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UniversityCourseStudents Enrolled
StanfordSpring 2012Theories of Civil Society, Philanthropy, and the Nonprofit SectorDepartments: Political ScienceBruce Sievers21 students
StanfordSpring 2013Theories of Civil Society, Philanthropy, and the Nonprofit SectorDepartments: Political ScienceBruce Sievers20 students
StanfordSpring 2014Theories of Civil Society, Philanthropy, and the Nonprofit SectorDepartments: Political ScienceBruce Sievers18 students
StanfordSpring 2015Theories of Civil Society, Philanthropy, and the Nonprofit SectorDepartments: Political ScienceBruce Sievers21 students
StanfordSpring 2016Theories of Civil Society, Philanthropy, and the Nonprofit SectorDepartments: Political ScienceBruce Sievers18 students
StanfordSpring 2017Theories of Civil Society, Philanthropy, and the Nonprofit SectorDepartments: Political ScienceBruce Sievers22 students
StanfordSpring 2018Theories of Civil Society, Philanthropy, and the Nonprofit SectorDepartments: Political Science / Honors - Ethics in SocietyBruce Sievers24 students
StanfordSpring 2019Theories of Civil Society, Philanthropy, and the Nonprofit SectorDepartments: Political Science / Honors - Ethics in SocietyBruce Sievers25 students

Theories of Civil Society, Philanthropy, and the Nonporofit Sector
Taught by Bruce Sievers
Department of Political Science, Honors Ethics in Society

Bruce Sievers is a Visiting Scholar and Lecturer in Political Science at Stanford University and a Visiting Scholar at the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society and the Haas Center for Public Service. Sievers received a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University and studied at the Freie Universität Berlin as a Fulbright Scholar. He was the founding executive director of the Montana Committee for the Humanities in 1972 and the California Council for the Humanities in 1974, and in 1983, he became CEO of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, a private foundation in San Francisco. In 2013, he was appointed to the National Council on the Humanities by President Obama. His book, Civil Society, Philanthropy and the Fate of the Commons, was published in 2010, and he is author of many articles and book chapters on civil society and philanthropy, including “If Pigs Had Wings: The Appeal and Limits of Venture Philanthropy,” “Civil Society and Governance: Contemporary Challenges,” “What Civil Society Needs,” and “Philanthropy’s Role in Liberal Democracy.”

Casey Toohill – Stanford Philanthropy Lab student – Spring 2018

Selected an organization he was introduced to through the class as his NFL charitable commitment.

“I was approached with the opportunity to partner with an organization called “Pledge It” that works with the NFL combine. I first learned about Hospitality House when doing research for a Stanford class called “Theories and Practices of Civil Society, Philanthropy, and the Nonprofit Sector”. I was part of a group that was tasked with providing a grant to a charitable organization of our choosing. Our team was focused on health and one of our group members had knowledge of Hospitality House and the work that it was doing in the Tenderloin area of San Francisco. After visiting Hospitality House and speaking with its Executive Director Joe Wilson our group decided that Hospitality House was special. It was so much more than a shelter, and looked at the health of its residents in a holistic manner.”

A few interesting issue areas

  • Criminal justice, democratic process, environment, human rights, media and tech

Course has multiple TAs, typically former students from the class

Each week – 2 big class lectures and 1 small team section meeting with Professor and/or TA

Lots of guest speakers, 5 total, many from Stanford:

  1. Steve Toben, President of the Flora Family Foundation
  2. Joe Wilson, Executive Director of Hospitality House (former class winner)
  3. Kim Meredith, Executive Director, Stanford Center on Philanthropy  and Civil Society
  4. Lucy Bernholz, Director, Stanford Digital Civil Society Program
  5. Christiana Lee, Analyst, King Philanthropies

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Student Testimonials

This challenging class presented a multi-layered thought experiment. Not only did I think about the consequences of giving money to the different causes but also about a life dedicated to philanthropic activity.

Sonal GoyalStanford University