To understand the workings of a large foundation that distributes major capital gifts and programmatic gifts like scholarships for higher education.
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To learn how to conduct research and dedicate time to learning about nonprofit organizations, philanthropists, assessment of nonprofit effectiveness, social causes and issues, and related topics. Research time is scheduled periodically.
To give students time to reflect on the course of study each week and to encourage them to begin thinking of how to best make a monetary donation to an effective organization.
To discuss the wisdom of giving and receiving gifts. What makes a gift or giver wise or foolish? How should you decide what you should give?
To help students understand that not all organizations spend their philanthropic dollars wisely and to teach them effective ways to assess the different approaches.
To expose students to the history and philosophy of generosity in order to better understand why and how we should be generous.
To introduce students to the harsh realities of modern-day slavery.
To help students understand the language of private foundations, their unique terms, and specific definitions. Furthermore, to help students learn the specific rules and regulations governing private foundations that help foundations stay in compliance with IRS regulations. Finally, to help...
To help students assess the effectiveness of charitable organizations and decide on their own financial contributions.
To introduce students to a variety of specific nonprofits and their representatives who address topics such as the organization's mission, financial support, and work.