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DartmouthSpring 2019Leadership in Civil Society: Philanthropy in The Nonprofit SectorDepartments: Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social SciencesRon Shaiko16 students

Leadership in Civil Society: Philanthropy in the Nonprofit Sector
Taught by Ron Shaiko
Department of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy & the Social Sciences

Ron Shaiko is a Senior Fellow and the Associate Director for Curricular and Research Programs at The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences. The 2018-2019 academic year marks his 32nd year of university teaching and his 18th year at Dartmouth College. In November of 2007, he received the Linda ’82 and Paul Gridley Faculty Fellow Award from the Dean of the College; the award recognizes exemplary faculty involvement outside of the classroom. Prior to coming to Dartmouth, Professor Shaiko was the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Politics in the American Studies Center at Warsaw University in Poland during the 2000-2001 academic year. Throughout the decade of the 1990s, Professor Shaiko taught at American University, where he founded and served as the founding academic director of the Lobbying Institute. During his 10 years at American, Professor Shaiko served as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1993-1994 and as a Democracy Fellow at the United States Agency for International Development in 1998-1999. During his three decades of teaching and research, he has received more than $1.3 million in grants, awards, and fellowships. Professor Shaiko currently serves on the board of directors of Vital Communities, a large nonprofit organization serving the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire, as chair of the finance committee and treasurer. He has published several articles and book chapters on the nonprofit sector that focus on organizational governance and roles of women in nonprofit leadership. He is also a contributing advisor and speaker for Leadership Upper Valley. He holds a B.A. in political science and history from Ursinus College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

Hosted a lot of guest speakers:

  • Dorothy Byrne, chair of the Byrne Foundation
  • Dick and Barbara Couch, chairs of the Couch Family Foundation and the Hypertherm-Hope Foundation
  • Katie Merrow, director of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Social Impact Program
  • Kevin Peterson, chair of the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority
  • Kate Norton, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
  • Ashley Doolittle, Associate Director of the Center for Social Impact

Each student interviews a major Dartmouth donor and completes a “philanthropic assessment tool” as an assignment

Each student writes a book report on 1 of 5 books on leadership. Then, students work together with other students who read the same book to create a presentation for the class; this way, each student learns about all 5 books.

Two of the guest speakers (Katie Merrow and Kevin Peterson) helped students develop an “assessment tool for grant evaluation process”

The curriculum is heavily focused on 4 main concepts

  • Leadership
  • Social Capital
  • Civil Society
  • Philanthropy

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