This course is designed to give students a theoretical and practical understanding of philanthropy today. First, the course will lay out the sociological and historical roots of philanthropy in the United States, including where philanthropic dollars come from, how they are used, and the inherent tension between capitalism and philanthropy. The role of government in funding nonprofits and new philanthropic tools, such as donor-advised funds, will also be reviewed. The course will also look at philanthropy's role in addressing social issues, including new approaches that go beyond simply giving money, such as the growing interest in and need for advocacy among institutional givers. Additionally, students will apply their skills and grant up to $50,000 in funding to local non-profits. Attendance on the first day is required.
Course Attributes: EN S; BU Hum; BU BA; AS SSC; FA SSC; AR SSC