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Washington University In St LouisFall 2019Philanthropy LabDepartments: SociologyElizabeth George21 students

Philanthropy Lab
Taught by Elizabeth George
Department of Sociology

Elizabeth George, MBA, MSW, is the Director of Philanthropic Advising at the St. Louis Community Foundation. She joined the foundation in 2018 with over 20 years of strategic planning, organizational assessment, facilitation, and board development experience with non-profit organizations. Elizabeth provides strategic advice and counsel to the Foundation’s largest donor and family funds, as well as private foundation clients. Previously Elizabeth was Managing Director of The Rome Group, where she led or participated in strategic planning projects and board development projects with foundations, social service, health, and education organizations. Elizabeth also spent 10 years as Vice President with Deaconess Foundation where her primary responsibility was to plan, implement, and evaluate the Impact Partnership, Deaconess’ multi-year organizational development initiative, including developing strategic and capacity building plans and leadership development for over 20 organizations. Elizabeth is active in the St. Louis community. She currently serves on the boards of South Side Early Childhood Center and Dental Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments and is a volunteer with Girls on the Run St. Louis. Elizabeth earned an MSW from Washington University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Class looks at the history of philanthropy over the years before looking at current trends in philanthropy

Pull from a community needs assessment to form groups/select organizations

Groups selected based on grantmaking interests and each group drafts a mission and vision statement at beginning of the class

On the day before each guest speaker/panel, students have an assignment to submit questions for the speaker(s)

Multiple guest speakers

  • Panel of nonprofits
  • Julie Russell from United Way
  • Panel of funders


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