Through Philanthropy Fellowships, Stanford undergraduate students can work full-time for Bay Area grantmaking foundations over the summer. Haas Center staff pair selected fellows with a placement organization through a facilitated spring quarter process, and Bruce Sievers, Haas Center visiting scholar, serves as academic mentor to fellows.
The Sand Hill Foundation, in collaboration with Philanthropic Ventures Foundation, supports three summer fellows in Bay Area grantmaking foundations and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation may support and host up to two John Gardner Fellows.
The Sand Hill Fellowship in Philanthropy was created in spring 2000 to honor the memory of Tom Ford, a member of the Haas Center’s National Advisory Board and a former Stanford University Trustee. Throughout his life, Ford strongly believed in sharing with the community and in the immense potential of young people. With the generous support of Susan Ford Dorsey's Sand Hill Foundation, the Sand Hill Fellowship is modeled after this philosophy. The goal of the program is to bring more young people into philanthropic work by providing students with intensive summer experiences.
The Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) John Gardner Fellowship in Philanthropy was created in 2002 in memory of the late John Gardner, founder of Common Cause and Independent Sector, past-president of the Carnegie Corporation, and former Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare. In his spirit of caring deeply about community-building and civic life, SVCF supports up to two fellows in order to encourage students to explore ways of building community through philanthropy.
Across the three opportunities, Philanthropy Fellows learn about the grant making process. Past activities have included:
- participating in grant review committees
- assisting in the evaluation of foundation programs such as workshops and site visits
- working with program officers and associates conducting research on sources and trends in the foundation’s grant making, as well as in particular issue areas
- representing the foundation at community meetings, site visits, conferences and other public events
- interacting with grantees in person or over the phone
Each Philanthropy Fellow receives a base stipend of $6000 to cover most of the essential costs associated with an unpaid service experience. Financial aid and supplemental funding is available to students who qualify.
Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to make an advising appointment with Leslie Garvin on Handshake to discuss the fellowship opportunity (scroll down to select Public Service and Social Impact and then look for Leslie Garvin's openings).
Visit this page for information on previous fellows' placements and projects.
Three Sand Hill Fellowships and up to two SVCF Fellowships are awarded to undergraduate students (currently enrolled) from any academic discipline. Currently enrolled first-years, sophomores, and juniors from all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply, and applicants may vary in academic interests, public service involvement, and experience. Priority will be given to students who have completed fewer than two previous Cardinal Quarter opportunities. Graduating seniors are only eligible for Round 2 opportunities if funding is available, and the Round 2 deadline may be in April. Students who have begun their coterm programs are not eligible to apply.
Philanthropy Fellows are required to work at least 35 hours/week for nine consecutive weeks at their placements. Fellows are expected to work on-site with their host organization, and have a designated full-time professional staff member on-site as their supervisor/mentor. Please review the entire FAQs section for program policies. Other commitments include the following:
- Enroll in one of the following classes: POLISCI 236: Theories and Practices of Civil Society, Philanthropy, and the Nonprofit Sector (Sievers), EDUC 374: Philanthropy and Civil Society (Brest), or GSBGEN 319: Strategic Philanthropy and Impact Investing. Students who have taken EDUC377C: Philanthropy: Strategy, Innovation and Social Change (Arrillaga) are not required to enroll in the classes listed above. Directed reading with Professor Sievers is available for students with schedule conflicts.
- Participate in placement identification process (Sand Hill Fellows only).
- Attend a program orientation in April.
- Attend the Engaging in Ethical and Effective Service workshop.
- Meet with academic mentor at least once.
- Design a personal learning plan for the summer.
- Arrange a visit for other Philanthropy Fellows at your site and with your mentor/supervisor, if possible.
- Share learning plan with site supervisor and update accordingly.
- Submit a brief preliminary report.
- Submit a final report, complete a program evaluation, and correspond with fellowship donor(s) as requested by fellowships program staff.
- Meet with academic mentor at least once.
- Participate in outreach activities to share your experiences and help publicize the program.
For those who seek assistance, advising is available at the Haas Center to help students develop their applications.
This fellowship is intended for individuals whose application, references, and interview demonstrate
- an ability to undertake intensive, full-time work over the summer
- a high level of motivation and initiative
- an interest in philanthropy and/or public service through past community involvement
- the ability to interact comfortably and effectively with diverse populations and professionals
- the ability to produce high-quality professional writing
Complete applications are screened, finalists interviewed, and fellows selected by a committee with the intention to award fellowships prior to spring break. Committee decisions are final.
Once the fellows are selected, the placement process begins for the Sand Hill Fellows. Haas Center staff consult with foundation representatives and fellows to determine which local organizations are appropriate to their goals, experiences, and interests. Fellows must set up a time to speak with the mentor at their respective placements during spring quarter.