Philanthropy & Social Change Course

In the last decade there has been a proliferation in nonprofit graduate study, here and abroad, yet there remains a gap in undergraduate education. In response, the Center has reached out across the broader Georgetown community to share its nonprofit and leadership expertise with faculty and students. One of the most successful collaborations has been with Georgetown’s Center for Social Justice, Research, Teaching and Service and the Sociology Department, resulting in University’s first undergraduate philanthropy course taught by the Center’s staff, Kathy Kretman and Luisa Boyarski.

Sixteen Georgetown undergraduates are given the opportunity to participate in this community-based learning course which pairs each student with a local nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C. Students have the opportunity to work with a mentor at their nonprofit organizations to create a functional and persuasive grant proposal. At the end of the course, the students review each grant proposal and decide on the allocation of $15,000 provided by the Learning by Giving Foundation and the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation.

The students announce the grants at a Grant Giving Ceremony. Videos from past ceremonies can be accessed on our Vimeo page.

Articles on the course can be downloaded by clicking on the links below:

Grants have been awarded to the following organizations:

  • Center for Inspired Teaching
  • Community of Hope
  • Critical Exposure
  • For Love of Children
  • Higher Achievement
  • Latin American Youth Center
  • Latino Economic Development Corporation
  • Life Pieces to Masterpieces
  • Martha’s Table
  • Young Playwrights’ Theater