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Spring 2012 - 61914 - PA388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy

Fundraising and Grant Writing

Instructor(s): Eaton, David J.
Unique Number: 61914
Day & Time: F 9:00 - 12:00 pm
Room: SRH 3.316/350
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Course Overview

Topics for these policy seminars have included environmental and natural resources policy, health-service delivery policy, social welfare policy, transportation policy, science and technology policy, international affairs, national security, urban and regional growth policy, and political campaigns.


Section Description

This is a course on the use of grantsmanship and direct fundraising skills. Each student will develop a complete grant proposal in a topic area of personal interest. The course addresses legal techniques (other than taxes) for raising resources for not-for-profit or governmental activities: grants, contracts, direct fundraising, swaps, gifts, deferred giving, etc. The class will include participation of persons from diverse public sector institutions involved in the process of raising and managing funds. Topics include: presentation of self and organizations, project development, the proposal process, project assessment, and project financial management. Additional subjects include: diversity of information of grant sources, planned giving, capital campaigns, political fundraising, on-line or digital fundraising, benefit events, annual or renewable giving, strategic fundraising plans, as well as processes for raising and spending money through philanthropy. The course is directed at two client groups: working professionals and graduate students. Employees of local/state governments, non-profit organizations, or political parties can benefit from the course by developing skills directly applicable to their future jobs. Students with dissertation or thesis research ideas can use the course to prepare funding requests. As this is a graduate level course, it is expected that a person who enrolls either will have completed an undergraduate degree or will have practical experience which is equivalent to an under graduate degree.