History Timeline

Since our start-up in 1995, The Philanthropy Workshop has leveraged the strengths of forward-thinking philanthropists, advisors, and our founding organizations, including the Rockefeller and Hewlett Foundations and the Institute for Philanthropy, to bring educational programming, a diverse network, and a united position as the foremost influencers of strategic and innovative philanthropy in the global community. Click on the interactive timeline to learn more.

1 Jan 1995

The Rockefeller Foundation founds The Philanthropy Workshop
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The Rockefeller Foundation starts up the New York-based The Philanthropy Workshop (TPW), the first curriculum-based program to help philanthropists learn how to give better.

1 Jan 2000

Charitable advisors help form the London-based Institute for Philanthropy
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The London-based Institute for Philanthropy (IFP) is founded in the United Kingdom by advisors to The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation to help create a more fertile environment for giving.

1 Jan 2001

Hewlett, TOSA, and Rockefeller Foundations collaborate to launch TPW West
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The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the TOSA Foundation, in collaboration with the Rockefeller Foundation, launch San Francisco-based The Philanthropy Workshop West (TPW West) to serve a growing market of individuals seeking to give effectively.

1 Jan 2006

The Philanthropy Workshop spun off to Institute for Philanthropy
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The New York-based The Philanthropy Workshop (TPW) is spun off to the Institute for Philanthropy (IFP) where it becomes the IFP’s flagship global philanthropy program.

1 Jan 2008

The Institute for Philanthropy expands to the United States
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The London-based Institute for Philanthropy (IFP) expands to the United States, opening an office in New York.

1 Jan 2009

TPW West becomes a freestanding independent organization
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TPW West becomes a freestanding independent organization with the leadership and support of philanthropists all trained through The Philanthropy Workshop.

1 Mar 2014

The Institute for Philanthropy and TPW West merge to become The Philanthropy Workshop
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London-based The Institute for Philanthropy and San Francisco-based TPW West merge to become The Philanthropy Workshop (TPW). TPW leverages the strengths of forward-thinking philanthropists, advisors, and its founding organizations to bring educational programming, a diverse network, and a united position as the foremost influencers of strategic and innovative philanthropy in the global community. TPW’s network of more than 350 philanthropists is the largest of its kind and unique to the field of philanthropy. Members hail from the U.S. and the United Kingdom with significant numbers from Canada and countries throughout Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia.