MLD-807M: Philanthropy and Social Innovation

Semester: Spring 2

Credit: 2.0

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Day Time Location
Term Start Date 3/20
Meet Day T/Th 8:45 AM - 10:00 AM Littauer Bldg L230 (HKS)


The goal of this course is to help students understand the role of philanthropy and associated social innovation in addressing public problems. Using cases and readings, the course will cover the history and role of philanthropy, the nature of strategic philanthropy, measurement and impact assessment  of private action for public good.  Students will also be challenged to think about philanthropy within the context of leading social change, and the challenging organizational dynamics associated with social innovation in general. Students will chose problem areas and in teams research the innovative responses/interventions, role of institutions, strengths and weaknesses of the response and institutional arrangements associated with the problem. A foundation has provided $25,000 for the students to grant to organizations determined as a result of their research.

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