Experimental Philanthropy Course
UCI students award $70 thousand in funding to eight local nonprofits through new experimental philanthropy course
May 12, 2017
What is an experiential philanthropy course? It is a course that allows students to learn about the giving process and its effects on institutions and society, while also practically allocating real money to nonprofit organizations.
Under the guidance of Gillian Hayes, Kleist Professor in Informatics and the faculty director for the cross-disciplinary minor in civic and community engagement, students study local, national and global communities, addressing needs through philanthropic gifts to organizations that need support. During the 10-week course, students worked through a research-based, decision-making and selection process.
“UCI seeks to foster leadership and citizenship in our students,” says Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning and Dean of Undergraduate Education, Michael Dennin. “Students who have completed an experiential philanthropy course report they are likely to give more and to give more thoughtfully than they would have prior to the course.”
The class would not have happened were it not for a foundation, The Philanthropy Lab, that contacted Dean Dennin to start discussions about gifting $50,000 in seed money to get this program started.
“The long-term goal for this course is to partner with local donors interested in making this program sustainable,” commented Professor Hayes. “This class is well positioned to be a cornerstone of UCI’s minor in civic and community engagement.”
To learn more about this course and how you can support it, please see the full announcement here.