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Emory UniversitySpring 2020Philanthropy LabDepartments: Goizueta Business SchoolWesley Longhofer, Brian Goebel35 students
Emory UniversitySpring 2021Philanthropy LabDepartments: Goizueta Business SchoolBrian Goebel, Tené Traylor18 students

Philanthropy Lab
Taught by Brian Goebel, Tené Traylor, Wesley Longhofer
Department of the Goizueta Business School

Brian Goebel is a Lecturer in Organization and Management at Emory Goizueta Business School. He is also a professional in the social impact field overseeing the Goizueta Business School Social Enterprise Center’s collection of innovative programs and student activities that boost neighborhood vitality in Atlanta through microbusiness development, strengthen coffee grower communities in Latin America through women’s empowerment, and develop the next generation of principled social enterprise leaders through experiential learning. He has extensive experience in the nonprofit sector including addressing homelessness at United Way of Greater Atlanta and co-founding a volunteer led 501(c)3 organization to aid citizens impacted by disaster. Brian currently serves on the board of nonprofit social enterprise First Step Staffing and the City of Atlanta’s Small Business Advisory Board.

He has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Emory’s Goizueta Business School and a Bachelors of Arts degree in sociology from the University of Michigan. Brian worked in the private sector as a management consultant with Deloitte Consulting LLP before returning to Emory in 2015 to lead the Social Enterprise Center.  While at Deloitte, Brian worked on a number of pro bono social impact projects in addition to serving Fortune 500 and Federal government clients.

Tené Traylor is a Lecturer in Organization and Management at Emory Goizueta Business School. She also is philanthropic professional overseeing The Kendeda Fund’s Atlanta portfolio, focusing on equitable access to high-quality K12 education and economic opportunity (emphasis on long-term affordability, community wealth building, and accessible quality transit) for historically marginalized populations and Black and brown people in metro Atlanta. She also manages a national portfolio dedicated to restoring and reclaiming dignity to work for people living with a current or old criminal conviction. Her career in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector spans 20 years. Before Kendeda, Tené worked at The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, United Way, and The Zeist Foundation. She has experience in community development, neighborhood transformation, HIV/AIDS, interfaith relations, affordable housing, education justice/reform, criminal justice, and economic justice/community wealth building.

Tené has a Master of Public Administration (MPA) with a concentration in public policy and nonprofit administration from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Georgia State University.  She is on the board of The Center for Community Progress, Georgia Grantmakers Association, and the co-founder and current board chair for the Atlanta Wealth Building Initiative.

Wesley Longhofer is Associate Professor of Organization & Management in the Goizueta Business School at Emory University, where he also holds appointments in sociology, ethics, and the Emory Global Health Institute. He is the Academic Director of Social Enterprise @ Goizueta and the forthcoming Roberto C. Goizueta Institute for Business and Society. Some of his published work on charitable organizations, environmental protection, and international law has appeared in the American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Administrative Science Quarterly, and Social Forces. His research on climate change and the energy sector has been funded by the National Science Foundation and his co-authored book, Super Polluters: Tackling the World’s Largest Sites of Climate-Disrupting Emissions, will be published this summer by Columbia University Press. More recently, Wes has been examining the nonprofits and social enterprises that high school students start as they prepare for college. Wes received his PhD in sociology from the University of Minnesota in 2011.

Students take a leadership assessment the second day of class to split up into groups

  • Groups are specific to different regions of Atlanta and each student has a specific role on the team, including:
    • Giving Philosophy Co-leads
    • Site Visit Co-leads
    • Investment Committee Rep
    • Team Historian/Philanthropy Lab Lead
  • Each group is assigned a Community Coach that serves as their point of contact to work closely with the organizations in their region
  • Each group allocates two grants and any other incentive money is decided on as a class

Partnered with Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta

Groups all come up with a team charter and giving philosophy

All students complete a briefing book that summarizes everything worked on from the semester, including:

  • Giving philosophy
  • Nominated grantee candidates
  • Funding decision rationale
  • Recommended funding amounts
  • And if applicable funding restrictions

First half of the class focuses on the role of foundations in addressing public problems & the history of the regions of Atlanta

Second half of the class dives into how philanthropic investments are made, how orgs are selected and how gifts are evaluated.

In 2021, class is partnering with Atlanta’s Center for Civic Innovation to source applicants for student selected grants. The Center for Civic Innovation has worked alongside more than 80 civic leaders throughout Atlanta over the last 5 years to support the start and growth of nonprofit organizations.

The 2021 class featured a number of special guest lectures from leaders at several different key philanthropic and community ecosystem organizations including The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Southeastern Council of Foundations, and others.

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