Strategic Philanthropy 

This course, taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, applies core business practices to social change.

Strategic Philanthropy is the first academic course to present philanthropy from a strategic, field-based perspective. Effectively participating in the social sector mandates a firm grounding in the ever-evolving principles, practices and models unique to philanthropic stewardship, entrepreneurship and grantmaking. This course will provide an overview of the key operational and strategic distinctions between traditional philanthropic entities, such as community foundations, private foundations and corporate foundations, as well as contemporary models, including funding intermediaries, digitally native social change initiatives and venture philanthropy partnerships. Students will examine the translation of philanthropic vision and capital into social innovation and action by applying strategic decision-making models as frameworks. Additional topics include individual giving, donor intent, policy change, global social investing, venture philanthropy, corporate philanthropy and technology’s disruption of philanthropy.
 

Disruption For Good

This course empowers students to use technology to solve social problems.

Disruption for Good is the first academic course to present philanthropy and social change through a technology lens. This course will function as both a lecture series as well as an interactive seminar. It will highlight innovative models and key trends currently driving technology’s unique potential to transform the way individuals and organizations create social change. Through weekly readings and guest lectures from globally renowned industry leaders, students will examine the current challenges and opportunities that new technologies present in the philanthropic field. Additionally, students will explore how new technology applications provide scalable, data-driven and human-centered solutions to address the world’s most pressing issues.
 
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Philanthropy and Social innovation

This course is designed to educate young, aspiring social entrepreneurs in how to create new models, programs and organizations.

Philanthropy and Social Innovation is one of the first academic courses to present philanthropy from a strategic field-based perspective. Effectively participating in the social sector mandates a firm grounding in the ever-evolving principles, practices and models unique to philanthropic stewardship, strategy and grantmaking. This course will provide an overview of the key operational and strategic distinctions between traditional philanthropic entities, such as community foundations, private foundations and corporate foundations, as well as contemporary models, including funding intermediaries and venture philanthropy partnerships. Students will examine the translation of philanthropic vision and capital into social innovation and action by applying strategic decision-making models as frameworks. Additional topics include individual giving, donor intent, policy change, global social investing, venture philanthropy and corporate philanthropy. 
 

Giving 2.0: Philanthropy by Design

This course teaches students to use design-thinking principles to create their own social impact plans and engage in real-world grantmaking.

Giving 2.0: Philanthropy by Design is the first academic course to teach students about individual philanthropy through real-world nonprofit assessment and grantmaking experience, as well as applying design thinking to strategically support students’ own philanthropic journey. Students will participate in “giving circles” in which students select, assess and present local nonprofits for potential funding. This process will include researching major issues in education, identifying potential local grantees, leading a request for proposal (RFP) process, evaluating grant proposals, assessing the capacity and effectiveness of these nonprofits, completing two site visits and ultimately selecting two grant finalists who will share the $10,000 provided by the Learning By Giving Foundation.