HS 260B — Practicing Social Justice Philanthropy: Purpose, Practice and Problems

Juxtaposes a theoretical framework for understanding the economic, political, and social role of philanthropy in American society with the practical experience of real-dollar grantmaking. Through course readings and an opportunity to develop a grantmaking process that will grant real money, students will be exposed to the complexity of the philanthropic process and the challenges associated with allocating scarce resources. The course also provides opportunities to explore organizational behavior, group dynamics and individual leadership skills. Students will learn how to negotiate, reach consensus, and execute the plan they design and through readings will gain perspective on process, grantmaking, and evaluation techniques. The process will be documented by the students for use in case studies, teaching materials, and workshops. Usually offered every year.
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