Facilitator: Joni Rankin
An exploration of philanthropy and the philanthropic process, nonprofits and their boards, grant writing and fundraising, strategic grant-making, and sustainable philanthropic impact as informed by the Students4Giving program and the corresponding SC grant.
Upon completion of the course, students will
- Understand local community-based knowledge and collaborate with existing non-profit boards and community members
- Manage the philanthropic process from mission statement to measurement, including RFPs and the impact of grant-making choices
- Explore a sustainable campus infrastructure that focuses on the non-profit sector and needed resources, including the development of a board manual
- Develop a philosophy of philanthropy through research and interaction with philanthropists and community leaders
Ongoing participation is expected. Please send Joni an email if you are unable to attend a class session. Additional reading assignments taken from journals, books, or online resources will be assigned during the course. Additional blogging assignments may be added as well.
- Wednesday, Oct. 22—What is Philanthropy?
- Housekeeping: Syllabus and folders, meeting times, Saturday addition, and Web page
- Team building
- What is Philanthropy? What are the goals? Who is a part of it? Where do we come in? Who do they serve? (Discussion)
Assignment: Research 2 local (Cowley County) nonprofit organizations. Write an overview of each organization that includes a short history or the organization and its vision and mission. Due by Wednesday, Nov. 5 meeting.
- Wednesday, Nov. 5—Meeting Community Needs Through Philanthropy
- Community asset mapping to analyze needs in Winfield and Cowley County. [Seth Bate to walk us through asset mapping process and then present Cowley County results.]
- The role of a mission and vision in nonprofits, deciding your target area for those able to apply (from Oct. 22 assignment)
Assignments: Participate with at least 2 comments during the next two weeks to the blog with Seth Bate as guest blogger. In addition, bring a vision and mission statement from one grant making foundation to Nov. 19 class.
- Wednesday, Nov. 19—Foundations and the Role They Play in Philanthropy
- Guest, Pam Moore
- Development of a mission statement for the SC Student Philanthropy Board
Assignment: Find at least one Request for Proposal (RFP) to share with the class at the Dec. 3 meeting. Submit at least 1 comment to guest blogger related to foundations [Dick Merriman?]
Wednesday, Dec. 3—Grant Focus and RFPs
- Establish our grant focus
- Set timeline/calendar for spring grant making
- Assign and schedule board members’ visits of KICC and other nonprofits in the spring
- Understanding RFPs
Assignment: Visit http://foundationcenter.org/ and research RFPs. What are the major components of an RFP? What must we include in ours? Be prepared to discuss in class.
Wednesday, Dec. 17—Request for Proposals
- Development of SC Student Philanthropy Board RFP
- Begin developing evaluation criteria, selection process and evaluation tool
- Plan for distribution and publicity of RFP
- Discuss liaison role between committee and community agencies
- Debrief and prepare for spring semester
TBA Saturday meeting: Nonprofit Challenges; Measuring Success, the Budget
- Panel discussion: “How we develop our budget; successes and challenges” [A local guest panel will discuss these topics.]
Wednesday, Jan. 14—Welcome Back and Recap
- Discuss new and old events; review of RFP timeline
- Develop RFP evaluation criteria, selection process and draft evaluation
- Assign members to a nonprofit board
- Begin compiling data for a board manual
Wednesday, Jan. 28—Board Visits—No class!
- In lieu of a meeting, members will attend assigned board meetings. A board report is due for discussion at the February 11 meeting.
- Deadline for start of RFP call process
Wednesday, Feb. 11—Grant-making Rubric
- Finalize grant evaluation criteria and selection process
- Develop evaluation rubric
- Develop the process for notifying applicants and publicity plan [guest for a publicity plan, Charles Osen]
- Grant-writing guest blogger,
Assignment: Submit at least 1 response to the class blog related to the posted question.
Wednesday, Feb. 25—RFPs and Award Preparation
- Review of RFP deadline (we must have begun by now!) using evaluation rubric
- Continue work on Board Manual
- Begin exploring sustainable campus infrastructure for SC Student Philanthropy Board. [Guest, Paul Bean, Institutional Advancement]
Wednesday, Mar. 11—Awards and Publicity
- Distribute awards
- Execute publicity plan
- Evaluation of the process for inclusion in the Board Manual
- Continue exploration of sustainable campus infrastructure for SC Student Philanthropy Board.
Wednesday, Mar. 25—Board Manual
- Finalize Board Manual
- Pursue plan for sustainable campus infrastructure for SC Student Philanthropy Board
Assignment: As needed per above plan.
Wednesday, April 8—2009-2010 SC Board
- Finalize 2009-2010 grant board at SC
- Transition meeting from 08-09 board to 09-10 board
Wednesday, April 22—Year End Review
- Course evaluation
- Project evaluation
Professor: Joni Rankin
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