Global philanthropy has become a significant force in recent years, including both funding from developed countries to create change in the developing world as well as the growth of philanthropy in the developing world. The funds available for global philanthropy, forecasts for its future, media attention, levels of involvement, innovative approaches, expectations, and potential – all have grown and changed tremendously in recent years. Importantly, a global culture of philanthropy has begun emerging. Thus, it’s important for any business school student to understand how innovations in philanthropy around the world are having an impact on social, economic and environmental developments.
With this growth has come a set of important questions and challenges that this course will explore:
* Given its small size compared with the for-profit and public sectors, can private philanthropy make a difference?
* What gives private philanthropy its "license to operate," and should it be seeking to change government policy?
* How can success in tackling complex challenges and systems be defined and measured?
* Do traditional models of giving actually work? Have newer models proved themselves?
* What is the best path for philanthropy in developing/emerging markets?
Using research, case studies and expert guests, this class will review current issues and approaches to important issues in global philanthropy, including education, livelihoods, public health and human rights. This class is intended to give MBA students the tools they need to assess opportunities and solutions as well as to become thoughtful, effective philanthropists. Specifically, students will learn to:
1. Analyze complex challenges in the developing world;
2. Evaluate the effectiveness of current programs to address these challenges;
3. Develop strategic options; and
4. Create a plan for funding and assessing results.
Adjunct Professor of Business
Melissa Berman is the President and CEO of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Inc., an innovative nonprofit philanthropy service founded by the Rockefeller family. Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors' mission is to help donors create thoughtful, effective philanthropy throughout the world. RPA develops strategic plans, conducts research, manages foundations and trusts, structures major gifts, coordinates donor collaboratives, and provides regranting and fiscal sponsorship services. Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors annually...