All courses are offered online for academic credit from Indiana University at the master’s level. To apply for visiting student status or for more information, please contact Luke Bickel.
Fall 2020 Courses
PHST-P530 Philanthropy in Times of Crisis (3 cr.)
Instructor: Amir Pasic
This 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.
The 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 through the lens of racial injustices that are being confronted publicly and prominently.
PHST-P530 Muslim Philanthropy in America (3 cr.)
Instructor: Shariq Siddiqui
This course provides a historical context to explore contemporary approaches to philanthropy and civil society in the United States. Muslims have practiced charitable, humanitarian, or social acts that can be described as philanthropy for centuries.
Muslims draw upon the Quran (the holy book of Islam), Sunnah (traditions of the Prophet Muhammad), and local non-Islamic traditions to influence their charitable acts. This course will provide a brief overview of Islam. We will then examine Islamic practices of waqf (religious endowments), zakah (obligatory giving), and sadaqah (optional religious giving) as examples of Muslim philanthropy.
We will then focus on Muslim philanthropy in America. Based upon this understanding, this course offers students the opportunity to combine the theory and practice of strategic philanthropy by granting $5,000 to local nonprofit organizations that best fit Muslim philanthropy.
PHST-P558 Principles and Practices of Fundraising (3 cr.)
Instructor: Pamala Wiepking
The course covers the salient aspects of the fundraising process as organized carried out by nonprofit organizations; its base of core values, preparing a case for philanthropic support, relevant techniques and strategies, assessing potential sources of support, effective engagement of human resources, and process management.
The course includes relevant theory to undergird practice, examination and analysis of current practice, proposal of practice standards, and discussion and examination of ethical problems in fundraising.
PHST-P556 Grant Making and the Role of Foundations (3 cr.)
Instructor: Catherine Herrold
This course explores questions of legitimacy, effectiveness, and accountability among U.S. philanthropic foundations. Students will explore the role of foundations in society, how roles are successfully fulfilled, how role fulfillment is measured, and what current trends in foundation philanthropy might mean for the future of local and global philanthropy.
PHST-P524 Civil Society and Philanthropy in Comparative Perspective (3 cr.)
Instructor: Shariq Siddiqui
The course explores the relationship of civil society to the state, how the nonprofit sector affects the state, and how the state regulates the sector. A continuing theme is how and whether the state and philanthropic institutions make civil investments in strengthening civil society.
PHST-P515 History of Philanthropy (3 cr.)
Instructor: Kathi Badertscher
This course examines traditions of giving and receiving charity and philanthropy in the modern era. It takes a comparative approach to giving, including different historical contexts and traditions. Among the topics covered will be donor motivations, definitions of need, identity formation, and philanthropy, politics and social change.
PHST-P521 Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector (3 cr.)
Instructor: Dwight Burlingame
Students examine issues of why people organize, give, and donate time; theories of the sector; policy formulation in the sector, etc., with the objective of becoming “philanthropically literate.” The preferred first course in the M.A. program.
PHST-P530 Community Foundations (3 cr.)
Instructor: Laurie Paarlberg
This course will explore such areas as the role of and challenges facing community foundations and community philanthropy in Indiana and beyond; place-based giving in identity-focused groups, looking at Muslim community foundations and philanthropy; U.S. and comparative developments in the regulation and self-regulation of community foundations, including the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations; private and community foundation funding or the growth and diversity of the community foundation movement; challenges to community foundation from other economic and charitable actors; and other topics.
PHST-P530 Economics in Philanthropy (3 cr.)
Instructor: Patrick Rooney
Students examine the role of nonprofit organizations (universities, churches, hospitals, orchestras, charities, day care, research, nursing homes) in mixed economies. Public policy controversies such as regulation of fundraising, antitrust against universities, ‘‘unfair’’ competition with for-profit firms, and the tax treatment of donations are considered.
PHST-P535 Law of Nonprofit Organizations (3 cr.)
Instructor: Robert Katz
This seminar examines aspects of the legal regulation of nonprofit organizations. Topics include the formation, operation, and governance of nonprofit organizations, duties and liability of officers and directors, charitable solicitation, tax-exempt status for public benefit and mutual benefit organizations, charitable contributions, political activities, foundations, membership organizations, and religious organizations.
PHIL-P542/PHST-P530 Ethics and Values in Philanthropy (3 cr.)
Instructor: Richard Gunderman
This course reflects an inquiry into the ethics and values of philanthropy rooted in a general understanding of philanthropy, as voluntary action for the public good, as an ethical ideal. Students consider philanthropic activity in light of this ideal.
PHST-P530 Donor Behavior: Major & Planned Giving (3 cr.)
Instructor: Patrick Dwyer
This course will develop students’ understanding of the motivations and behaviors of high net worth individuals, and their ability to plan effective strategies for donor identification, cultivation/education/ engagement, solicitation, and stewardship in support of major and planned gifts. Special attention will be paid to the law of fundraising regarding major and planned giving as well as ethical standards of practice.