Over the past twenty years, academic institutions have increasingly developed programs of study on the nonprofit sector, most of which emphasize nonprofit management or fundraising. The study of organized philanthropy in general, and foundation giving specifically, is still at a relatively early stage of development. Accordingly, the development of research and teaching materials available for use in formal academic settings is largely an unmet need. There are numerous experiences in the grant making process that simply go unreported and unavailable for educational purposes. These experiences, however, can prove extremely educational and should not be overlooked. The cased studies that follow serve as a model for capturing, analyzing, and sharing these important lessons. These case studies are designed to increase the relevance of philanthropy teaching curriculums and better prepare future leaders that are engaged in philanthropy and nonprofit sector work. The overall goal of the present project was to develop case studies that would serve as teaching/learning tools about philanthropy by providing in-depth examination of critical issues and experiences related to foundation decision-making, governance and fund- distribution. Throughout the development of these cases, a special emphasis on philanthropic involvement in communities of color and other under-served communities was maintained in order to improve philanthropy’s work in relation to these populations. A core team of faculty and other professionals were assembled and trained on key aspects of case study research and development, as well as case study teaching methods. These individuals brought with them a wealth of experience in the field of philanthropy as researchers, foundation program officers, and directors of non-profits.
Center for Urban Research and Learning and Delgado, Louis T., "Lessons in Philanthropy: A Case Studies Approach" (2007). Center for Urban Research and Learning: Publications and Other Works. 17.
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