A new class offered this semester through Rice University’s Center for Civic Leadership (CCL) taught students about the role of philanthropy in addressing social issues and gave them real experience with awarding grants to nonprofit organizations.

Thirteen undergraduates and one graduate student enrolled in “Giving to Learn,” a three-credit academic course launched this spring. They studied with Vida Avery, a Houston fundraising professional, to learn about the history and role of philanthropy and to learn to be grant makers themselves.

Throughout the semester, students requested proposals from nonprofit organizations that already had a relationship with the CCL and vetted the organizations and proposals through a rigorous process. After deliberation, the students chose five organizations to receive grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.


May 11, 2017

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