TPW Leads Philanthropists on an Immersion Journey in Human Rights


Where do philanthropists go to learn about strategic investing in human rights?  For that matter, where does anyone go to learn how to invest effectively and as leveraged as possible in social causes? For most, learning about the human rights movement and how to invest is limited to meeting organizations, joining boards, and attending dinners and events. For the past year, The Philanthropy Workshop (TPW) in partnership with Humanity United and Article 3 Advisors has developed a two-week, modular curriculum designed to advance the knowledge of human rights funders, seek effective approaches to alignment with major institutions, and learn of new ways to advance the field.

People familiar with TPW know about the power of the annual program that educates fifteen philanthropists on strategies, frameworks, and models that span all forms of financial investment from advocacy and international giving.  Reviewed by many of the members of TPW as a transformative experience, we will have the same effect on the donors that participate in the new Immersion Journey: Human Rights.

Unlike any other course of its kind, TPW’s Immersion Journey: Human Rights takes the participants from the fundamentals of human rights law and precedent to the highest level opportunities for scaled investment by moving from pooled funding to advanced approaches to donor alignment.

Understanding the fundamentals

In conversations with Article 3 Advisors, new and experienced donors expressed universal concern with their limited knowledge of the fundamental conventions, treaties, and historical precedents in the field.  The human rights movement is legal at its core, thus effective philanthropists are challenged to spend their time understanding international laws and norms in a way that other philanthropic disciplines are not so required.

Immersion Journey is one of the first programs to delve deeply into the fundamentals of human rights by bringing in experts like Ken Roth, Areyh Neier, Bryan Stevenson and many others to explain key conventions and foundational precedents.  For those who participate, they will walk away with an unprecented resource guide for understanding these rights.

Exploring the high level opportunities

For most in the human rights space, identifying a holistic framework for advancing the movement has been elusive.  Most approach the field in a piecemeal manner by focusing on specific countries or issues.  Through an extensive set of interviews with experts and human rights leaders, a positive opportunity for advancing the momentum of the past thirty years was identified. Throughout Immersion Journey: Human Rights we focus on the opportunity for investors to advance the accepted norms and laws of the human rights movement from the halls of international institutions to small communities on to the ground.  According to the Article 3 study, the time is ripe to explore models that advance the human rights movement from the halls of global institutions to the smallest communities in the developing world.  Immersion Journey seeks to amplify this trend and demonstrate the leveraged approach.

Advancing alignment

Until now, donor networks have traditionally showcased and facilitated pooled grantmaking models as collaboration. TPW has explored these models in the past with limited results, but in recent years major foundations, global institutions, and government agencies have shifted from collaborative approaches to those focused on alignment.  In this case, aligned donors and organizations agree to a common impact goal.  An example of such a model, The Freedom Fund, leverages the capital of Humanity United and Walk Free as major foundations with a common impact goal, and encourages other funders to align their own solutions with this goal.

Immersion Journey explores the opportunities for alignment across the many sectors of philanthropy (public, private, and otherwise).  Given that Immersion Journey brings together several philanthropists with access to both financial and experiential resources, we expect that true alignment among the participants and the experts they meet will be an outcome of the experience.

After nearly twenty years of producing donor education products to advance impact, TPW knows that donors are most effective when they have a clear sense of the funding landscape, available models, personal resources, and highly leveraged opportunities to advance change.  Immersion Journey: Human Rights is an opportunity for TPW members and others to come together through an advanced curriculum that explores fundamentals, holistic opportunities, and identifies alignment opportunities to advance extraordinary impact for all of the participants in the program and beyond.

To learn more about TPW's core program or Immersion Journey: Human Rights please visit, or contact Liz Sweet, Program Officer, at


Dr. Galaich, CEO, has led The Philanthropy Workshop West since 2009 with a dynamic staff and gifted group of board members. His career in strategic philanthropy started over a decade ago with the founding team of the Global Philanthropy Forum.  He was responsible for launching the first and second Conferences on Borderless Giving, which were attended by hundreds of leaders in philanthropy, nongovernmental organizations, and international institutions. In 2004, he joined The Philanthropy Workshop West to develop and launch an alumni program for over forty graduates of the nationally recognized program. Dr. Galaich also served at Human Rights Watch as the Deputy Director of Development for North America where he had strategic oversight of the Human Rights Watch Council, a network of supporters and opinion leaders committed to raising money for, and awareness of, human rights in five major cities. Dr. Galaich also had a brief career in AM talk radio as the founding Political Director of Working Assets Broadcasting, a national internet radio network, based in Boulder, Colorado, committed to social change media.  He holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder in Political Science, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at San Diego.  He has written and published on the role of ethnicity in the formation of political parties, human rights, and in the use of political violence and repression in sub-Saharan Africa.