|Rice UniversitySpring 2017||Giving to Learn: Philanthropy in Theory and PracticeDepartments: Center for Civic LeadershipVida L. Avery||14 students|
|Rice UniversitySpring 2018||Giving to Learn: Philanthropy in Theory and PracticeDepartments: Center for Civic LeadershipVida L. Avery||13 students|
|Rice UniversitySpring 2019||Giving to Learn: Philanthropy in Theory and PracticeDepartments: Center for Civic LeadershipVida L. Avery||15 students|
Giving to Learn: Philanthropy in Theory and Practice
Taught by Vida L. Avery
Department of the Center for Civic Leadership
Vida L. Avery holds a Ph.D. in educational policy studies, with a major in higher education and a concentration in philanthropy from Georgia State University, an Ed.S. and M.Ed. in education from Brenau University, and a B.A. in economics with a concentration in business administration from Spelman College. Her professional career spans 20 years in the educational arena with 10 years in the nonprofit sector as a former teacher, adjunct professor, foundation program officer, and a grant writer. Avery’s latest work, Philanthropy in Black Higher Education: A Fateful Hour Creating the Atlanta University System (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), won the Outstanding Publication winner for the 2014 CASE John Grenzebach for Outstanding Research in Philanthropy for Educational Advancement. Her desire to preserve the stories of black nonprofit leaders also led her to coauthor a previous book, Race, Gender and Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) that centers on the lives and experiences of female and black leaders of foundations and nonprofits. Currently, Avery lives in Houston, Texas where she is a Resource Development Specialist at the Center for Grants Development, Harris County Department of Education and teaches classes at Rice University, The Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership.
Students run a formal board meeting to make final decisions
Use personality test to help form groups
For one class, students must pick 1 person in philanthropy from a list provided by professor and be prepared to discuss that person in class.
Students write award/deny letters
About a 3 hr class – first 2 hrs for lecture, discussion, guest speakers, etc; last 50 mins set aside for group work (“lab activity”)
Partner with Center for Civic Leadership (CCL) to vet orgs
2 students work with the CCL to plan Giving Ceremony
Reflection papers at beginning and end of semester (philanthropic autobiography at beginning of semester, and experience of grant-making process at end of semester)
“I think my biggest takeaway from both the class and the conference is that giving responsibly and effectively is a challenge. Not only have I learned to be critical of philanthropy and power structures, but also to appreciate the impact that strategic, thoughtful giving can have.”Sara MeadowRice University