Smarter Donors,

Better Outcomes

Leveraging her family’s 300-year philanthropic legacy and her 25 years’ experience in international development, Sylvia Brown is a passionate advocate of thoughtful and effective giving by ALL donors.


Most donors care about charitable effectiveness yet 85% spend less than two hours a year researching the organizations they support…
But everyone can learn to give with impact.

Uplifting Journeys
Immersive donor education programs to learn the principles of thoughtful and effective giving.
Workshops and keynote addresses to empower individual donors in their charitable giving.

Bootcamps for
smarter donors

Uplifting Journeys is an immersive donor education program to learn the principles of thoughtful and effective giving.

After experiencing our lively workshops, informative site visits, and emotionally engaging internships with local non-profits, participants return home empowered and equipped to contribute more effectively toward any cause, anywhere.

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Sylvia is always delighted to speak with groups interested in learning how to make the most positive impact with their charitable endeavors. She is particularly interested in empowering individuals who make their own giving decisions with the skills and tools they need to be effective.

Grappling With Legacy

– Rhode Island’s Brown Family and the American Philanthropic Impulse.

What fuels a family’s compulsion to philanthropy?
When Sylvia Brown’s father handed much of his inheritance to Brown University in 1995, the gesture maintained a 300-year family philanthropic tradition.  Less than a decade later, at the inaugural symposium of the
University’s Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice, one speaker declared “there were no good Browns.”
Grappling With Legacy was born of the juxtaposition between these starkly opposed perspectives.
Against Rhode Island’s distinctive backdrop, this family saga mirrors America’s evolving urge to do good, providing fresh perspectives on times surprisingly akin to the present.