Fueled by a variety of funders, courses in experiential philanthropy have sprouted up over the past fifteen years. As “hybrid” community-engaged learning experiences, however, these courses raise several questions. Can courses where students make decisions about giving to not-for-profit organizations be sources of learning about community, equity, and democracy? In a model where students are funders and community-based organizations are “supplicants”, do students learn the same lessons concerning power, privilege, and cultural humility as they might when working directly with organizations? This session will interactively engage participants in these questions and more, as well as the different perspectives and pedagogies represented by experiential philanthropy courses.
Understanding what “experiential philanthropy” means
Interacting with facilitators around key content and pedagogical elements of experiential philanthropy courses
Engaging with facilitators in critical questions about how the challenges philanthropic giving poses to democracy, opportunity, and inclusion are met by these courses