Giving and Getting: Introduction to Philanthropy

Course Syllabus Focus

Philanthropic Foundations
Hall, Peter Dobkin

This course considers the system of private giving that supports the nonprofit sector, examining reasons for giving, how giving is done, institutions through donations are administered, and fundraising methods and mechanisms. Using scholarship, media, and case studies, students will become familiar with the significance of philanthropy in the nonprofit sector, philanthropic motives, legal, tax, and regulatory treatment donors and recipient institutions, major areas of philanthropy (including family giving, foundations, federated fundraisers, corporate contributions, religious giving and giving related to identity and ethnicity, global giving and grantmaking, and politics and advocacy). The course concludes with an exploration of two major areas of controversy in philanthropy, donor intent and political activity.

Blog Posts

More on time, value, and time limits

February 19, 2018

A new report applies a theory of time and value in philanthropy to three real cases, to see how a foundation could decide whether to operate with a limited life, based on the amount and kind of value it hopes to create.


Oct 05

Rip Rapson
President and CEO
The Kresge Foundation