Our goal is to ignite students' interest and participation in philanthropy.


Come hang out with us at the Ambassadors Conference!

June 23-26, 2022 in Dallas, Texas


Tony Shu, Former Philanthropy Lab Ambassador, Named to Forbes 30 Under 30


Diary of a Budding Philanthropist

Emory Ambassador, Ian Wang, reflects on this year's Ambassadors Conference




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Grant Map

Click below to view all grants awarded by students in Philanthropy Lab courses since 2010.

Giving Goals

Warren Buffett and Bill Gates have called for the most affluent people in the world to demonstrate philanthropic leadership by committing to give away a large amount of their wealth to charitable causes. Many of these high net worth individuals and couples make their pledges public in order to inspire others’ personal giving commitments. As college students who have not yet embarked upon a career, now is the time to thoughtfully consider your own philanthropic ideals in a Giving Goal.

Grant Evaluations

Through the evaluation of past grants, we hope students further challenge their assumptions about giving, thoughtfully reflect on their grant-making decisions and initial goals for providing the grants, and contribute to future students’ learning.

What People Are Saying

Strategic Philanthropy challenged a lot of what I considered to be progressive notions of giving. From the reading material to site visits to presenting grant proposals, I had the opportunity to re-imagine and expand my vision for community impact.

Madison HallAbilene Christian University

This experience made me more conscious of my own giving when I support nonprofits—to look at more than just the good work they want to but instead to look at their effectiveness, financials, board makeup, etc. This class also pulled me away from a more utilitarian outlook on philanthropy and has encouraged me to seek out organizations that have wholistic missions rather than only giving to those that serve the most people or through some quantification do ‘the most good.

Lauren MarescaVanderbilt University

This course helped me understand the theories of philanthropy (ex: examining Peter Singer versus Brandon Boesch) alongside other theories of giving. It has led me to examining the true effects of philanthropy on broader society given such large concentrations of wealth by those such as the Gates.

Jasmine NguyenStanford University

I’ve learned the importance of giving strategically—understanding the needs and constraints first and also supporting leaders who are able to connect the brain to the heart.

Rosie ZhangHarvard

My view on generosity has changed because of this course, and I now know I'll be a better steward of my time, talent, and treasure moving forward. This is one of the only classes I've had at Baylor that I can confidently say has changed me as a person.

Jordan GriffinBaylor University