Effective ‘Mini Masters’

During the Effective ‘Mini Masters’ the goal is to discover how to maximise our impact. A select group of pioneering major philanthropists and impact investors go on an intensive journey, learning together how we can leverage our unique resources to give and impact invest as effectively as possible.



Effective Giving first piloted the Mini Masters programme in 2017. With 12 major philanthropists and impact investors, we explored giving effectively at scale. This pilot laid the foundation for developing the Effective Approach.


The programme

During this 2-day intensive retreat you will join a small group (max. 12) of major philanthropists and impact investors to learn how to maximise your impact.

Our approach is very practical: we use case studies to explore the fundamental principles and tools of the Effective Approach. The curriculum is flexible and will follow the needs of the group. We will also make sure that there is sufficient time to digest and apply the new knowledge to your own situation: what do the new insights mean for your impact strategy?

In preparation for this programme, you will read some case studies and complete several small assignments, some of which you might do together with your stakeholders (such as family members or board members).


Day 1: Thursday 17 May (9:00-18:00)

  • Exploring ‘our’ unique resources
  • Effective Approach: fundamentals, tools and frameworks
  • Case Studies

Overnight stay at the venue, including dinner


Day 2: Friday 18 May (9:00-17:00)

  • Applying the Effective Approach to your own case
  • Presentation preliminary conclusions
  • Next steps + future support needed


More information


The Mini Masters takes place in the magical setting of Landgoed Noorderheide, a gorgeous 13 bedroom, 18 hectare private estate in Vierhouten. Special thanks goes to the Elise Mathilde Fonds and the Van Beuningen family, for making this estate (including overnight stay) available at no cost.

Effective Giving also provides the Mini Masters at no cost. Our sole goal is to help participating philanthropists and impact investors to become more effective and able to make their maximum contribution to a better world.

Participants only contribute €250 (+btw) to cover the cost of catering (breakfast, lunches, coffee-breaks, dinner, drinks) and materials.

The next Mini Masters will take place on 17-18 May 2018. Participation is by invitation only. To indicate your interest in participating, please contact our community manager Eva van der Meer (community@effectivegiving.nl).