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The Philanthropy Workshop (TPW) offers summary answers to frequently asked questions about organizational practices and as well as answers specifically for prospective TPW members and our TPW Member Network. These are designed to provide guidelines and a basic understanding, sometimes about fairly complex topics.

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Is The Philanthropy Workshop a political organization?

The Philanthropy Workshop (TPW) is a non-profit organization. In the US, we are registered as a 501(c)(3) public charity. In the UK we are a registered charity. As such, we are prohibited from participating in any political activity on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. We’re solely focused on educating individuals who have an interest and a passion in practicing strategic and innovative philanthropy and social investing.

Can you give a brief description of The Philanthropy Workshop’s flagship Cohort Program?

For our flagship TPW Cohort Program, we bring together philanthropists from around the world committed to learning how to make lasting, positive change. Each member participates in our flagship workshop comprised of three rigorous weeklong modules held 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.

This initial workshop includes up to 14 participants who meet for three week-long modules over the course of 12 months. Following Module One in London, we will travel to Cambodia (2019) for Module Two, and to San Francisco for Module Three. Please note that the location of Module 2 changes each year.

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Does The Philanthropy Workshop fund programs relevant to all philanthropists?

The Philanthropy Workshop seeks to be the leading source of practical knowledge on how to engage in strategic, innovative, and effective philanthropy and to reach the largest possible audience of philanthropists so that we might make the most positive difference for our world. To be successful long-term as both an educator and network of engaged strategic philanthropists, we are committed to our role in developing and disseminating knowledge to help improve the field and practice of philanthropy.

How can I get involved with The Philanthropy Workshop?

For philanthropists interested in learning how to give better, you can apply to participate in our Cohort Program through which you become a member of our network. For others, the best way of staying up to date with The Philanthropy Workshop is to follow us on Twitter, and like us on Facebook.

If you have ideas on how to contribute to our work, please feel free to contact us at info@tpw.org.

Is The Philanthropy Workshop a US-focused organization?

The Philanthropy Workshop (TPW) is a global organization with strong footholds in three influential cities—London, New York and San Francisco. The TPW Member Network of over 450 philanthropists is the largest of its kind and unique to the field of philanthropy. Our members hail from over 50 different countries across the globe, principally including the US, Canada, UK, countries throughout Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia.

Is The Philanthropy Workshop a grantmaking organization?

No, The Philanthropy Workshop (TPW) is not a grantmaking organization. TPW is made up of a network of more than 450 philanthropists who have participated in our TPW’s strategic philanthropy training program, referred to as the TPW Cohort Program, and are committed to practicing thoughtful, effective philanthropy. We seek to tip the culture of giving to strategic philanthropy by developing the capacity of a critical mass of committed philanthropists who continually learn, build their skills and share their knowledge on how to make lasting, positive change on significant societal issues.

What are the values of The Philanthropy Workshop?

The leadership, members, and staff of The Philanthropy Workshop believe that philanthropy, pursued with humility and care, is essential to our individual and collective wellbeing. We believe that these efforts can be magnified by knowledge gleaned through lifelong learning and shared experiences, and that a network of effective global philanthropists can create a tipping point where the culture of giving embraces philanthropy’s promise to realize a more just, sustainable, and enriching world.

When did the Institute for Philanthropy and The Philanthropy Workshop West merge?

The Institute for Philanthropy and The Philanthropy Workshop West legally merged March 1, 2014. The merged organization’s name is The Philanthropy Workshop, also referred to as TPW. The Philanthropy Workshop has offices in San Francisco, New York, and London

Where are The Philanthropy Workshop’s offices?

The Philanthropy Workshop has offices in London, New York and San Francisco. We work with philanthropists and social investors from all over the world.

Who founded The Philanthropy Workshop?

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.

Who makes up The Philanthropy Workshop’s leadership?

Renee Kaplan is the Chief Executive Officer.

TPW’s Board of Trustees is comprised of:

Lisa Wolverton, Board Chair
Larry Birenbaum
Maureen Blanc
Matthew Bowcock
Lauren Cramer
Elliott Donnelley
Katherine Lorenz
Cindy Mercer
William Perrin
Joan Platt

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