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Students Tackle Challenges of Charity

Northwestern course in responsible giving highlighted in The New York Times

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June 2, 2014
Philanthropy class
Dean Penelope Peterson of the School of Education and Social Policy says students are surprised to learn of the many challenges of real-world philanthropy.

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Some people think it's easy to give away money, according to Dean Penelope Peterson of the School of Education and Social Policy. Until they take the course she co-teaches on philanthropy, which is featured in a May 29 article in The New York Times highlighting the unexpected challenges in real-world charitable giving.

The course, endowed with a grant from the Once Upon a Time Foundation in Texas, requires students to find and investigate various organizations in need. If the groups stand up to scrutiny, students may choose to give them a portion of the $50,000 cash pot at the heart of the final class project.

Participants describe the task and observe it is good training for future jobs in the nonprofit sector.

Read the complete article at The New York Times.

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