Teaching Philanthropy Resources

Despite the wide variety of disciplinary and programmatic approaches to teaching philanthropy, most courses have common learning goals related to student knowledge, skills and behavior which are linked to the development of students as informed and engaged citizens. These include an understanding of the nonprofit sector and philanthropic landscape, specific skills related to strategic and effective grant making and fund raising, and competencies for public problem-solving such as an increased awareness of public issues and mechanisms for creating social change.

Resources in this section are drawn from experiential philanthropy courses nationally, and from the experience of students and faculty participating in the Students4Giving initiative, in particular.


“Student Philanthropy: Plant it. Nurture it. Harvest It.”
A handbook for college and university faculty

This outstanding handbook is Northern Kentucky University’s (NKU) effort to share what they have learned about student philanthropy. It represents the collective wisdom of many minds. Single copies are available at no charge from NKU. There has been such great interest in this publication, that for now, you may only obtain two copies at a time until reprints are made available.

Please contact Mark Neikirk at Northern Kentucky University (neikirkm1@nku.edu) to order the toolkit. Include all of your contact information and the number of copies you wish to receive. You may also mail your request to: Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement/NKU, Attention: Philanthropy Handbook, FH 536/Nunn Drive, Highland Heights, KY 41099.

“There was no such handbook in 2000, when we first incorporated student philanthropy into our classes. In the years since, we have tried to create an innovative, thriving program. Now we want to be responsible stewards of the idea by sharing it. We tried to plant and nurture a seed, and now we invite you to the harvest.” –Dr. James C. Votruba, President, Northern Kentucky University

“The learning is so deep, multidimensional, and certain to have impact after the class, that I can’t fully express how much I appreciated the opportunity.” –Dr. Rebecca Bailey, history professor, NKU

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