Study Away Course
Led by Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy faculty, this course meets weekly on the IU campus. It culminates with a weeklong spring break Study Away experience in Sarasota, FL led by The Patterson Foundation staff and consultants, connecting students with local nonprofits to gain and apply knowledge to course topics through practical experience. The experiential nature of the course offers a unique opportunity to live philanthropic work in real environments.
This course explores these questions:
- What may the philanthropic sector look like in the future?
- What will it take to build sustainable organizations tackling systemic problems within our local communities, country, and the world?
- How are innovative partnerships begun and sustained?
- What competencies and qualities will leaders of the future need?
- What ideas, questions, and recommendations do thought leaders have about the future of the philanthropic sector?
- Why are foundations different from other nonprofits?
Topics addressed during this course and study away week include:
- Capacity Building - Through the Lens of Financial Thrivability
- Inspiring Philanthropy - The Power of Matching Challenges
- More than Money Philanthropy - Aligning Aspirations in Digital Access
- Strengthening Communities - Catalyzing Efforts with Purposeful Partnerships
Co-instructors Pamela Clark and Ronnie Plasters will connect you with The Patterson Foundation, which will be sharing living examples of its innovative philanthropic strategies. During the semester as well as the Study Away week in Sarasota, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with non-profit organizations in Sarasota to work on capacity building, inspiring philanthropy, more than money philanthropy or strengthening communities. The Patterson Foundation has had collaborative endeavors with the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy since 2018 including its thriving Fellows Program and elective course offerings.
This course will be offered in the spring semester of 2023. Students will participate in eight class meetings (Jan. 13 through Mar. 3) to prepare for the work that will be done over spring break (Mar. 12-18) in Sarasota and one additional class meeting (Apr. 1) after the trip. Pre- and post-class meetings will take place on the days cited from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Undergraduate students will register for PHST P430 and graduate students will register for PHST P530.
Deadline and Application
Deadline to apply is October 25. You must be in good academic standing to be eligible to apply. In order to be considered for participation in the study away course, please complete the application below.