The Philanthropy Centre

Philanthropy is a commitment to making the world a better place. And as with any serious undertaking, you need sophisticated knowledge, tools and resources to achieve success. That’s why we created the Philanthropy Centre–to guide you in creating the greatest impact with your giving. We can help you refine your mission. Assess structures and strategies so they truly support your goals. And connect you to key thinkers, potential partners and the resources of our global firm. With more than a century of nonprofit experience, we can help make sure your generosity achieves exactly what you want it to.

Philanthropy can be one of life’s most rewarding and meaningful endeavors. When done well, it creates tremendous, positive change in the lives of others and for our world. Whether you’re just beginning your philanthropic journey, have been giving for years but without structure, or are a highly sophisticated donor, the Philanthropy Centre is here to help you achieve the impact you envision.

Starting with your goals

No matter what stage you’re at with your charitable giving, articulating your goals will help you get the most out of your philanthropy—in both practical and emotional terms. Asking the right questions is important:

  • Where is the real need?
  • Are other philanthropists working in this area? What are their goals? What have they been able to accomplish?
  • Are there gaps in funding that you might be able to address?
  • Given your resources (time, talent and treasure), what might you truly hope to accomplish, alone or in partnership with others?
  • How will you assess whether your efforts have had the desired impact?

Fortunately, you do not need to do this on your own. The Philanthropy Centre is here to help you hone in on the issues and areas most important to you. And then create a strategic plan for putting your wealth to work to achieve them.

Finding the right structure—and opportunities

Once there is a clear vision in place, we’ll help you think about what approaches are most effective in creating the change you seek. Establishing a formal structure for your philanthropy can bring efficiency and effectiveness to charitable giving that may otherwise feel scattershot. 

There are many options when it comes to structuring your giving. Which approach is best for you depends on the size and frequency of your funding, the level of involvement you desire, and the structure of your overall wealth plan. We can help you determine the path that’s right for you.

We can also connect you to the right people—like-minded peers and organizations that can be a resource for best practices, collaboration and opportunities for impact.

Engaging your family

Philanthropy can be a good way to establish strong family values for your young children. And if a philanthropic legacy is one of your goals, involving your adult children or extended family is essential. The Philanthropy Centre can help facilitate conversations and approaches to bringing the family together. We can help you establish philanthropic goals and practices that create excitement and enthusiasm for both you and your family—helping ensure you make an impact now, and create a legacy that will continue well into the future. 

The Philanthropy Centre is truly global. We work with clients in the United States, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.

  • Private foundations
    To be successful, private foundations, like any business, need smart business strategies. We can help you identify and implement the nonprofit sector's leading best practices.
  • Charitable trusts
    This tax-efficient wealth management tool is a smart way to support the causes you believe in and provide for your family members—during your lifetime and beyond.
  • Donor-advised funds
    Making an impact starts with choosing the right structure for your philanthropic giving. A DAF can be a good alternative to setting up a private foundation.