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Course Provides Real-World Experience in Philanthropy

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This spring saw the third offering of a service-learning course for graduate students that provides real-world experience in awarding grants and encourages community engagement.

The School of Public Administration offers PAD 6236 - Philanthropy, Fundraising and Social Entrepreneurship in partnership with the Central Florida Foundation in Orlando. Students who take the course are generally enrolled in the school's Master of Nonprofit Management program.

Instructor Stephanie Krick, who also directs the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance at UCF, teaches the course with Mark Brewer and Michelle Chapin from the foundation. "This partnership enables us to give students the opportunity to experience grant-making from the funder's perspective. Students are able to develop grants they determine will have the greatest impact on the organization and community," Krick said.

This spring, Krick and her foundation colleagues taught 10 students, divided into five groups of two. Each group worked with a foundation mentor to learn what the foundation looks for when matching community needs with resources.

"The students researched organizations, arranged for site visits with the prospective award recipients and made recommendations on the distribution of actual funds," Krick shared. "To date, students have made recommendations of approximately $300,000 in funding to local nonprofit organizations."

Read an article about the course in the Central Florida Foundation's May 2014 newsletter

Watch a video about the course



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