TPW Member Network

Membership in The Philanthropy Workshop is designed for people who believe there is virtue not simply in giving money away, but in the pursuit of giving it away well. 

Our global network of more than 350 members' stories are powerful, life-changing narratives that show how their philanthropy moves public policies, empowers other individuals, organizations, and communities to affect change, and creates lasting impact in their communities and around the world.

Here is a sampling of our membership.

Al Pace

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Location: Toronto

Member Since: 2008

Q: What do you like best about TPW?

A: TPW has really helped me to do a better job in practicing my philanthropy. The Philanthropy Workshop showed me the basics and being a member of the TPW Global Member Network continuously reminds me to improve my methods, think strategically, lever my investments—all those things we learned. 

Q: How has the TPW Global Member Network benefited your philanthropy?

A: I’m grateful to be a part of TPW. I have had and continue to have the great pleasure of working with other alumni and members of my cohort in projects. I believe that together we have made a real difference—if only a small one—in the world. Together with other alum, we have built hospitals and health centers in Rwanda and Kenya, started funding programs in New York, and dug wells and created other water projects in Kenya and Uganda. How else could a small town boy from northern Canada have been able to get these kinds of things done in a very short time but with the help of others. 

Cristina Ljungberg

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Location: Stockholm

Member Since: 2012

Q: What was your experience with the TPW cohort program?

A: As a budding philanthropist, I not only needed the best resources and tools, but also the space to develop my thinking and strategy for pushing our foundation forward. Taking a year, with a small group of individuals in similar situations, enabled me to get focused on the work.

Q: How has the TPW Global Member Network benefited your philanthropy? 

A: There is no substitute for having access to an experienced network of individuals who are actively engaging in their philanthropy.  

Darian Swig

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Location: San Francisco

Member Since: 2006

Q: What inspires you about practicing philanthropy?

A:  The TPW experience has had a profound impact on my human rights philanthropy. As an individual grantmaker, I’m inspired by my colleagues, the courage of front line activists, and the rich learning process of leveraging limited resources in a complex field. My philanthropy is largely focused on long-term, systematic impact issues such as international justice and the Responsibility to Protect. 

Q: How has the TPW Global Member Network benefited your philanthropy?

A: To embark on a lifelong journey with an extraordinary network of peers, while honing a strategic philanthropic approach with rigor and passion, has been truly life-changing. TPW’s unique network provides invaluable peer-to-peer support, leads to innovative collaborative funding opportunities, and acts as a private and discrete sounding board for TPW members; all of which have been major assets in my philanthropic endeavors. 

Diana Barrett

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Location: London

Member Since: 1997

Q: What do you like best about TPW?

A: The ability to meet members from all over the country and to potentially work with them.

Q: What inspires you about practicing philanthropy?

A: Being alive, reading the paper, watching the news. It’s hard NOT to be inspired, it’s hard NOT to want to do it all. 

Q: What was your experience with the TPW cohort program?

A: A better understanding of the different ways in which donors are motivated, and how important it is tobuild a structure around passion.

Q: How has the TPW Global Member Network benefited your philanthropy?

A: I have enjoyed the various educational days and I often learn from other members whose interests might be different but whose process might be useful.

Dominic Orr

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Location: Saratoga

Member since: 2004

Q: What do you like best about TPW? 

A; Learning about how the philanthropy “industry” works. 

Q: What inspires you about practicing philanthropy? 

A: Empathy and giving back 

Q: What was your experience with the TPW cohort program? 

A: The programs are very balanced and broad.

Elliott Donnelley II

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Location: San Francisco

Member Since: 2006

Q: What do you like best about TPW?

A: I love being part of a community of like minded people who share my values, who are excited to collaborate and who have a passion for changing the world. 

Q: What was your experience with the TPW cohort program? 

A: The Philanthropy Workshop changed my life!

Marcelle Speller

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Location: London

Member Since: 2007

Q: What inspires you about practicing philanthropy?

A: I’m inspired by feeling I’m helping the small local charities who do amazing work on tiny funding. The people who run them have decided not to just moan about a problem or challenge in their communities - but actually do something about it. I first learned about these small local charities through the TPW program, and they continue to inspire me.

Q: How has the TPW global member network benefited your philanthropy?

A: I attend a  quarterly meeting of likeminded friends who share their journey in philanthropy. We have all progressed incredibly over the last seven years, and experienced both triumphs and disasters. I feel they are Localgiving.com’s god-parents. They have all been hugely supportive of me and Localgiving.com, generously giving advice, contacts, and funding, as well as being great friends.  

Russ Hall

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​Location: Palo Alto

Member Since: 2002

Q: What do you like best about TPW?

A: TPW offers the richest, deep dive into learning the practice of strategic philanthropy. The three to four short weeks are an investment that will pay enormous dividends in shaping and improving your future philanthropy. Moreover, the relationships and connections you build are unmatched, and the value of a lifetime.   

Q: What inspires you about practicing philanthropy?

A: I am inspired by the gratitude for what I have been given, and by the opportunity to make a difference with what I have. This creates a sense of stewardship for the resources in my care, and a sense of joy when I feel more confident in the practice of using these resources in pursuit of causes I pursue. When the practice of philanthropy is done within a safe, supportive, and helpful community, I’m even more grateful, excited, and inspired, sparking a new cycle.

Sam Branson

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Location: London

Member Since: 2013

Q: What do you like best about TPW?

A: To spend quality time on an area of real passion for me and be able to put the nuts, bolts, and action into something that is predominately driven by emotion. TPW gave me my lightning bolt. Through TPW, I learned how to take a cloud of energy in my mind, put it through a specific structure, and create a specific impact.

Q: What inspires you about practicing philanthropy?

A: I’m constantly fascinated by our world—and there is no better way to learn than becoming a participant in the way philanthropy works.

Sylvia Brown

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Location: New York, London, Providence, Rhode Island

Member Since: 2007

Q: What do you like best about TPW?

A: It gives me a framework, a support mechanism, and a community of kindred spirits to guide me along my philanthropic journey.

Q: What was your experience with the TPW cohort program?

A: The TPW cohort was just the start of a transformative experience - three weeks of theory and introduction to best practice - but it’s been the ongoing learning opportunities and the support of the member network (including mentoring from TPW staff) that have been so helpful. In addition, I am fortunate to belong to a group of members who gather four times a year in London to share in fellowship, exchange ideas and provide a sounding board on our philanthropic journeys. Between the larger TPW member network and the more intimate forum, I have access to the most incredible source of expertise, advice and positive reinforcement, which has made my philanthropy much more effective and strategic.

Q: How has the TPW member network been an asset to your philanthropy?

A: Though fortunate to grow up in a family with a long history of philanthropy, I knew we were not sufficiently strategic or effective in our scattered approach to giving. TPW changed my life.  The classroom portion gave me the necessary tool kit; the ongoing learning offerings continue to introduce me to new trends in philanthropy (I’ve become particularly interested in social enterprise and the power of networks); the member network has provided support, contacts, and the sense of belonging to an extraordinary community.