Interested in taking a class that allows you to give away $10,000? Want to learn how to write a grant proposal? Consider taking one of these classes, whether you’re a philanthropy major or not.
PHST-P370 Learning by Giving
Undergraduate student Bubala Madubansi is a current nursing student who took the Learning by Giving course in Fall 2016. Madubansi wanted to learn more about grantmaking, so she chose to take the course as an elective in her philanthropic studies minor to have the opportunity to engage with nonprofits in the community. The course also allowed her to build a great foundation of philanthropy in practice.
“After building a foundation, we went right to work acting as a board of directors deciding what nonprofit to fund. I was able to read proposals interpreting budgets, minutes, and past projects,” Madubansi said.
The class then came together to state their individual arguments.
“It was tense at times, there were disagreements, but this only shows how invested we were in the class,” she said. “I definitely got that ‘fuzzy’ feeling touring different nonprofits and finally being a part of awarding the selected nonprofit.
“I learned a lot of things through this course that could be applied in an administrative setting. It also just affirmed my love of helping others. This course would be great for anyone who falls under the category of ‘I like to help,’ whether that be nursing, social work, philanthropic studies, business, or education.”
PHST-P330, Section 27140 Donor Motivations and Engagement II
Patrick Dwyer, Ph.D., assistant professor of philanthropic studies, is a psychologist who explores themes of gratitude, prosocial (helping) behaviors, altruism, volunteerism, and giving behaviors in his research. This new course blends research and hands-on experiences for students learning about grantmaking.
Students will learn about different kinds of grantmaking institutions (e.g., foundations, corporations, federated organizations, government, etc.) and how they can engage them as donors.
“Who are these institutions, and why do they give? Where did they come from? Who do they give to? How could I get them to give to my cause?” are a few of the questions that Dwyer said will be explored.
The course also offers students the more “hands-on” experience of developing a comprehensive grant proposal for a nonprofit program of their choice. Special attention will also be paid to ethical considerations and good stewardship strategies.
“Students will find this course to be informative and engaging, as well as practically useful,” Dwyer said.