Glen Galaich, The Philanthropy Workshop

Twitter: @ggalaich  and @TPWGiveBetter

Dr. Glen Galaich is the CEO of The Philanthropy Workshop.  TPW is a global network of over 300 philanthropists whose mission is to educate, activate, and inspire a peer network of effective and engaged philanthropists. Previously Glen was a member of the founding team of Global Philanthropy Forum, where he was responsible for managing the conference on Borderless Giving. 

Prior to that, Glen served at Human Rights Watch as the deputy director for development in North America, where he helped manage the Human Rights Watch Council, a network of supporters committed to the awareness of human rights. Glen has written and published on the role of ethnicity in the formation of political parties and the use of political violence and repression in sub-Saharan Africa.  He holds a Ph.D and M.A. from University of Colorado at Boulder, and a B.A. in political science from University of California at San Diego. 

In this interview, we address the work of TPW, and how the workshop model is effective in forming thoughts and opinions, clarifying goals and objectives, and establishing a framework for giving, and a theory of change. Glen shares his thoughts on a broad spectrum of philanthropy, including the various issues facing philanthropy, and the proper tools to tackle different issues. This is a fascinating conversation, and Glen has keen insights into the problems and potential solutions for social change. 


In this interview, we discuss:

  1. Proactive vs. reactive grantmaking.  (1:00)
  2. How the philanthropy workshop model works, and why it is effective.  (4:00)
  3. How he views capital on a spectrum and approaches the process holistically. (15:00)
  4. Making sure the due diligence is in alignment with the theory of change. (17:30)
  5. The ways in which members come to an 'a-ha moment' about their personal philanthropy. 
  6. The international travel component of the workshop, and how it is a life-changing experience.  (31:00)
  7. Why current US tax laws are not conducive to better philanthropy.  (37:00)
  8. Concrete ways that every single one of us can be a real philanthropist. (47:30)


"We see capital on a spectrum. We look at a problem first, and the impact we want to have on it." 


  1. YouTube Video about The Philanthropy Workshop.
  2. Article in Forbes about the merger with Institute of Philanthropy. 
  3. Who much do you need to be a philanthropist? article
  4. Glen references the Sean Parker article in Wall Street Journal on philanthropy. 
  5. 'Billions of Drops in Millions of Buckets: Why Philanthropy Doesn't Advance Social Progress' by Steven Goldberg, a book recommendation. 


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