The American College Center for Philanthropy and Social Impact fosters an open and inclusive space for advisors and donors to engage in social impact.
OUR NICHE IN THIS MOMENT OF NEED
The field of philanthropy is evolving faster than ever, with new knowledge and innovation, hazards, and even harmful practices to avoid. The events of 2020 created urgency in philanthropic responses, shed light on the incredible growth of donor-advised funds and sparked conversations on how to achieve greater impact. Increased awareness of issues such as structural inequities, climate change, and civic engagement offer opportunities for meaningful conversations and collaborations with donors and advisors across for-profit and non-profit sectors.
Advisors are expected to be fluent in philanthropic conversation and current charitable tools, as evidenced by the growth of philanthropic advisory education and services. New learning opportunities, delivery methods, relevant content, specialized designations, and networking are in demand. The social impact landscape and toolbox require an updated look at the current context for social change, from philanthropy to social entrepreneurship to impact investing, advocacy, business influence, non-profit leadership, purchasing power, and more.
Some advisors are looking to go from "success to significance" and likely "good to great" in their social endeavors.
They are asking questions like:
How do we navigate these changing times?
How do we take care of ourselves, our families, clients, and communities?
How can we help those seeking new knowledge and support as social change agents?
Our Center is designed for this moment of need, change, and action.
Dien Yuen, JD/LLM, CAP®, AEP® Blunt-Nickel Professor of Philanthropy Executive Director
Dien Yuen works with practitioners in the field to create a shared space to develop multi-disciplinary projects to advance social change. Her research focuses on access and growth of philanthropic advising in the U.S. and Asia. Before joining the College, Dien worked in several wealth management firms and held executive positions in regional and global development organizations.
Lydia Oh Purpose School Program Consultant
Lydia was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, where she attended Temple University and double majored in Marketing and International Business. She has over six years of experience in the non-profit space working in development and advancement at Missio Seminary and UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, and events at Serge: A Reformed International Missions Organization. Lydia met her husband, Anthony, while serving together at their church, and they have two energetic young children that keep them on their toes.