Matching Money with Mission: Philanthropy and Society
This semester-long course traces the historic origins and contemporary expressions of philanthropy. It offers an overview of the multiple dimensions of this growing and increasingly global source of capital and innovation in the nonprofit sector. Students will become familiar with who gives, why and how they organize and structure their philanthropy. The course will examine instrumental, transformational or expressive strategies and how new approaches like ephilanthropy and giving circles open and diversify the field. The global face of philanthropy will be explored. The course will consider nuanced approaches like venture philanthropy, corporate social investing, social enterprise and other mechanisms that use market forces to fund charitable activities. Students will explore the historic tensions between charity and social innovation, along with more recent topics like accountability, measuring social impact, sustainability, governance, and related public policy issues. The course will draw on case studies and guest speakers. Students will participate in GSPIA’s Student Philanthropy Project through which they will blend course theory and readings with hands-on grant-making experience. Students will research, vet and award a pool of grant funds to local non-profits.