"The TPW course was, without question, the most important single contributor to our philanthropic engagement. Put simply, it is the most valuable course I have ever undertaken and I could not recommend it more highly."
-Nicholas Ferguson, Chairman, Sky plc
"TPW gave me my lighting bolt. A specific structure and path to take my passions, thoughts and ideas through... to enable me to have the impact I want to have, on the issues I care about!"
TPW is confident that the promise of philanthropy—pursued with humility and care—is magnified with knowledge gleaned through lifelong learning, practice, and shared experience about what works to make a difference. It's more than being generous—it's about investing time and private capital to create a better world for others.
Each member first participates in the 'TPW Intensive,' our flagship workshop comprised of three rigorous week-long modules in different parts of the world—with a confidential forum of fellow philanthropists, and the top thinkers and leaders in philanthropy—as a means of acquiring the knowledge, skills, and networks necessary to become purpose-driven, outcome-oriented change agents.
"In transitioning from full-time hedge fund management, I found the workshop to be perfect for learning quickly and efficiently about the many opportunities and pitfalls in the world of philanthropy and provoking deeper thought about my role as a philanthropist. The three workshop weeks are well run and provide high-quality exposure to a good variety of experts in the field. For the capital-rich and time-poor, this is a the way to go.
Since completing the course, I've realised there is major further value for participants through access to ongoing network benefits including contacts, country trips, specialist seminars and reliable unbiased advice. I would recommend the course to anybody who shares my view that philanthropy is a serious responsibility that we should undertake to the best of our ability."
-T.S., Hedge Fund Manager
Participants in The Philanthropy Workshop range from entrepreneurs and inheritors to businessmen and women who are increasingly dedicating their time and capital to philanthropy. TPW accepts applications from a diverse group of philanthropists in terms of age, gender, assets, areas of interest and regions of focus. The common denominator is a commitment to learning and sharing best practices, and the will and creativity to be philanthropic innovators and leaders.
Upon completion of our TPW Intensive, members join a network of more than 450 philanthropists—the largest of its kind and unique to the field of philanthropy. TPW members hail from the United States and the United Kingdom with significant numbers from Canada and countries throughout Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia.
"The Philanthropy Workshop was truly life-changing. It opened my eyes to a new way of giving and provided me the tools, the vocabulary, and the confidence to step into the role of leading my family's foundation. Through endless learning opportunities, an incredible network of like-minded peers, and a safe place to exchange ideas and be challenged to get better, it continues to be an essential place of inspiration and learning years after I completed the program."
Strategic philanthropy is a rigorous discipline, requiring an excellent grounding in both theory and practice.
Based on two 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. We leverage the strengths of forward-thinking philanthropists, advisors, and our founding organizations, including the Rockefeller and Hewlett Foundations and the Institute for Philanthropy, to afford you 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.
In a cohort of up to 14 participants, you will attend three one-week modules over the course of a year; the first in London or San Francisco (depending on your preferred track), the second in Nepal, and the third in New York.
◦ Module 1 provides an introduction to, and conceptual framework for, your strategic philanthropy.
◦ Module 2 applies the strategic framework to a challenging international setting exploring the innovative ways in which people are working to promote positive change, often in complex contexts, and how these solutions are applicable in other geographies.
◦ Module 3 focuses on leadership and tools such as advocacy, coalition-building and collaboration, exploring the role of philanthropy in public policy and civic life.
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DATES FOR 2016-17 TPW Intensive
◦ Module 1 (Option A): San Francisco—September 25-30, 2016*
◦ Module 1 (Option B): London—October 30-November 4, 2016*
◦ Module 2: Nepal—February 19-24, 2017
◦ Module 3: New York—May 7-12, 2017
DATES FOR 2017-18 TPW Intensive
◦ Module 1 (Option A): San Francisco—October 15-20, 2017*
◦ Module 1 (Option B): London—October 29-November 3, 2017*
◦ Module 2: Nepal—February 18-23, 2018
◦ Module 3: New York—May 6-11, 2018
*Note: Candidates may select to attend Module 1 in either San Francisco or London.
Please contact The Philanthropy Workshop to discuss the fee structure for the TPW Intensive workshop program. In addition to tuition, participants are responsible for their personal expenses, including airfare, hotel accommodation, and certain meals. Tuition is non-refundable.
"The Philanthropy Workshop was transformative for me and for my giving. The experience gave me the time to reflect, learn with a unique group of peers and teachers, and the confidence to develop my own strategy as a donor. Every year I make time to go back to events with TPW to continue my professional development and keep reflecting on the challenges of strategic philanthropy."
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