Podcast featuring Baylor Professor Andy Hogue on Philanthropy & Public Service

By Baylor Connections
Published in Baylor Connections on OCTOBER 5, 2018
Podcast featuring Baylor Professor Andy Hogue on Philanthropy and Public Service
The Philanthropy & Public Service Program in the Baylor Honors College trains students to solve problems and think beyond themselves by pairing academic learning with service to the community.

Andy Hogue, senior lecturer in the Honors College and director of the program, shares more about this Baylor hidden gem, which has enabled students to distribute more than $500,000 to area non-profit organizations.


What to do with $50k: A Lesson In Global Giving

By Nancy Joseph
Published in University of Washington College of Arts & Sciences on July 2018
University of Washington Spring 2018 Giving Ceremony
Imagine you’ve unexpectedly received a hefty inheritance. (Congratulations!) Determined to spread the wealth, you plan to donate $50,000 to a good cause. But how do you choose which cause to support?

Students in “Social Justice Through Philanthropy,” a spring quarter seminar course, faced this question after receiving $50,000 to distribute to philanthropic organizations.

Though the students were not donating their own hard-earned cash, the decision weighed on them.

“All of us took these grant proposals really seriously, and I’d like to think that we would have chosen the same organizations even if it had been money coming directly from our pockets,” says Song, who was on the Human Rights team.

Tiasevanakul adds that “there were nights where I would fall asleep lost in my thoughts and worries concerning the class. Because it was not my own money, I felt the need to make the most out of it and not waste a single penny.”


University of Washington Students Receive Hands-On Lesson in the Art of ‘Doing Good’ in the World through Philanthropy

By Global Washington
Published in Global Washington on June 8, 2018
University of Washington students give back
On Tuesday, June 5, five Global Washington member non-profits received grants from students at the University of Washington for their global programs, ranging from $5,000 to $25,000.

The grant-making was part of a new course on philanthropy for social impact, taught by Stephen Meyers, assistant professor in the UW Department of Law, Societies, and Justice.

Funding for the grants was provided by the Philanthropy Lab, a private foundation that is dedicated to increasing philanthropy education at U.S. universities.

University of Washington President, Ana Mari Cauce, speaking at the giving ceremony on Tuesday night, jokingly mourned the fact that she hadn’t been invited to audit the class, noting what an incredible opportunity it was for the students to receive such a hands-on opportunity to learn about philanthropy.

Global Washington partnered with the UW class, offering a framework for evaluating the diverse array of work being done in global development today, and soliciting grant proposals from 22 of its non-profit members in the areas of education, food security, global health, human rights and democracy, and refugee crises.


Strategic Philanthropy class awards $62,500 to area nonprofits

By Kelli Levey Reynolds
Published in Mays Business School on May 4, 2018
Texas A&M Spring 2018 class awards $62,500 to area nonprofits
Students in the Strategic Philanthropy class at Mays Business School awarded $62,500 to six local nonprofit organizations at a celebration on May 3. After researching local nonprofit organizations for the semester, students in the class awarded gifts ranging from $2,400 to $17,500.

That brings the total allocations since the class started in 2016 to $318,000.

Kyle Gammenthaler, lecturer and Coordinator of Social Impact Initiatives at Mays, described at the celebration in the Wehner Building the impact of the course on both the students and the nonprofit organizations. “Strategic Philanthropy provides students with an opportunity to experience generosity firsthand,” Gammenthaler said. “For many students, this is the beginning of a life filled with service and meaningful engagement with nonprofits in our communities and around the world.”


Giving To Learn: Rice students award $50K to local nonprofits

By Katharine Shilcutt
Published in Rice University News & Media on May 1, 2018
Rice students make grants to seven Houston-area nonprofits.
Last year, Rice became the 22nd partner of The Philanthropy Lab, a Fort Worth-based organization dedicated to supporting philanthropy education at universities. It joined a cohort of schools including Harvard, Stanford and Columbia that offer an annual course in charitable giving that culminates in the distribution of real money to local organizations. This year, students in “Giving To Learn: Philanthropy in Theory and Practice” were able to award nearly double the amount raised by that initial 2017 class and presented $50,000 to seven Houston nonprofits.

At the April 19 awards ceremony in the Moody Center for the Arts, Danika Burgess, director of curriculum and fellowships for Rice’s Center for Civic Leadership (CCL), introduced course instructor Vida Avery and the 13 students who spent the semester reviewing proposals and deliberating the merits and missions of the dozens of nonprofits that applied for the grants.

“As philanthropy has filled the void created by decreases in public funding, it is important for a healthy democracy that citizens possess the critical tools to assess allocation and efficacy of these resources,” said Burgess. “This course provided students the opportunity to learn about the history and role of philanthropy in America and to serve as grant-makers themselves.”


Nashville charities benefit from Vanderbilt philanthropy class

By Joan Brasher
Published in Vanderbilt News on April 25, 2018
Vanderbilt students donated $59,000 to four Nashville nonprofits. Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos was also on hand for the presentations.
Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos helped undergraduates distribute donation checks totaling $59,000 to four Nashville charities as part of a unique class that teaches undergraduates the importance and value of philanthropy.

“Philanthropy and Social Problem Solving” is offered by the Department of Human and Organizational Development at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of education and human development. The class is a partnership with The Philanthropy Lab of Fort Worth, Texas, which entrusts classes with funds, in this case $50,000, to distribute to area nonprofits as their final project.

“This event reflects the very best of Vanderbilt and Peabody and our deep and lasting connections with our community,” Zeppos said. “The heart of Human and Organizational Development, and what Professor Shinn does as an extraordinary scholar, is to develop students’ knowledge—not by sitting in an ivory tower but by allowing students to experiment in the real world and make a difference for the organizations serving the citizens of Nashville and Tennessee. The heart of great education is putting theory into practice, and that is what HOD is all about.”

Taught by Professor Marybeth Shinn, the students were divided into four groups. After selecting a social issue, they spent a semester learning about the power of philanthropy, debating approaches to change and researching the outcomes of area charities that work to resolve the selected social issue. Each group then chose a nonprofit to receive a donation.


Mays Business School students select five area nonprofits to share in $62,500 as part of philanthropy class

Published in The Eagle on Dec 31, 2017
Texas A&M students award $62,500
Students in the Mays Business School's strategic philanthropy class at Texas A&M recently allocated $62,500 to five area nonprofits after doing months of research as part of the fall semester's course.

According to a press release from the Mays Business School, one month into the class, the student board began evaluating 43 nonprofit applications for funding. The board narrowed down the list to 10 organizations that would be visited, with students conducting interviews to gain a deeper understanding of the organizations.

From that group, five nonprofits were selected to receive funding. Those receiving money from the class are: Family Promise, which helps families struggling with homelessness; K9s4COPS, which addresses the need for specially trained dogs to assist local police departments; Mission Reclaimed, which deals with urgent hunger-related needs; Mobility Worldwide, which provides dignity for those who are unable to walk; and Save Our Streets Ministries, which works to help those in drug- or gang-infested environments work toward a new way of life.

Funding for the grants comes from the Philanthropy Lab and -- new this year -- the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation's Community Grant Program. Since the program's inception, the class has distributed more than $250,000 to 18 organizations, 90 percent of which are in the Brazos Valley.

"Our students learn so much about philanthropy, and they learn to recognize giving at a high level," Mays Business School Dean Eli Jones said in a statement of the students' assumption of roles as board members while essentially running a private foundation for a semester. "They said how hard it is to give money. That's not something most people understand until they are involved in the process."

Kyle Gammenthaler, lecturer and coordinator for social impact initiatives at the school, said there were many organizations worthy of receiving funding.

"This class embraces the difficulty that surrounds the inescapable fact that our resources can't fully measure up to our needs," he said. "There are still pressing needs that require significantly more resources to solve, but we've taken a step forward. Every step forward is a step closer to solving problems that ail our society."


In second year, UW’s Philanthropy Lab class awards $50,000 to three nonprofit groups

By Doug Erickson
Published in University of Wisconsin-Madison News on December 20, 2017
UW-Madison students present checks to three charities.
At Horizon High School in Madison, fundraising is always a challenge, says director Traci Goll.

The school serves students recovering from drug and alcohol abuse, a constituency that doesn’t tend to elicit the same kind of immediate sympathy as those helped by many other nonprofits, Goll says. Yet the work is vital.

“We’re changing lives and empowering kids,” she says. “We want them to be healthy, happy and sober again.”

Horizon High School was one of three Madison-area nonprofit organizations chosen to receive money this semester from the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Philanthropy Lab class.

Based at the School of Human Ecology, the three-credit class offers an innovative learning opportunity in philanthropic giving. At the end of the semester, students distribute $50,000 to nonprofit groups of their choice following a rigorous assessment and evaluation process they develop. This year, the students awarded $10,000 to Horizon High School, $15,000 to Malawi Children’s Village, and $25,000 to Maydm.


'We value philanthropy': Students distribute $101,000 in grants for Philanthropy Lab

By Ben Leonard
Published in The Chronicle on December 13, 2017
Students in Duke University's inaugural Philanthropy Lab class donate $101k to nonprofit organizations.
Duke was founded on the philanthropy of James B. Duke. Now, its students have found a way to give back—in class.

Students in the first-year seminar, named Values in Action, partnered with the Philanthropy Lab, a national philanthropic organization, to present a combined $101,000 in grant funding to a variety of organizations Monday. President Vincent Price, speaking before the students at the presentation, said that he believes philanthropy is ingrained into the culture at the school.

“Virtually everything that is done at this University day in and day out—every course like this we teach, every new discovery made, every life that is saved or improved by our health system—is a direct outgrowth of the wonderful philanthropy that sustains this university,” Price said. “We value philanthropy and live by philanthropy in many respects.”

Taught by professor of religious studies Laura Suzanne Lieber and Christy Lohr Sapp, associate dean for religious life at Duke Chapel, the class was the first ever to partner with the Duke Philanthropy Lab. Students were placed in subcommittees of various topics throughout the course of the seminar to decide where to allocate funds.

“The most enjoyable part of this is the decision-making that you’ve undertaken is allowing you to provide some resources that will be put to some extraordinarily good use,” Price said. “At the end of the day, that is what drives the philanthropic impulse—to do good works and do things that would not otherwise be achievable without philanthropy.”


Inaugural Philanthropy Course Impacts Local Organizations

By Pepperdine University News
Published in Pepperdine University News on December 8, 2017
Pepperdine students donated to four local nonprofits as part of inaugural course.
On December 6 Seaver College students enrolled in the inaugural Philanthropy for Social Change course (offered through the nonprofit management minor) hosted the first-ever Philanthropy for Social Change Funding Reception at the Fireside Room on the Malibu campus. The students granted four local organizations with substantial funds—presented as large novelty checks—to help support and raise awareness for their notable causes.

Led by Peter Thompson, who is also the director of the Pepperdine Volunteer Center, the brand-new course focuses on the philosophy behind philanthropy and requires in-depth research of numerous organizations and individual philanthropists that have made positive and impactful contributions to the communities they serve.

“As we were learning what philanthropy is, we were also putting [the concepts] into action. We were researching, talking with each other, and learning how to communicate with the organizations. So the way we approached it was perfect for me,” shared Seaver sophomore Alexis Johnson at the reception. “We partnered with each other and with the organizations. The process was amazing, and I learned a lot about myself and what I value, and it was [eye-opening] to hear everyone else’s opinions and see what they value.”


Batten class awards grants to help Charlottesville housing crisis

By Sydney Bradley
Published in The Cavalier Daily on 12/04/2017
Over $100,000 was awarded to Charlottesville non-profit organizations
The Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy hosted an awards ceremony for the grants given out by the class “Foundations, NGO’s and Public Policy” last Friday. The grants this year were focused on Charlottesville housing issues.

The class is taught and organized by Paul Martin, assistant professor of public policy, and Grey McLean, lecturer of public policy and director of the Adiuvans Foundation. The Batten class gave over $100,000 to seven different nonprofits in the Charlottesville area. Of these seven grants, two capacity grants were supported by the Once Upon a Time Foundation and five were funded by the Adiuvans Foundation.

The Adiuvans Foundation is a private foundation based in Charlottesville which established the Adiuvans Relief Fund that provides support to local nonprofits to address food insecurity, affordable housing and health. The fund provides primarily to organizations located in central Virginia. The foundation sponsored most of the grants awarded to the local organizations. The PPOL 4725 class is tasked with advising the Adiuvans Foundation on awarding the grants, but the foundation has the final decision on recipients.

“On the goals of the class, I’d say that at the broadest level, we try to show the students the role that nonprofit organizations play within the policy arena,” Martin said about the organizations involved with the course. “They are front-line implementers of a significant amount of social policy — they are problem-definers who help communities understand and confront problems and they are lead advocates for policy changes.”


The Gift of Giving

By Danielle Truglio
Published in The Huffington Post on July 23, 2017
Students in the food insecurity group presenting their donation to a representative from Hunger Free America (far right).
Earlier this year, I wrote an article about knowing when to give and when to walk; an internal struggle I deal with on a daily basis. As the year went on, the burden felt heavier. So much has happened since I wrote that post. This is not the first time the world has seen tragedy and it is certainly not the last. However as an emerging young adult, I now feel a deeper sense of responsibility than I did before. My entire life’s work up until now was preparing me for “the moment,” the one when the safeguards of college suddenly dissipate and you realize you’re about to face the world around you, unfortified and afraid.

As these thoughts were racing through my head, I figured I ought to do what I do best, throw myself into my studies by emailing my cherished professor about a course she was teaching in the spring. I was uncertain of almost everything, but the decision to register for her course was one thing I was sure of…and I was correct. The class was called “Philanthropy and Social Difference,” although I feel as though I’m doing it a disservice by calling it a class. Funded by The Philanthropy Lab, this course gave 25 fortunate students at Columbia University the opportunity and the means to thoughtfully select three organizations and present them with a generous grant.


UCI Students Award 70,000 in Funding to Eight Local Nonprofits Through New Experiential Philanthropy Course

By UCI Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning
Published in UCI News on May 12, 2017
UCI's inaugural class donated to eight organizations in Los Angeles and Orange Counties.
What is an experiential philanthropy course? It is a course that allows students to learn about the giving process and its effects on institutions and society, while also practically allocating real money to nonprofit organizations.

Under the guidance of Gillian Hayes, Kleist Professor in Informatics and the Faculty Director for the cross-disciplinary minor in civic and community engagement, students study local, national and global communities, addressing needs through philanthropic gifts to organizations that need support. During the 10-week course, students worked through a research-based, decision-making and selection process.

“UCI seeks to foster leadership and citizenship in our students,” says Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning and Dean of Undergraduate Education, Michael Dennin. “Students who have completed an experiential philanthropy course report they are likely to give more and to give more thoughtfully than they would have prior to the course.”

The class would not have happened were it not for a foundation, The Philanthropy Lab, that contacted Dean Dennin to start discussions about gifting $50,000 in seed money to get this program started.


Rice course teaches students about philanthropy

By Amy McCaig
Published in Rice University News & Media on May 11, 2017
Students in Rice's inaugural course awarded grants to five nonprofit organizations.
A new class offered this semester through Rice University’s Center for Civic Leadership (CCL) taught students about the role of philanthropy in addressing social issues and gave them real experience with awarding grants to nonprofit organizations.

Thirteen undergraduates and one graduate student enrolled in “Giving to Learn,” a three-credit academic course launched this spring. They studied with Vida Avery, a Houston fundraising professional, to learn about the history and role of philanthropy and to learn to be grant makers themselves.

Throughout the semester, students requested proposals from nonprofit organizations that already had a relationship with the CCL and vetted the organizations and proposals through a rigorous process. After deliberation, the students chose five organizations to receive grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.

Funding for the course was provided by the Philanthropy Lab, a Dallas-based national foundation that supports high-quality programs in philanthropy education. All of the funding went toward the awards distributed by the students.


Philanthropy Students Learn the Power of Giving

By Georgette Jasen
Published in The Record on May 10, 2017
Eighteen Columbia students learn about the power of giving in the university's inaugural Philanthropy Lab course.
Eighteen Columbia undergraduates learned about the power of philanthropy this semester—by giving away $67,000.

They were students in a new course called “Philanthropy and Social Difference,” funded by a grant from The Philanthropy Lab, a nonprofit that seeks to teach college students about charitable giving by providing them with funds to donate.

“Columbia students are so very interested in social justice,” said Rachel Adams, professor of English and comparative literature, who teaches the course with Victoria Rosner, adjunct associate professor of English and comparative literature and dean of academic affairs at the School of General Studies. “This was an opportunity to make a concrete impact.”


Vanderbilt students cap off philanthropy class with $75,000 gift to local charities

By Joan Brasher
Published in Vanderbilt News on May 5, 2017
Vanderbilt students allocate $75k to Nashville organizations.
The U.S. encourages philanthropy, building it right into the tax code. Anyone making regular charitable donations appreciates this at tax time. But not everyone comes naturally by a spirit of giving. Education about charitable giving can instill knowledge of the value of philanthropy to the American civic fabric and the role of non-profit organizations in strengthening communities.

Nearly 30 Vanderbilt University students received such an education this spring when they enrolled in Philanthropy and Social Problem Solving, a course offered by Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of education and human development as part of its human and organizational development (HOD) major.


Baylor students study community needs, award grants to 12 nonprofits

By Phillip Ericksen
Published in The Waco Tribune-Herald on May 3, 2017
Baylor students donate to a dozen different organizations.
Not an average lecture-style course, Baylor University’s philanthropy and the public good class directs thousands of dollars to nonprofit groups after students determine where the money will best improve the community.

Andy Hogue, director of Baylor’s Philanthropy and Public Service Program, has taught the course for three years. This semester, the course took on a life of its own when the handful of student groups collaborated with each other and studied models projecting the impact of specific gifts, in some cases “quantifying stubbornly qualitative things,” Hogue said.

“They’re confronted with a reality they weren’t expecting: It’s that giving is complex,” Hogue said. “In their hard work to navigate that complexity over the ensuing few weeks and months of the semester, they employed considerable talents in impressive ways. They’ve asked each other some really hard questions.”


UVA Public Policy Students Give Back to Community Nonprofits

By Spencer Burke
Published in NBC29 on May 03, 2017
UVA students allocate $50,000 to four local nonprofits.
Public policy students at the University of Virginia are lending a helping hand to nonprofits in the area. That’s allowing those organizations to bank more money.

At a luncheon on grounds Wednesday, students from UVA's Frank Batten School of Public Policy awarded just under $50,000 in grants to four organizations in the community. It is all part of the students' capstone project.

The money will benefit The Haven, Albemarle Housing Improvement Program (AHIP), Trauma-Informed Care Network, and Region Ten.

Student groups were assigned a population or topic to dig into at the national, state, and local levels. They looked at the problem, analyzed it, and then based on their research, chose an organization in the community to fund.

“The really incredible part, for me, is we all got so engaged with this because we were working with real money and our decisions and what we were learning will have real impact on people's lives which is a really incredible experience,” said Jeremy Jones, fourth year public policy student.


Learning to give

By Mary Sparacello
Published in Tulane University News on January 9, 2017
Tulane University students award $50,000 in grants to seven New Orleans nonprofits.
Tulane University students enrolled in the “Philanthropy and Social Change” course got a real-life lesson in philanthropy by awarding $50,000 in grants to seven New Orleans nonprofits.

The Philanthropy Lab, a foundation supporting philanthropy education at universities, sponsored the course for the second year; it wrapped up with an awards ceremony in December.

Tulane President Mike Fitts addressed the students at the ceremony. “Every day of your life will bring opportunities to matter – to solve problems, to change systems, to serve people, to make the world just a little bit more fair, a little bit more kind. I can’t wait to see what you accomplish with your lives,” he said.


UW’s first Philanthropy Lab class to award $50,000 to nonprofit groups

By Mike Klein
Published in University of Wisconsin-Madison News on December 8, 2016
Five nonprofit groups were allocated $10,000 each by UW-Madison students.
On Dec. 12, members of the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s first Philanthropy Lab class awarded $10,000 each to five local nonprofits, in the culmination of a new semester-long course that offered an innovative learning opportunity in philanthropic giving.

The class at the School of Human Ecology, created in partnership with the Morgridge Center for Public Service, is sponsored by the Philanthropy Lab, a nationwide nonprofit that along with donor partners has given more than $5.6 million to build philanthropy education at 22 universities across the United States.

“It is a joy to see the work of dedicated students, staff and faculty come to fruition in this hands-on philanthropy course experience. Many people have worked hard to make this Philanthropy Lab course happen, and it is yet another demonstration of the innovative ways this campus community strives to serve the broader public,” says Kathy Cramer, director of the Morgridge Center.


Local nonprofits benefit from Baylor philanthropy course

By Phillip Ericksen
Published in Waco Tribune-Herald on December 6, 2016
Baylor University students allocate $11,500 to The Cove.
Ten local nonprofit groups received parts of $54,000 on Tuesday, courtesy of the popular Baylor University course “Philanthropy and the Public Good.”

Students presented large checks to thankful recipients in the President’s Suite at McLane Stadium.

Andy Hogue has taught the course for five semesters.

“The 10 organizations being awarded grants today are in many respects very different, serving varying ends in the social sector, enriching different segments of our community through their good work,” Hogue said. “But what unites you — in fact, what unites us — is this radical notion of hospitality. The very idea practiced and modeled to us by early Christians who set off to tell the world there is no ‘us and them.’ We are God’s, and it is incumbent upon us, a gift to us, that we’re able to share with another.”


Baylor students giveaway $54,000 to nonprofits

By Sarah Macias
Published in MyCenTx on December 6, 2016
Baylor University students allocate $6,000 to Mission Waco.
Baylor University students in the fall “Philanthropy and the Public Good” class presented $54,000 in grants to 10 local nonprofit organizations during a ceremony Tuesday at McLane Stadium.

Each fall and spring semester since fall 2014, and in partnership with dozens of inspiring social sector organizations, the students have stewarded and given away a total of $331,835 in grants to more than 40 local nonprofits.

The following are the nonprofits who received a check:

World Hunger Relief, Inc. ($4,000); Mission Waco ($6,000); Texas Hunger Initiative ($10,000); LIT Waco ($2,760); Talitha Koum Institute ($7,240); Creative Waco ($5,000); Youth Chorus of Central Texas ($2,200); Cultural Arts of Waco ($2,800); Family Abuse Center ($2,500); The Cove ($11,500).


Family supports Mays course that teaches philanthropy

By Kelli R. Levey
Published in Mays Impacts on October 13, 2016
Philanthropy is a way of life for the VanLoh family.
After seeing how much their daughter Grace learned in a new “Strategic Philanthropy” course at Mays Business School, Wil and Jennifer VanLoh donated money to fund the next two courses. A portion of their $140,000 gift to Mays through the Texas A&M Foundation will provide grants for students to distribute to local nonprofits through the course, while remaining funds will help cover operating costs.


The course that debuted last spring gives undergraduate students at Mays first-hand experience in the world of nonprofit work. In the first program of its kind to be offered at an SEC school and the first at a business school, students get the chance to learn about various facets of philanthropy, hear from philanthropic leaders and experience the grant-making process from a foundation’s perspective.


Honors Philanthropy Class Students Advocate for Nonprofit at National Conference

Published in John V. Roach Honors College News on July 6, 2016
TCU students advocate for Educational First Steps at the Philanthropy Lab Ambassadors Conference in Dallas.
TCU graduate and Honors Laureate Maddie Reddick (‘16) and Honors senior Blair Guilfoile represented TCU, the John V. Roach Honors College and the nonprofit Educational First Steps at the Philanthropy Lab National conference held during the final week of June.

The conference, which took place at the Omni Hotel in Dallas over the course of three days, brought together representatives from 13 schools where courses sponsored by The Philanthropy Lab are taught. Students and recent alumni from Baylor, Northwestern, Stanford, Texas A&M, Tulane, UCLA, University of Chicago, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, University of Texas, University of Virginia, Vanderbilt and TCU participated in the conference.

Representatives from each university advocated for a nonprofit nominated by their respective classes. The goal of the conference was for representatives to learn more about giving and participate in debates that led to granting four $25,000 grants.


The View From the Playground

By Shane's Inspiration
Published in Shane's Inspiration Blog on June 9, 2016
UCLA students allocate $25,000 to Shane's Inspiration.
Madelyn Alfano, owner of Maria’s Italian Kitchen and a founding Shane’s Inspiration former Board Member and current Corporate Advisory Board Member, introduced our organization to an incredible course, the UCLA Disability Studies Philanthropy Class.

We were represented in this program by two fabulous and committed students: Chelsea Saurer and Nasim Andrews. The twenty students from the course interviewed 10 non-profits and presented them to their classmates. The students then voted on how much of a $100,000 grant they would award to each non-profit.

We are grateful to announce that on Tuesday night, Shane’s Inspiration was awarded $25,000 to further our mission!

Thank you to the sponsors of The Philanthropy Lab at UCLA: Once Upon A Time Foundation, Monica Salinas, Don Shepherd, and Women & Philanthropy at UCLA for their generous support of this unique and impactful lab class!


Learning Philanthropy Class Donates $100,000 to Charities

By Marilyn Sherman
Published in Northwestern School of Education and Social Policy News on June 8, 2016
For the fourth year, Northwestern students allocate $100k to NPOs.
For the fourth year, students in SESP’s Learning Philanthropy course worked together to donate funds to nonprofit organizations that benefit children and adults. After studying the history and practice of philanthropic giving and researching local charities, the class made donations totaling $100,000.

Student task forces investigated six key areas of philanthropy: arts and culture, child/youth development, education, environment and sustainability, community and neighborhood development and mental health. During their decision making process, students confronted many of the policies, politics and practices that influence giving decisions.


Into the Classroom: A Lesson on Philanthropy and Economic Inequality

By Megan Tompkins-Stange
Published in Education Week on May 27, 2016
A Lesson on Philanthropy and Economic Inequality
As a Rob Reich acolyte, I thought it only fitting to end my brief tenure at #RHSU with a few reflections on key normative challenges in education philanthropy. Also in honor of Rob, who is by far the best teacher I've ever known (though apparently he didn't start out that way), I'll ask these questions as I would in my undergraduate seminar on philanthropy. The course is funded by the Once Upon A Time Foundation, which makes grants of $50,000 or more annually to classes that engage an experiential philanthropy component, wherein students are given responsibility to re-grant the money to nonprofit organizations as they see fit.

So, imagine you're in the classroom and, as Rob would say, "Let the dilemma grip you." (As a caveat, I make it a point to never let the students know what I think about a particular issue, until the last day of class, so that I don't bias their thinking in any way.)

You have $50 million—to give away in a philanthropic manner. You've decided, as a loyal reader of RHSU, that you'll focus solely on the field of education. Take 60 seconds to brainstorm about how will you spend it. What will you do?


New type of giving hotter by the second thanks to college students

By Kevin Wong
Published in USA TODAY College on May 17, 2016
Across the globe, college students are voluntarily giving at least 10% of their incomes, every single year, for the rest of their lives.

This is no trivial commitment. The 1,791 people who have already joined in have collectively donated more than $15 million to the charities of their choice, with their projected lifetime gifts valued at greater than $700 million.

Their lifetime pledge is part of Giving What We Can, an organization that belongs to an rising movement known as effective altruism.

“Effective altruists” believe that the best kind of philanthropy is an enterprise of both head and heart – that giving should be inspired by a desire to make the world better, but also informed by the knowledge that judicious charity can do vastly more good than haphazard generosity. Armed with evidence and research, effective altruists look for ways to maximize the impact of each dollar that they spend.


9 local nonprofits receive gifts from Baylor philanthropy course

By Phillip Ericksen
Published in Waco Tribune on May 3, 2016
Baylor students award 9 community NPOs $50,000.
A group of Baylor University students presented a total of $52,250 in donations to nine nonprofit groups Tuesday to cap a semester of learning about philanthropic work. During the presentation in the President’s Suite at McLane Stadium, President Ken Starr recognized the 19 students in the spring “Philanthropy and the Public Good” course, who then presented portions of the $52,250 to nonprofit representatives.

Students met with dozens of nonprofit groups this semester before deciding on the nine that best aligned with the following community needs: health and wellness; hunger and homelessness; children, youth and education; human services and civil rights; community development; and culture, arts and the environment.

“It sort of gets more fun as we go,” said Andy Hogue, who taught the course for the fourth semester. “It continues to have stellar students who are devoted to this work, who take it very seriously, who view it as sacred work in many ways.”


Vanderbilt class donates $60,000 to area nonprofits

By Joan Brasher
Published in Vanderbilt News on April 29, 2016
Vanderbilt students allocate $60k to community nonprofits.
Vanderbilt students gave $60,000 to three Nashville charities on April 25, the final day of a spring semester class on philanthropy.

Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of education and human development partnered with The Philanthropy Lab to create the unique class, Philanthropy and Social Problem Solving, as a part of the Community Leadership and Development track in the Department of Human and Organizational Development (HOD). The Philanthropy Lab provided funds for the students to donate to charities of their choosing at the conclusion of the class.

Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos and Camilla P. Benbow, Patricia and Rodes Hart Dean of Education and Human Development, were on hand to present checks to Rocketown ($22,108.96), the Nashville International Center for Empowerment ($20,000) and the Nashville Food Project ($17,891.04).


Civic Engagement Students Awarded $10,000 for Capstone Project

By Marilyn Sherman
Published in Northwestern School of Education and Social Policy on April 27, 2016
Philanthropy Lab alum win $10k grant for Allow Good program.
Allow Good Northwestern, a new student-run education program led by four Northwestern students, won a grant of $10,000 to continue its work on youth philanthropy. The program began as a capstone project for the Civic Engagement Certificate Program at the School of Education and Social Policy.

Recently the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy at Brandeis University awarded its top Generous U grant to Allow Good Northwestern, composed of SESP students Fannie Koltun, Matt Herndon and Imani Wilson and Communication student Rachel Sepulveda. The Northwestern group, a partnership with the Evanston nonprofit Allowance for Good, applied for the grant in collaboration with a similar program at the University of Chicago.


Op-Ed: Altruism in philanthropy

By Micah Nelson
Published in The Michigan Daily on April 13, 2016
Michigan student reflects on experiences in philanthropy course.
Every Thursday morning, I walk into Weill Hall, climb three flights of stairs, open the door to a boardroom overlooking State Street and am transformed from a fourth-year college student into a member of a philanthropic foundation tasked with distributing $50,000.


Endowed with a grant from The Philanthropy Lab, a foundation dedicated to charitable education, Public Policy 475: Philanthropic Foundations (the section taught by Megan Tompkins-Stange) explores what it means to give away money. My 14 classmates and I dissect standards for giving, who is “worthy” of philanthropic funding and how we see ourselves giving in the future. Across the country, there are 13 other universities exploring these same themes, all to the tune of a very real $50,000 to be given away at the conclusion of the semester.


I am a senior now, and I am planning on working in the nonprofit sector, so this course aligns perfectly with my own career aspirations. However, it flips the script on my ambitions — I anticipate I will be spending the next few years of my life raising money, rather than giving it away. I have come to the conclusion that it’s a lot more fun to be giving away money for a cause than asking for money for a cause. As a donor (rather than a fundraiser), I feel immensely powerful. I have $50,000 burning a hole in my pocket, and it’s my decision who gets to take home a slice of the pie.


Strategic Philanthropy course brings nonprofit experience to undergraduates

By Kelli Levey
Published in Mays Business Online on February 1, 2016
Strategic Philanthropy course begins at Texas A&M in the Mays School of Business.
There is more to philanthropy than oversized checks, and a group of Mays Business School students are the first at Texas A&M University to learn first-hand about the steps leading up to donations. The new course on Strategic Philanthropy – the first at an SEC school – will allow students to allocate $50,000 in grant money to nonprofit organizations. First, they will spend weeks learning about the organizations vying for funds, then make presentations to their classmates to guide the allocation decisions. The students will send out requests for proposals (RFPs), conduct site visits and write grant proposals.


Course instructor Kyle Gammenthaler ’11, a senior academic advisor at Mays, said the course’s benefits are twofold – the students will learn about nonprofits and some local organizations will receive additional funds. “The students who have gone through the process will be comfortable sitting at a table in any board room or serving in leadership positions where they have to research projects and allocate funds,” he said. “That will give them a leg up, because no matter what you do, what role you have, you are going to encounter nonprofit organizations. Without that understanding, at worst you’re a neutral third-party observer. At best, you understand the unique rules and processes of the nonprofit world.”


Philanthropy Course Awards $50,000 to Nine Local Non-profits

By Mary Sparacello
Published in Tulane School of Liberal Arts News on December 15, 2015
Students present a $5000 check to Sankofa Community Development Corporation.
Tulane Students in the School of Liberal Arts course “Philanthropy and Social Change” awarded a total of $50,000 to nine New Orleans non-profits in a ceremony at the Lavin-Bernick Center Friday (Dec. 11).

“Giving away money isn’t easy,” Michele Adams, an associate professor of sociology, said at the ceremony. “Contributing to worthy causes is difficult, thought-provoking and so rewarding.”

The students in the semester-long course started in the fall with a list of 60 non-profits. To decide how to distribute the $50,000, students split into five groups and conducted research, interviews and site visits. The course was supported by a grant from the Once Upon a Time Foundation’s The Philanthropy Lab, which supports philanthropic education at universities.

Students raved about the unique course that brought them deep into the New Orleans community. “The things that I learned in this class will stick with me for a long time,” says Addison Altholz, a senior majoring in sociology.


Baylor Class Distributes $50,000 to Local Nonprofits

By Phillip Ericksen
Published in Waco Trib on December 8, 2015
Baylor students allocate $50k to local NPOs.
Students of the Baylor University Philanthropy Lab course presented a portion of more than $50,000 to seven local nonprofits Tuesday in the North Village Community Center.

The Once Upon a Time Foundation, a Fort Worth-based program, operates the Philanthropy Lab and provides the money students decide how to distribute. The foundation works with universities across the country, including Harvard University and the University of Chicago.

This is the third semester a Baylor class has given to local nonprofits.

Andy Hogue, director of Baylor’s Philanthropy and Public Service Program and an honors program lecturer, taught the course.


Money Monday: Choosing the Right Charity to Support

By Deanna Dewberry
Published in NBC DFW on November 23, 2015
TCU students present grant to Real School Gardens, which unites the community to design a learning garden.
Lots of people give to charities during the holiday season, but your dollar can have a greater impact depending on which charity you target. Donating to charity is a two-fer: You help a good cause and receive end-of-year tax benefits.

Nearly 75% of all donations come from individuals just like you, not big companies or foundations. The average annual family donation is about $3,000.

Texas Christian University offers a class where students decide where to donate thousands of dollars. The professor of that class said the things they learn can help anyone make a good decision about giving. He said there's one question you should ask any charity before you hand over your hard earned money...


Philanthropy Class Donates $100,000 to Charities

By Marilyn Sherman
Published in Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy News on June 19, 2015
Students present $20,000 to La Casa Norte, which provides housing for homeless. This donation will go toward a vehicle and meals.
For the third year, students in SESP’s Learning Philanthropy course had the opportunity to donate funds to nonprofit organizations that benefit children and adults. After studying the history and practice of philanthropic giving and researching local charities, the class made donations totaling $100,000.

Student task forces investigated six key areas of philanthropy: education, environment and sustainability, arts and culture, child/youth development, human services and civil rights, and eradicating poverty. During their decision making process, students confronted many of the policies, politics and practices that influence giving decisions.

At a June 10 reception with representatives from the selected nonprofits, the six student groups announced the following recipients:
Arts and Culture: Project Onward, $15,000
Child and Youth Development: Girls in the Game, $15,000
Education: Citizen Schools, $18,000
Eradicating Poverty: La Casa Norte, $20,000
Environment and Sustainability: Foresight Design, $12,000
Human Services/Civil Rights: Dreamcatcher Foundation, $20,000


Course on Philanthropy Pays Off

Published in TEXAS Liberal Arts on May 15, 2015
This semester a class of UT Austin freshmen were given the responsibility of deciding how to donate $85,000 to charity.

Philanthropy: The Power of Giving is an undergraduate studies signature course taught by Pamela Paxton, a sociology and government professor in the College of Liberal Arts. The class is designed to teach students about the nonprofit sector and the importance of philanthropy to American society.

Charities receiving donations are:
Pencils of Promise, $25,000 to build a school in Ghana.
Charity: Water, $15,000 to build a well to provide safe drinking water in Africa
Mercy Ships, $15,000 gift that will provide approximately 60 life-saving surgeries in Africa
Any Baby Can, $10,000 to help the lives of Austin children
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, $10,000 funding research toward a cure
Project C.U.R.E., $10,000 restricted donation to send medical supplies to Nepal


Undergraduate studies class donates to six nonprofits

By Anderson Boyd
Published in The Daily Texan on May 15, 2015
UT Austin students present a check to Any Baby Can.
Rather than learn how to make money, students in sociology professor Pamela Paxton’s undergraduate studies class learned how to give theirs away.

Paxton’s class, called “Philanthropy: The Power of Giving,” allowed students to carefully research, vet and debate different nonprofit organizations to donate toward, with six finalists eventually being chosen. On Friday, the class presented these finalists with donations from their $85,000 budget, courtesy of Fort Worth-based organization The Philanthropy Lab.

“We have a lot of classes on how to make money at this University and hardly any to on how to give it away,” Paxton said. “Not only will [this class] help [students’] own giving in the future, but they will be a resource to their friends and family, and I think it invigorates their own desire to give.”


Baylor student-led philanthropy program raises $75,000 for nonprofits

By Waco Tribune-Herald
Published in Regina Dennis on May 4, 2015
The Philanthropy Lab inspires spin-off class at Baylor University.
Baylor University awarded $75,000 in grants to 14 local nonprofit groups selected by students in a spinoff of a course on philanthropy and informed charitable giving the school launched last fall.

Grant recipients included organizations from a variety of social service and community resource agencies, from Care Net Pregnancy Center of Central Texas and World Hunger Relief Inc. to collaborative community-impact collective Prosper Waco.

Students also directed investment to arts initiatives, including a $5,500 grant to fund a Waco Civic Theatre production of “The Great Gatsby” next spring, and $2,070 to Creative Waco for arts and culture programs.

Road to Damascus was awarded the largest grant, receiving $13,905 to purchase a mobile food truck to expand its free dinner program to children in East Waco and rural McLennan County. The nonprofit group feeds hot, nutritious meals to about 725 children each weekday at seven food sites, and the food truck could expand the service to another 600 children, founder and CEO Mia Thomas said.


Why Should We Bother Debating the Business of Giving? A Partnership Piece from the University of Michigan’s Ford School

By Drake Baglietto
Published in The Baines Report on March 7, 2015
On its surface, the nature of philanthropic giving hardly seems to demand the need for public concern. With ISIS causing terror from afar and anti-vaccination parents sowing the seeds of discord from within, surely the idea of debating the subject of tax-deductible contributions to charitable organizations sounds trivial.

But when there are over 1.45 million tax exempt organizations in the U.S. that together accounted for 5.3% of the total GDP in 2014, and when more than two thirds of US citizens are engaged in some sort of charitable giving, it becomes difficult to deny that philanthropy occupies an incredibly important part of the American economic system. Nevertheless, for the economic impact of the industry, charitable giving currently lacks a necessary degree of public attention.


Philanthropy class to continue nonprofit donations this semester

By Kylie Walker
Published in TCU 360 on February 6, 2015
TCU students allocate $15,000 to the Charis Project.
For the last four years, students enrolled in the Nature of Giving class have done more than learn about philanthropy – they have practiced it, too.

The class, called “On Human Nature — Giving and Philanthropy” and taught in the John V. Roach Honors College, receives grant money for charitable causes from The Philanthropy Lab. Students are expected to evaluate nonprofit organizations and distribute the cash accordingly.

This semester, students are expected to distribute $50,000. Past donations have totaled up to $100,000.

“It was crazy,” said Courtney Poey, a senior film-television-digital media major who took the class last spring. “I think a lot of us had a hard time comprehending that you get to give that much money away.”


Philanthropy lab donates $100,000 to Central Texas groups

By Elizabeth Arnold
Published in The Baylor Lariat on January 21, 2015
Students pose with giant checks written from Baylor University to philanthropic organizations.
Eight Waco nonprofit organizations are starting the new year thousands of dollars richer after Baylor’s inaugural “Philanthropy and the Public Good” course distributed $100,000 to those select organizations through a semester-long process.

The course was offered as part of the Philanthropy Lab, a program of the Fort Worth-based private foundation Once Upon a Time. The program works with universities across the country to teach students the value of philanthropy giving by providing them real money to give. Baylor is the 14th school in the program, joining Harvard, Yale, Stanford and others.

“It’s not every day you get a chance to work with $100,000,” said North Richland Hills junior Madison Young, who took the fall class and is serving as a senior advisor for the spring philanthropy class. “It was something you wanted to be doing. There was not only an academic obligation but also a moral obligation.”


The Goal is to Share: Thoughts on Philanthropy, One Semester In

By Andy Hogue and Ross Tarpley
Published in Act Locally Waco blog on January 17, 2015
Baylor students present grant to Act Locally Waco.
Our work and our learning over the course of the semester presented us with a startling realization: higher education is full of opportunities to learn about how to make money, how to handle it, how to get ahead and make one’s way in the world. But there is surprisingly little about how to give—not just of one’s money or in one’s profession, which are important, but also of one’s very self, which is more important.

Giving is complex, and there are many ways to do it. But as Richard Gunderman describes it, “the ultimate goal of philanthropy is not to reduce, prevent, or eliminate need. The ultimate goal of philanthropy is to promote sharing.” And this is an important takeaway—that one of the greatest gifts any human being could ever share with us, or any of us could share with another, is assistance in becoming the best persons, families, institutions, and communities we are capable of being.

Our financial gifts did not eliminate need or “fix” our community’s biggest concerns. They couldn’t, and no amount of financial giving could. The profound lesson is that we all can share of ourselves toward those ends, and when we share of ourselves, at least two things happen: 1) we express our belief in someone else, which promotes hope; 2) we can invite someone to share back with us, which promotes community. Any place marked by hope and community is a place, we’re convinced, with great potential for human flourishing.


Baylor’s unique ‘philanthropy lab’ raises awareness of this community’s needs

By Editorial Staff
Published in Waco Tribune on December 18, 2014
With federal and state funding becoming tighter and society’s needs growing and diverse, philanthropy is sure to be even more critical in the coming decades. This raises a legitimate question: Will up-and-coming generations demonstrate as much charity, thought and good will to causes big and small as Americans have for more than a century?

Baylor University’s inaugural course, “Philanthropy and the Public Good,” paves the way for such acts. Over the past semester, 30 students learned not only how to scrutinize local nonprofits for possible attention but, once they settled on deserving organizations, how to help them write grant applications. (It’s an art all its own.) And this month students marked course’s end by awarding actual grants totalling $100,000 to eight nonprofits, including Family Health Center, Waco Habitat for Humanity, Shepherd’s Heart and the Talitha Koum Institute.

Some might think it a sad state of affairs that the concept of giving must be taught in college. We don’t. From our conversations with some of the students in this class, we’re convinced they never would have signed up for the course if they weren’t already passionately interested in the topic. But the real payoff is teaching the next generation to be smarter and more prudent with the dollars they give to charities and nonprofits, whether it involves $5 or $5 million. More of us could benefit from such a class.


Baylor Students in Inaugural ‘Philanthropy Lab’ Course Present $100,000 in Grants to Local Nonprofits

By Lori Fogleman
Published in Baylor Media Communications on December 9, 2014
Baylor students, with professor Andy Hogue, award $100K to local nonprofits.
Thirty Baylor University students in the university’s first Philanthropy Lab course spent the fall semester learning more than just the history and philosophy of giving back. They also gained $100,000 worth of real-world experience.

Students in the “Philanthropy and the Public Good” class were given the tangible responsibility of directing $100,000 in actual money to deserving local nonprofit organizations.

After a semester-long evaluation process, the class presented grants to the executive directors and boards of eight nonprofit organizations during a reception and award ceremony Dec. 9 on the Baylor campus. The fall 2014 grant recipients are Waco Habitat for Humanity, Family Health Center, Shepherd’s Heart, Communities in Schools for the Heart of Texas, Talitha Koum Institute, Animal Birth Control Clinic, Compassion Ministries and Act Locally Waco.

“What a meaningful experience this has been,” said Andy Hogue, Ph.D., lecturer in political science and director of Civic Education and Community Service Program, who teaches the philanthropy course. “These students are exceptional. They are sharp minds poised for great things, people of mind and heart, who, true to the Baylor mission, value leadership and service.”


Baylor philanthropy course awards $100,000 to eight local nonprofits

By Regina Dennis
Published in Waco Tribune-Herald on December 9, 2014
Philanthropy students and Baylor President Ken Starr (front row, far left) pose with their checks.
Eight local nonprofits have been awarded a portion of $100,000 in grant funds from a Baylor University class focused on philanthropy.

The funds were given to the university from the Fort Worth-based Once Upon A Time Foundation, which chose Baylor to participate in its “Philanthropy Lab” initiative. Through the semester-long course, 30 Baylor students evaluated nearly 70 Waco-area nonprofits to determine how to issue the grants.

Andy Hogue, director of Baylor’s Civic Education and Community Service Program and the senior political science lecturer who taught the course, said the lab offered a unique emphasis on purposeful giving in contrast with the numerous college classes across the county focused on making, managing and spending money.

“It’s an ethic and it’s a skill, and part of what we’re trying to do is cultivate both of those things with the idea being that if these students can develop in themselves this impulse toward generosity, that’s going to bode well for us collectively as a society,” Hogue said.


Next century teaching: Heated debates, hard decisions, and hands-on philanthropy

By Miriam Wasserman
Published in State & Hill on December 9, 2014
Dr. Tompkins-Stange and students present a check to SafeHouse Center.
Deciding how to allocate the money proved to be a very difficult—at times fraught—question for the students, explains Tompkins-Stange. The only requirement that the foundation placed on the class was that the grantees be 501c3s, so while Tompkins-Stange provided extensive scaffolding through readings, lectures, and debates, she was deliberately laissez-faire about the causes the class would address and the geographical areas the students would focus on. “It actually made the class a lot harder to teach,” she says, “but it generated a ton of teachable moments.”

The students separated into groups with common concerns and interests—halting human trafficking, spurring social entrepreneurship, combatting homelessness, and revitalizing Detroit—then each group researched several organizations.

Once they had whittled down their candidates, they presented their selections and advocated for them in front of the whole class.

Heated debates ensued. Should they aim for lasting impact or cover an urgent need? What was their role as relative novices with the power to impact organizations that had years of experience working in their respective areas?

Discussions were partly fueled by the diversity of the class itself, which included students who shared a passion for social justice and social change but came from different racial, socioeconomic, and philosophical backgrounds.


Northwestern Alum Peter Bloom Enlightens Philanthropy Students

By Marilyn Sherman
Published in Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy on May 28, 2014
Peter Bloom speaks to philanthropy students.
Students in the SESP Learning Philanthropy course benefited from real-world lessons in philanthropy from Northwestern alumnus Peter Bloom, himself a philanthropist and board chair of the nonprofit DonorsChoose.org. Sprinkling his talk with intriguing quizzes, a magic trick and case studies of upstart nonprofits, Bloom challenged students with comments about the nonprofit arena, an area with “no easy answers.”

Bloom flew from New York to Chicago to address the unique undergraduate class that SESP dean Penelope Peterson co-teaches with Lauren Young, director emerita of the Spencer Foundation. He is advisory director for General Atlantic and served as managing director for 15 years.

Bloom enthusiastically discussed his work with DonorsChoose.org, an online charity that seeks funders for educational projects. “Teachers request projects for schools, and donors choose” is how Bloom describes the nonprofit, which raises about $1 million a week to improve education, often in high-poverty schools. “Being chairman has been a transformative experience,” Bloom said.


U.Va. Batten School Class Awards $55,000 To Local Nonprofits

By H. Brevy Cannon
Published in UVA Today on May 9, 2014
Paul Martin's Spring 2014 Students
Students in a University of Virginia philanthropy course spent the semester doing something that turned out to be a lot harder than they thought it would be: deciding how to divvy up $55,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations serving the Charlottesville community.

After more than three months of research, site visits, class discussion, debate and deliberation, the students finally got to hand out checks Wednesday at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.

Seven local non-profit organizations and charitable programs received giant checks for grants ranging from $5,000 to $12,500. ...

The question at the heart of deliberations, said third-year Katharine Sadowski, was “What do we really know?” – about a particular need in Charlottesville, or about a given organization and how to measure or compare its effectiveness.

Nonprofit organizations typically do their best to collect data to convey their impacts, but meaningful data is often either elusive or virtually impossible to find for some types of work, said Sadowski, a history major and Batten master’s degree student. For instance, due to privacy laws, groups that work with at-risk youth often have no information about them after they leave the program. Housing, hunger and homelessness are inherently interrelated issues, and one person may receive services from three programs, simultaneously or at different times, that each focus on one leg of the triad.

“We do want to see good data, but at the same time, we don’t want to punish an organization that is doing good work, even though they don’t have data to prove it,” she said. “Imperfect information is a fact of life. Correlation does not equal causation.” But nonprofits have an inherent incentive to make that leap and take credit for observed improvements in lives.


UGS course gives away $100,000 to charities

By Nicole Cobler
Published in The Daily Texan on April 29, 2014
Sociology and public affairs professor Pamela Paxton’s “Philanthropy: The Power of Giving” UGS class is donating $100,000 between five charities as part of their last project for the spring semester.
Students distributed $100,000 among five charities Monday to mark the end of their semester in the UGS class “Philanthropy: The Power of Giving.”

In its third semester, the course allows 41 students to research nonprofit organizations and give away the money after in-class debates and discussions.

Sustainable Harvest, which teaches families of rural villages in Central America how to use sustainable farming techniques, will receive $10,000, Caring For Cambodia will receive $20,000, and $30,000 will go toward building two wells in Ethiopia through the nonprofit organization Charity Water. KIPP Austin, an Austin-based nonprofit that sends underserved students to charter schools, will receive $20,000, and another $20,000 will go to Common Hope, a charity that works to send kids to secondary school in Guatemala.

Each spring semester, $50,000 is given by a foundation outside the University called the Philanthropy Lab to the course’s donation fund, and the rest of the money is raised by the course instructor, Pamela Paxton. Paxton said none of the money that is raised comes from the University.

Paxton, who taught the class for the first time last spring, sees the course as a way for students to evaluate the relative effectiveness of various charities.


Undergraduate class uses $55,000 grant to study the art and impact of philanthropy

Published in Ford School In the News on April 28, 2014
Professor Megan Tompkins-Stange with students from her class "Philanthropic Foundations in the Public Arena"
Students in Public Policy 475: "Philanthropic Foundations in the Public Arena" spent the semester getting a taste of what it means to be a philanthropist in a nonprofit organization. Taught by Lecturer Megan Tompkins-Stange, the class used a $55,000 grant from the Once Upon a Time Foundation to support a semester-long project, in which students collaborated to determine which nonprofit organizations to support, how to allocate and award the funding, and how to evaluate the impact of the gifts.

Tompkins-Stange designed the class to give students a real feel for the tension between the "autonomy [that] allows foundations to achieve effective outcomes by taking risks, innovating with new programs, and moving with more agility than the bureaucratically constrained state," and the amplification of "elite voices outside of democratic processes, leading to normative concerns about power and control by the wealthy within the public realm."

Bachelor's of public policy student Mackenzie Humble explained that the process was both competitive and collaborative. The class ran "very similarly to a foundation board of directors. Each step of the process we split into teams and 'pitched' our organizations while simultaneously completing readings and assignments" about philanthropy.

The class chose to provide grants of $25,000 to Freedom House external link, $20,000 to SafeHouse external link, and $10,000 to Earthworks Urban Farm external link. These three organizations were selected from an initial pool of twenty.


10 Courses With a Twist

By Laura Pappano
Published in New York Times on April 8, 2014
Students in “Philanthropy: Private Initiatives for the Public Good” at the University of Virginia have $50,000 to give away this semester. Most of it goes to Charlottesville-area organizations tackling housing, food or health care access.
We looked around the nation for courses with buzz, according to campus newspapers, higher education experts and enrollment numbers. Students still file into lecture halls and classrooms, but once they’re seated, it’s clear that these courses are different. They mess with the old models. And they give students an experience that might change how they think, what they care about or even how they spend their lives.

PHILANTHROPY: CAN WE MAKE THIS A BETTER WORLD THROUGH GENEROSITY?, Princeton

PHILANTHROPY: PRIVATE INITIATIVES FOR THE PUBLIC GOOD, University of Virginia

Class experience: Having real money, and a deadline for giving it away, lets students feel both the power and the challenge of charitable donations. Since 2011, the Once Upon a Time Foundation has provided some $2.5 million for hands-on learning at 13 campuses, including the University of Virginia and Princeton.

At Princeton, Dr. Katz’s freshman seminar is as much about learning to reach a consensus with 14 others as it is about tackling big questions. “Some of the disagreements are quite profound,” says Dr. Katz, whose students research charities and must persuade classmates to align with them. “Some students feel it makes no sense to give a gift in the United States,” while others find value only in “giving gifts close to home.”


Freshman seminar donates $25,000 at end of course to charitable organizations

By Do-Hyeong Myeong
Published in The Daily Princetonian on February 11, 2014
The fall 2013 freshman seminar FRS 157: Philanthropy donated $25,000 to five nonprofit charity organizations. The largest grant was $7,000 to ZOE International Ministries, followed by $5,000 to Partners in Health, $4,500 each to Pratham USA and Camfed USA, and $4,000 to The Water Project.

This experimental course, led by Wilson School professor Stanley Katz, has been offered by the University every fall since 2012. Over a semester, students learn the basic foundations and historical context of philanthropy, and eventually get the chance to make actual donations using funds provided to the class.

Last fall, the class donated $50,000 also to five different organizations. More than half of the donations were made to organizations focusing on education. One organization that received funding, Give Me a Shot, had been started by a student enrolled in the class.

Funding for the course was provided by The Philanthropy Lab, a nationwide project created by Texas-based philanthropic organization Once Upon a Time Foundation. Lauren Wolter, program director of The Philanthropy Lab, said that the purpose of the project is to provide students with practical experience in philanthropy and the opportunity to think consciously about giving back to society.


Philanthropy in Action: From College to Camp

By Josh Satok
Published in E Jewish Philanthropy on December 26, 2013
My philanthropic journey started over a year ago, in a classroom at Yale University. Over the course of the semester, I participated in what turned out to be the most unique, fascinating, crazy, and rewarding class I have ever taken. Sixteen of us in “Philanthropy in Action” learned about the nonprofit world, different theories of charity, philanthropy, evaluation, and how to strategically give away money. We met with many interesting philanthropists, and in the end had to decide among ourselves how to give away $50,000 of actual money.

In February, after the course had ended, I received an email from the director at Camp Kadimah, a Jewish summer camp out in Nova Scotia, Canada that I’ve been on staff at since 2009, with this past summer serving as Program Director. The subject line of the email read “Potential Opportunity.” My director said that he was thinking of participating in the Jewish Teen Funders Network Camp Philanthropy Program, which sounded similar to my philanthropy class. He wanted to know if I’d want to take on the responsibility of running it with our entering 11th grade CITs.

I immediately wrote him back telling him that we should 100% participate – and we did. He took my advice and our camp joined a group of 39 camps who participated in the Camp Philanthropy Program last summer. In the months leading up to camp, I prepared for the unique opportunity to get to give to these kids at camp an experience like what I’d had at Yale.


Yale Philanthropy students award $100k

By Jim Shelton
Published in New Haven Register on December 4, 2013
Yale University’s Philanthropy In Action class is donating $100,000 to a variety of charitable causes near and far, undergraduate class members announced Wednesday.

The class, taught at Yale each semester, gives students a grounding in philanthropic concepts and shows them how to evaluate the effectiveness of charitable organizations. Maxim Thorne, executive vice president for development at the Paley Center for Media and a former vice president of the NAACP, teaches the course.

The $100,000 in donations will be distributed as follows:

Human Rights Watch, the watchdog group dedicated to human rights, will receive $50,000; JUNTA for Progressive Action, based in New Haven, will receive $16,000; A Better Chance, which helps send young people of color to leading boarding, day and public schools around the country, will receive $6,750.


Transformative Signature Courses: Philanthropy: The Power of Giving

By Trent Lesikar
Published in Texas Undergraduate Studies News on November 7, 2013
UT-Austin students allocate $20,000 to Austin Children's Shelter.
Philanthropy is a far-off thought for most college freshmen, best left to those with deeper pockets. The Signature Course “Philanthropy: The Power of Giving” changes that, giving first-year students real money to donate to charities after a semester of debate and research.

In just two semesters, the class has donated $200,000 to charities, from smaller local organizations like the Lone Star Paralysis Foundation to larger global initiatives like Kiva. Pamela Paxton, professor in the Department of Sociology in the College of Liberal Arts, began teaching the course in the fall of 2012 and will teach it this spring.

“Because I’m a social scientist, we go over the non-profit sector generally, then I emphasize the evaluation of charities,” Paxton said.

The class of about 50 students splits into groups of five. Each group does in-depth analysis of charities and selects the one for which they will advocate. Through a variety of methods, like fierce in-class debates and analysis of Internal Revenue Service documents, the class selects five charities to receive donations.


College students learn how to optimize resources in philanthropy course: Once Upon a Time Foundation provides charitable funding for students to distribute

By William Harms
Published in UChicago News on July 2, 2013
Students participate in the Becoming A Man program, one of the charities to which the philanthropy class chose to donate money.
When a dozen students enrolled last spring in a UChicago College class on philanthropy began talking about how they would spend $50,000, it quickly became clear to them that disadvantaged people in Chicago were in need of some help.

“The students thought that dealing with inequality in Chicago was a persistent problem that needed to be addressed,” said Elisabeth Clemens, the William Rainey Harper Professor of Sociology and the College and Chair of Sociology, who taught the new class for the first time.

The course “Philanthropy: Private Acts and Public Goods” is one of a number of similar classes offered at universities around the country. The Once Upon a Time Foundation in Fort Worth, Texas, gave $50,000 to support a project as part of courses designed to help students better understand the role of giving in society while promoting interest in philanthropy.


U.Va. Philanthropy Class Awards $100,000 in Grants to 14 Nonprofits

By H. Brevy Cannon
Published in UVAToday on May 9, 2013
University of Virginia Philanthropy Class Awards $100,000 in Grants to 14 Nonprofits
Students in a University of Virginia philanthropy course spent the semester researching, deliberating and deciding how to award $100,000 to charitable organizations. On Wednesday, they finally got to hand out the checks.

At a luncheon in the Great Hall of Garrett Hall, the students awarded grants to 14 nonprofits, 11 of them local. The awards ranged from $3,000 to $12,000, and the largest awards all went to local organizations.

Community Action on Obesity, a local task force, picked up the biggest check, for $12,000. Checks for $10,000 went to three nonprofits: the Sexual Assault Resource Agency, Blue Ridge Area Food Bank and Village Capital.


PoliSci 236 gives students real-life experience in philanthropy

By Sarah Moore
Published in The Stanford Daily on April 11, 2013
PoliSci 236: Theories of Civil Society, Philanthropy, and the Nonprofit Sector has always taught its students about the nature and challenges of donating money. Only recently, however, have these students been able to learn through real philanthropic experience.

For the second year in a row, the class will give away $100,000 by the end of the quarter. The Once Upon a Time Foundation in Fort Worth, Texas, provided funds—to this class and to similar ones at other universities such as Yale, Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania—to enable undergraduate and graduate students to gain firsthand insight into the progress of giving money.

Visiting Scholar and Lecturer Bruce Sievers has taught the course for 10 years, instructing students on the history, nature and challenges of the nonprofit sector and philanthropy. Sievers said that the donation process is far more difficult than students initially imagine.


Promoting Philanthropy in the Next Generation

Published in University of Michigan on March 26, 2013
Dr. Burkhardt and his Philanthropy students award a grant to "All the World's a Stage"
As part of a gift aimed at teaching students the principles of philanthropy through practical experience, the students in Dr. John Burkhardt's Education 769: Philanthropy and Higher Education course received a $100,000 gift to give away to one or more non-profit organizations of their choice. In December 2012, the class selected two non-profit organizations in Michigan as recipients. The chosen organizations are the Baldwin Promise Zone and All the World’s a Stage. After a competitive grant process, the class chose to donate $63,000 to the Baldwin Promise Zone and $37,000 to All the World’s a Stage.

Affiliated with the U.S. News and World Report’s number one ranked Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education, this is the second year Dr. Burkhard's Education 769 class has received the opportunity through the Once Upon a Time Foundation. Throughout the semester, Dr. Burkhardt's class worked to develop a mission and goals for the gift. After creating a philosophical framework, the class decided the money would go to an organization or organizations in the state of Michigan that helps underserved youth populations.


Give It Away Now

By Bianca Giaever
Published in Vermont Public Radio on February 21, 2013
Students in the Middlebury College philanthropy course cast their votes.
If you had $100 thousand to give to charity, who would you give it to? It sounds like an easy question, but as a group of students in a philanthropy course at Middlebury College just found out it's more challenging than you might think.

Long after class is over, students Emmy Masur and Hudson Cavanaugh are in a common space on campus, still discussing the charities they think should receive their money. They were both students in a month-long class given $100 thousand to donate to the charities of their choice. The grant, from the Once Upon a Time foundation, aims to educate students on giving money responsibly.

Cavanaugh chose the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative, a large international group that treats this tropical disease cheaply and effectively.


Signature Course Class Gives Away $100,000

By Mystie Pineda and Susie Cansler
Published in Know on February 5, 2013
What would you do if you were handed $100,000 to give to charity?
Last semester, students in a signature course called Philanthropy: The Power of Giving had that opportunity thanks to $100,000 from an anonymous foundation that wants to do good simultaneously in two ways: give to charity and help students learn the ways of generosity.

The course, led by sociology professor Pamela Paxton, explores the history and current state of American giving and volunteering, American giving in comparative perspective, the causes and consequences of philanthropy and how to evaluate charitable programs. At the end of the course the students decide, on their own, how best to use the money. Paxton explains that she “focused on how to evaluate charities, and how to evaluate when charities are effective in their programming, because some charities are effective and some are not.”


UCLA philanthropy class benefits community groups and students

By Dalina Castellanos
Published in LA Times on December 23, 2012
It's not every day that college students have money to give away — particularly $100,000. But the students in a UCLA philanthropy class did just that.

With a donation from the Texas-based Once Upon a Time Foundation, the students spent the quarter researching dozens of Los Angeles nonprofits, finally dividing the money among four groups.

The class, the first of its kind at UCLA, was designed to educate students about the nature of philanthropy and how it functions in a large urban community with varying needs, said Judi Smith, who taught the class and is UCLA's dean and vice provost for undergraduate education.


Budding Philanthropists Give $100,000 to Five Charities

By Jessica Sinn
Published in Life & Letters on December 20, 2012
From left: Tanner Dobbs, Brittany Guy, Jemma Miller, Ann Nelson (Glimmer representative), Erin Bennet, Meredith Miller, Pam Paxton
This holiday season, students from The University of Texas at Austin are giving back in a big way. Freshman enrolled in the “Philanthropy: The Power of Giving” signature course capped off their semester by giving away $100,000 to five charitable organizations at a check presentation ceremony on Monday, Dec. 14.

The recipients include A Glimmer of Hope, the Harpswell Foundation, Austin Children’s Shelter, Against Malaria Foundation, and Alex’s Lemonade Stand.

As part of the freshman signature course, students spent the fall semester evaluating charitable programs and analyzing how to help them succeed with a $100,000 gift provided by an anonymous foundation.

Pamela Paxton, professor of sociology and instructor of the course, said the class gave her students the unique ability to make a big difference — from combating malaria and childhood cancer, to protecting children in need, to empowering women leaders in developing countries.


Penn Students Give Out $100K in Philanthropy Class

By Kathy Matheson
Published in Associated Press on December 11, 2012
University of Pennsylvania student Sharree Walls didn't realize when she signed up for a course on philanthropy that she'd actually become a philanthropist at the end of the semester.

Then her professors announced that the class would be doling out $100,000 to local nonprofits. Walls said she was thrilled, excited — and "definitely a little nervous."

"Obviously, it's a huge responsibility," said Walls, a 21-year-old urban studies major from Lombard, Ill.


A class above: UCLA students distribute $100,000 to four local non-profit groups

By Rebecca Kendall
Published in UCLA Newsroom on December 11, 2012
Students and reps from P.S. Arts
Four Los Angeles-area non-profit organizations will be able to further advance their work thanks to financial support received from a class of 24 undergraduate students who enrolled in UCLA's inaugural "Philanthropy as Civic Engagement" course.

With funding provided by the Texas-based Once Upon a Time Foundation, the students were responsible for allocating a total of $100,000. (Read more about the class). After 10 weeks of learning about philanthropy, the role of non-profit organizations, as well as the grant-writing process and a host of other skills, the students announced their final decisions yesterday.

Representatives from P.S. Arts, Pacoima Beautiful, the Little Tokyo Service Center and the Ocean Park Community Center joined the students, along with their instructor Judith Smith, dean and vice provost for undergraduate education, and their course facilitators, for an end-of-class reception at the UCLA Faculty Center.


Yale philanthropy class awards $50G to 6 organizations

By Jim Shelton
Published in The New Haven Register on December 10, 2012
A Yale University class devoted to philanthropy awarded $50,000 in grants to six organizations Monday, including three in Connecticut.

The class, called Philanthropy in Action, is an ongoing course that focuses on understanding philanthropy and evaluating nonprofit organizations.

"It's amazing when you deal with this generation, to see them doing things in a unique way," said Maxim Thorne, who teaches the class.


Learning to give: UCLA students distribute five-figure grants to 4 local nonprofits

By Rebecca Kendall
Published in UCLA Newsroom on December 3, 2012
Judith Smith (right) with students in her philanthropy class
A Final Four of sorts will soon be staged at UCLA, but unlike the NCAA's version, there are no losers in this arena.

In a first for UCLA, students in a unique undergraduate course will be divvying up a pot of $100,000 donated by the Once Upon a Time Foundation, a Texas-based organization that raises awareness about philanthropy, to four deserving nonprofits in Los Angeles.

The course, "Philanthropy as Civic Engagement," which is designed to teach students about philanthropy and the local nonprofit sector, reflects UCLA's strong commitment to community service and engagement and to developing future leaders. It is also emblematic of campus's long track record of providing innovative and dynamic undergraduate education.

A novel learning opportunity, the class not only teaches students about the ins and outs of philanthropy and nonprofits but helps them hone their skills in critical thinking, presentation, grant writing and public speaking, said instructor Judith L. Smith, UCLA's dean and vice provost for undergraduate education, who developed the course in collaboration with UCLA's Center for Community Learning. Further, the students are required to use these skills to reach a decision about which organizations they will support and how much money each will receive.


Students To Distribute $100K in Grants Through New Philanthropy Course

By Elizabeth S. Auritt
Published in The Harvard Crimson on November 30, 2012
While most Harvard College students focus on what they will take away from a course, students who enroll in Sociology 152: “Philanthropy and Public Problem-Solving” this spring will have the opportunity to give back­—in the form of $100,000 in grants to Boston-area non-profits of their choice.

Students enrolled in this new course will split into teams based on area of interest. Each team will conduct research on a particular social issue, ranging from homelessness to education reform, and will eventually choose a local organization to provide with a grant.

The Once Upon A Time Foundation, based in Fort Worth, Texas, has donated $100,000 for students enrolled in the course to distribute to non-profits. The foundation has funded similar courses at Stanford, Princeton, Yale, and various colleges in Texas.


Six-figure assignment

By Rick Waters
Published in The TCU Magazine on July 10, 2012
Sarah Roberts with The Charis Project (in red dress) with students from the Nature of Giving class at the check ceremony in May.
This spring, 25 honors students were given $100,000 and 16 weeks to give it away (almost) however they wanted. How they divided it and to whom were telling, but not as significant as why.

It’s not easy to astound the juniors and seniors in the John V. Roach Honors College. They do their homework: Before enrolling in this spring’s “Nature of Giving” course, most knew that last year’s class had given away $20,000.

So imagine their surprise when mere minutes into the first class, Professor Ron Pitcock announced this group was getting $100,000 — five times more — thanks to Fort Worth-based Once Upon A Time Foundation, which upped its gift from the previous year.

“There was a gasp,” recalled Kerri Feczko ’12, now a broadcast journalism alumna headed to law school at DePaul. “Right away, people knew this was going to be serious.”


Stanford students practice real philanthropy

By Stacy Finz
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on June 7, 2012
Students at Stanford University gave away $100,000 on Wednesday.

Handing out large chunks of cash sounds easy enough. But for Isabelle Wijangco, a senior majoring in human biology, it was a herculean honor that she'll never forget.

For 10 years, Bruce Sievers has taught Theories of Civil Society, Philanthropy and the Nonprofit Sector in the political science department. The objective is to teach participants about the nonprofit sector and how it drives social change. The lesson plan in the past included allocating pretend grant funds to nonprofit organizations.


Class snapshot: 'Policy Issues and Analysis of Nonprofits, NGOs and Philanthropy'

By Ushma Patel
Published in News at Princeton on May 23, 2012
From left, student Katherine DiSalvo, Professor Stanley Katz and student Elias Sanchez-Eppler engage in discussion in the Wilson School graduate course "Policy Issues and Analysis of Nonprofits, NGOs and Philanthropy."
The course provides graduate students with a foundation for understanding nonprofits, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and philanthropy, and related policy issues at the local, national and international levels. Among the topics covered in the course are: how the nonprofit world interacts with the private and public sectors; nonprofits and religion; accountability, transparency and advocacy; U.S. nonprofits on the world stage; and nonprofits in the developing world.

"Philanthropy is an integral part of what I want to teach, and my own research has been on the history and function of philanthropic foundations," Katz said.

Katz refers to the system of nonprofit institutions in the United States as the "third sector," working alongside the public (government) and private (business) sectors. Understanding the system is crucial to understanding how modern American society works, he said.

"It's important — and contested — whether social welfare is a state or private responsibility," Katz said. "The private sector is so much larger in the U.S. than in any other country, because in other places the state simply does more. It's a central issue of public policy in the U.S., and it's one of the things the next presidential election is going to be about."


Students Present $100,000 to Two Nonprofits

By Gracie Fraser
Published in The Alcalde on May 15, 2012
Students Present $100,000 to Two Nonprofits
As the semester wrapped up, 31 freshmen in Dean Paul Woodruff’s freshman signature course, Ethics and the Art of Giving, were able to experience the gift of giving on a scale far larger than their college budgets would normally allow.

A $100,000 donation from the Once Upon a Time Foundation, an organization dedicated to raising awareness about philanthropy, enabled the students to turn around and give that money to two worthy organizations after considering 32 possibilities.

Freshman Maclean Martin presented a check for $56,000 to Lone Star Paralysis, a local foundation focused on medical research and on recovery for people with spinal cord injuries. Speaking to representatives of Lone Star Paralysis, including executive director Mike Haynes, Martin said he was “totally floored by the opportunity to give.”


UVA Class Donates $100,000 to Area Nonprofits

Published in WorldNow on May 1, 2012
Seven central Virginia nonprofits are cashing $100,000 worth of donation checks from University of Virginia students. Those students finish the university's first philanthropy course by handing out grants that will support programs that fight poverty and empower kids in and around Charlottesville.

In a Batten school ballroom Tuesday, the class's 28 students handed out grants - ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 to nonprofits they selected during the semester.


Harry Belafonte croons for Yale students, but message carries serious note

By Jim Shelton
Published in The New Haven Register on April 11, 2012
Singer and activist, Harry Belefonte(upper right) talks with Yale students before taping a show with them. Melanie Stengel
Harry Belafonte came to town Wednesday to inspire future philanthropists with a master class on the convergence of social justice and celebrity.

It was a multimedia convergence as well, with a digitized class session at Yale University, an advance screening of a new film documentary on Belafonte's career and an old-fashioned public talk at Yale's Whitney Humanities Center.

"Nobody ever had as much fun with a career as I did," Belafonte, 85, told members of Maxim Thorne's Philanthropy in Action class.

As he once told a big-name Hollywood celebrity who lamented Belafonte's missed entertainment opportunities, he never had to wake up in the morning and talk to an agent. "I wake up every day and talk to Nelson Mandela," he said.


Teaching the art and science of philanthropy: Students learning to give

By Elizabeth Stuart
Published in Deseret News on February 13, 2012
Laura Rothlisberger, left, and Erin Pew participate in BYU's GrantWell class.
A middle-class student with a tuition bill of close to $130,000 hanging over her head, it's no surprise 21-year-old Kathleen Mellano spends a lot of time worrying about money. In addition to working three jobs, the bubbly brunette is relying on scholarships, federal loans and cash from mom and dad to pay for her degree in psychology from Texas Christian University.

This semester, though, it's not bills that are weighing heavily on Mellano's mind. She's been charged with the task of donating $100,000 of someone else's money to charity, and she's not quite sure how best to do it.

"I thought it would be easy to pick who to give the money to," she said. But after spending 15 anxious hours clicking through hundreds of charity websites in one week, she concluded, "It's not easy at all."


Philanthropy: College Students Get $100,000 To Give Away To Charity

Published in The Huffington Post on January 25, 2012
They may be accruing debt and saving money on their Ramen-noodle dinners, but some college students will have the chance to donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to charity this year.

In an effort to teach university students about the complexities of giving, the Once Upon A Time Foundation gave eight universities between $50,000 and $100,000 to dole out to their philanthropy courses, Yale Daily News reports. Such classes offer students hands-on experience in determining how to choose to a charity and how much to donate.

Yale's "Philanthropy In Action," for example, focuses on the history, politics and economics of charity before deciding on the causes to give its $100,000.


Giving Away 100 Grand

By Lynn Freehill
Published in The Alcalde on January 10, 2012
Ever philosophical, Paul Woodruff was even for deliberative than usual last fall as he selected students for his new class. Not only is it the splashiest course to be offered at UT this spring, it also involves big money. Sixty-two students competed for 34 spots.

The Ethics and the Art of Giving is a philosophy course with a philanthropic twist. An anonymous foundation approached Woodruff, who is dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies, about donating $100,000 toward it. If UT would offer the course, the students could choose at the course’s end where to give that money away.


School of Education class gives $50,000 to non-profits

Published in Regents of The University of Michigan on December 20, 2011
As part of a gift designed to teach students the principles of philanthropy through practical experience, the students in John Burkhardt's Education 769: Philanthropy and Higher Education course have been given a $50,000 gift by a donor who wishes for to remain anonymous but is from the Once Upon a Time Foundation located in Texas. The class chose to donate the money to two non-profit organizations in southeast Michigan, The Youth Connection and Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit. Each organization will receive $25,000.

Cash cowed: Penn students find giving $100,000 away is complicated process

By Peter Crimmins
Published in WHYY NEWSWORKS on December 10, 2011
A volunteer with the East Park Revitalization Alliance does gardening work. One of the groups of students voted to award a portion of the money to the neighborhood organization.
Students in an urban studies class at the University of Pennsylvania were assigned extra homework this semester: give away $100,000.

Students in the class covering the economics of the nonprofit sector in Philadelphia--about the relationships between philanthropists and grant recipients--were suddenly thrown into the position of being philanthropists themselves. Ten days before class started, an anonymous donor put real money into their hands.

The class of about 30 split into five groups, each with $20,000. The groups had to establish a mission statement, seek out local organizations aligned with that mission, and vet them as potential recipients.

Like the plot of an old movie (remember the 1945 movie "Brewster's Millions"? Anyone? Or the Richard Pryor remake in 1985?) the students learned how difficult it is to give away money. Putting aside emotional attachments to particular causes or people, they had to unite behind a repeatable, systemic process.

The after-school music program Play On! Philly was short-listed by two of the groups.


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