This new 8-week Zoom course will examine the roles philanthropy plays before, during, and after crises like we are facing with the coronavirus and the eruption of the movement for racial justice.
Fall 2020 Course
Crisis brings an urgent need for volunteerism. While they can lead to surges of voluntarism and mutual aid, they can also lead to scarcities that make it hard to help.
The global pandemic caused by COVID-19 has spared no organization. The inequities made more apparent by the pandemic moved people into the streets to protest the killing of George Floyd and other African-Americans at the hands of police.
As the pandemic and the racial awakening place greater demands on nonprofits, those who deliver help are under stress and may need help themselves. For example, millions of people afflicted by the virus or the economic consequences of social distancing need basic sustenance.
Beyond this, domestic violence centers have seen an uptick in calls and even animal shelters have seen a drastic increase in adoptions, requiring more staff time and resources. How does philanthropy respond to these circumstances? How do organizations serve their mission while still remaining viable themselves?
And nonprofits do much more than provide services. They also help reimagine how and why “we are in this together.” Will this lead to changes in basic social norms? What can we learn from philanthropy’s roles in previous crises?
This course will draw on the expertise of multiple faculty of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy as well as insights from philanthropic leaders who will be featured as part of the Perspectives in Philanthropy Speaker Series.
We will examine how philanthropic activities in disasters like pandemics, wars, recessions, and social upheavals help build a more complete understanding of philanthropy’s role in society. We will also investigate dimensions of local and global community resilience, including issues of equity and justice, and the political elements of philanthropy that are brought to the fore through rapid and unexpected change, and most recently though the lens of racial injustices that are being confronted publicly and prominently.
Students can expect weekly webinars covering relevant and timely topics such as:
- Historical comparisons going back to the Great Influenza with Kathi Badertscher
- Inequities and approaches to outcomes in philanthropy with Lehn Benjamin
- The disproportionate impact on communities of color with Tyrone Freeman
- Global grassroots responses to COVID-19 with Catherine Herrold
- Data, truth and communication in a pandemic: Using data to navigate with Patricia Snell Herzog
- Compassion for self and others: managing burnout while helping with Sara Konrath
- Global efforts to measure giving to the COVID-19 relief causes with Una Osili
- How community foundations are recreating communities in times of crisis with Laurie Paarlberg
- Giving to a disaster or giving during a recession, what’s going on now? with Patrick Rooney
- The role of faith as a unifier and divider in periods of crisis with David King
- Why and how to fundraise during and after the pandemic with Timothy Seiler
- Philanthropic leadership in an era of disruption and ambiguity with Bill Stanczykiewicz
- The challenge for arts and culture sectors with Gene Tempel
- Giving within and across borders – the impact of COVID-19 with Pamala Wiepking
- How does the record of national service inform the response to COVID-19 with Leslie Lenkowsky
- How might COVID-19 affect the humanitarian impulse and what can we learn from the history of humanitarianism? with Amanda Moniz