MLD-805: Philanthropy and Public Problem-Solving

Semester: Spring

Credit: 1.0

Syllabus: Click here for syllabus


Day Time Location
First Day 1/28
Meet Day T/Th 2:40 PM - 4:00 PM L140


This course is intended for students of Harvard College and Harvard Kennedy School to explore the role of philanthropy in public problem-solving. Using cases and readings, the course will cover the history and role of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, relationship of both to government, the nature of strategic philanthropy, organizational assessment and impact of private action for public good. Students will chose a problem area with a focus on Boston, and, in teams, research the policies, responses/interventions, role of institutions, strengths and weaknesses of the response and institutional arrangements associated with the problem. A foundation has provided $100,000 (for an enrollment of more than 20 students) for the students to grant to organizations determined as a result of their research. This course is designed to introduce students to philanthropy and public problem solving--preference will be given to students with a demonstrated interest in philanthropy and public problem solving and who are looking to have a deeper understanding of the context in which philanthropy is applied but may have limited prior exposure. Enrollment will be 50% undergraduates and 50% HKS graduate students.

Also offered by the Sociology department as Soc 152.