprofits can build respectful, powerful relationships in service of social justice. Vu's talk was followed by a discussion facilitated by Alex McCray, Senior Director of Programs at Philanthropy Massachusetts.

Additional information on Vu Le's nonprofit Rainier Valley Corps, his blog NonprofitAF, and his recent book Unicorns Unite.


  • Decolonizing Wealth with Edgar Villanueva: A book talk on Edgar Villanueva's groundbreaking book, "Decolonizing Wealth."
  • Bridging Vermont's Opportunity Gap: An Immigrant Integration Learning Session for Funders and Community Leaders
  • Wilhemina's War: A Film Screening and Panel Discussion


  • 2017 Northeast Youth Philanthropy Gathering
  • A Struggle We Must Win: Advancing School Integration Through Activism, Youth Voice, and Policy Reform
  • K-12 School Integration. Building a Future-Facing Vision, Strategy and System of Support


  • Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) Summit
  • 2016 Northeast Youth Philanthropy Gathering
  • Community-Engaged Grantmaking: Putting Immigrant Integration into Practice
  • Holding Ground: The Rebirth of Dudley Street - A film screening and panel discussion
  • Presentation: "Striking at the Root: Social Justice Philanthropy for the 21st Century" given at the Youth Philanthropy Connect International Conference
  • Strategies for a Changing Northern New England: A Funders Briefing
  • Book Talk: "The Prize: Who's in Charge of America's Schools?"
  • Investment and Spending Policies Seminar
  • The Business Case for Social Impact


  • Massachusetts Youth Philanthropy Summit