Guest Speakers

To help students understand topics related to grantmaking and philanthropy through the experiences and perspectives of members of local philanthropic organizations.

Print60 minutes

Students will:

  • Recognize community relationships
  • Get a deeper understanding of different topics introduced in the class
  • Identify the partnership with our local community foundation, tips for fundraising, and projects happening in the community

A Google form (or document) listing students’ questions for the speaker (compiled prior to the class period). 

  1. Before each guest speaker, students submit questions that they will pose to the speakers.  This prevents awkward silence that can sometimes happen with guest speakers if students have not considered the topic ahead of time.

  2. During the trimester course, guest speakers will include:

    • A staff member from the Community Foundation of Louisville (this is where the class’ donor-advised fund is held).
    • A member from the community that is involved in a partnership project (one with business, government and nonprofit partners). For example, Dan Jones has spoken to the class about his amazing project to expand the park system in Louisville.
    • A member from a sales organization or who works as a fundraiser for a nonprofit organization. This is a “pep rally” guest speaker to get students excited before they start the fundraising process. Typically it is someone in the community known for raising a lot of money or having a great track record in sales.
    • A member from a foundation or possibly the major donor to the class. This is a chance for students to understand that giving money away strategically is not as easy as it seems. It is also a chance for students to ask hard questions about the grant making process.
  3. After the visit, a student sends a thank you note to thank the speaker for sharing their time and talent with the class.