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Summer 2 2010 - 94327 - PA388L - Advanced Topics in Management

Philanthropy in Action

Instructor(s): Edward, Deborah
Unique Number: 94327
Day & Time: MW 6:00 - 9:45 pm
Room: SRH 3.316/350
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Course Overview

Students desiring additional exposure to public management issues may select from seminars on such topics as managing diversity, principles and practices of effective leadership, and social entrepreneurship. 

Section Description

Global Giving, an international online philanthropy, is funding the RGK Center to develop a course on strategic global philanthropy. Global Philanthropy-in-Action will be a new 6-week summer class for graduate students in the nonprofit portfolio program. Combining theory and practice, students will explore issues in global philanthropy while being challenged to give away funds wisely. Students will study the history of international philanthropy, current challenges, frameworks for strategic giving, and best practices. They will make decisions about investing Global Giving funds in international endeavors. Students will systematically explore options, define standards, select projects, conduct due diligence, leverage additional resources and make recommendations for funding.
In the twice-weekly classes,  students will discuss philanthropy cases, learn about various tools for strategic philanthropy, and work individually and in teams to determine how to spend allocated funds. Each individual will have $500-$1,000 of gift card funds to allocate to a project and will present his/her criteria and decision to the class. Students will also work in teams to make a commitment of funding to a project and seeking outside additional contributions to leverage their decision. At a third level, the team projects will be reviewed  by a panel of philanthropic experts who will award an additional amount to the project of the team that presents the most compelling case for funding.
The syllabus will feature readings from Peter Frumkin, Joel Fleishman, Paul Brest and others, case discussions,  and a review of global philanthropy and strategic giving practices as featured in Global Giving, Clinton Global Initiative, and other sources. There will be a joint presentation at the start of the semester by leaders of Austin-based nonprofits of international scope. These leaders will be invited back to the final class meting to judge team presentations, and will award an additional $5,000 to the project that they believe has the most promise.
Participating students will learn about frameworks and concepts related to global philanthropy and experience philanthropy first hand. They will learn about specific projects addressing social issues internationally. Students will have an opportunity to reflect on their own values and philanthropic inclinations. They will learn how to develop and apply criteria for funding decisions. They will analyze financial and management issues in selected nonprofits. They will reflect on their process of strategic giving and become familiar with issues in the field and tools and approaches to decision-making in fundraising, social investing and engaged philanthropy. In addition, the involvement of local philanthropists in the final competition and proposed media coverage of this event will provide opportunities to increase visibility of Global Giving,  and strengthen communication and collaboration between the RGK Center/LBJ School and the philanthropic community.  Finally, this project results in a tested curriculum for experiential philanthropy that can be adapted elsewhere.