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

Start Spreadin’ the News

October 3, 2018

The Charles H. Revson Foundation and six philanthropic partners this week launched a new local news outlet in America’s largest city.


Jan 30

Join Professor Joel Fleishman and the President & CEO of Fairfield County's Community Foundation, Juanita James - for the Foundation Impact Res