Module One of the 19th Cohort of The Philanthropy Workshop starts this week

Last night at a dinner in central London we were excited to welcome ten philanthropists to join the nineteenth cohort of The Philanthropy Workshop (TPW). This week marks the beginning of the year-long programme of learning where participants will acquire the knowledge, skills and networks to achieve the maximum impact in their giving. Over the course of the year, the philanthropists will attend three one-week modules; the first in London, the next in Patagonia, and the final one in New York.  By the end of TPW some of them will refine a strategy they are already implementing, while others will come away with a completely new vision for their philanthropy.

Module One is focussed upon understanding the principles of, and building the skills for, strategic philanthropy.  We examine questions such as: What is strategic philanthropy?  How do you conduct due diligence on charities?  Participants will learn about the various levers that philanthropy can push to effect lasting social change, and will be able to identify pitfalls to avoid.  We will hear from a wide range of sector leaders who will illustrate different approaches to and best practice in social change work including Danyal Sattar of the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, TPW alumnus and Chairman of the Oak Foundation Dr. Kristian Parker, Graham Allen MP, and Mark Woodruff of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts. The cohort will be challenged to analyse the effectiveness of the strategy and communications used by those they interact with, leaving them eager to spend more time learning about social problems and solutions so that they can create or catalyse greater positive change in the world.  This learning isn’t complete after the three-week programme; strategic philanthropists are those who continue to learn over time and adapt to changing circumstances and new opportunities.

In the coming weeks we’ll be reporting back from some of the sessions from TPW on our blog, so keep checking this site for updates.

If you have any questions about The Philanthropy Workshop, please email the TPW team on


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