Giving Compass’ Take:
• The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy offers courses that touch on relevant components of the philanthropic sector, such as donor behavior, community foundations, and social change.
• How can donors connect with higher education institutions to elevate these course offerings? Are more colleges and universities adding philanthropy courses?
Two of the graduate-level courses are offered online, and one is offered mostly online with the opportunity to attend a conference at the conclusion of the course. The undergraduate classes are offered on campus.
Read on to discover thoughts from professors about the courses they’re teaching, as well as enrolled students’ interests and expectations.
Donor Behavior – Major and Planned Giving:
What are donor motivations for giving? Teaching this course for the second time, Dr. Patrick Dwyer explains how this online class will help fundraisers learn more about donors, as well as what makes fundraising leaders effective.
“Students in this course will gain a greater appreciation for the motivations of donors, particularly high net worth donors. Who are these individuals and why do they give? And how could a fundraiser go about engaging them as potential donors to their organization?
This brand new course offers students the opportunity to not only dive into the subject of community foundations, but to also attend a conference and network with community foundation leaders. Dr. Laurie Paarlberg explains more:
“In today’s world, community foundations play key leadership roles in many policy fields. This course is the first and only course that we know of anywhere that provides an in-depth look at community foundations. This semester, we’ll dive into questions of what are community foundations, focusing on the essence of what community is and why community is important to philanthropy. ”
Gen Tech and Social Change:
Ph.D. student Megan Hillier-Geisler shared some thoughts on what she’s looking forward to in this new and fully online course:
“I decided to take this course because my research interests include folklore’s personal narrative archetype and how it can apply to a philanthropic persona we build, particularly online.
Read the full article about philanthropy courses at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.
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