Course Syllabus Focus
Course Syllabus Institution
The course will provide students with an understanding of charitable foundations role in society and how they function from the inside. Students will learn - through readings, lectures, discussions, conversations with foundation professionals, and a simulated grantmaking experience - about the changing influence of philanthropy in American society and about the internal workings of foundations, gaining a deeper appreciation for the challenges of running a successful grantmaking program.
The highlight of this course will be a concluding, three-week grantmaking exercise. Over the course of this exercise, every student will fill the roles of program officer and grant committee member, reviewing actual grant proposals and collectively building a proposed grant docket.