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University of Notre DameFall 2019Philanthropy: Society & the Common GoodDepartments: Hesburgh Program in Public ServiceJonathan Hannah25 students
University of Notre DameFall 2020Philanthropy & the Common GoodDepartments: Hesburgh Program in Public ServiceJonathan Hannah23 students
University of Notre DameFall 2021Philanthropy & the Common GoodDepartments: Public Service, Political Science Jonathan Hannah22 students
University of Notre DameFall 2022Philanthropy and the Common GoodDepartments: Public Service, Political ScienceJonathan Hannah24 students

Philanthropy: Society & the Common Good
Taught by Jonathan Hannah
Department of the Hesburgh Program in Public Service, Political Science, Constitutional Studies

Jonathan Hannah is Director of AmPhil’s Center for Civil Society. He leads online and in-person educational events for fundraisers, nonprofit professionals, donors, and others interested in philanthropy and civil society. He has extensive experience in grant writing and university capital campaigns. Prior to AmPhil, Jonathan worked as a policy analyst at a large grantmaking foundation. He has also worked in corporate and foundation relations at Lewis University, was Director of Foundation Relations at the University of Notre Dame, and worked as a Program Director at the Notre Dame Law School. He has taught business communication courses, and teaches an undergraduate experiential learning course on Philanthropy & the Common Good in Notre Dame’s College of Arts & Letters. Jonathan holds a B.A. in Political Science from Saint Xavier University, an M.Sc. in Management from Lewis University, a J.D. from the University of Detroit Mercy, and an LL.M. from the University of Notre Dame. His writing on philanthropy has appeared in Philanthropy Daily, Real Clear Policy, and Public Discourse. He resides just outside of South Bend, Indiana with his wife and son. In his spare time he enjoys exploring America’s National Parks.

Click here to view the Notre Dame Philanthropy & The Common Good Page.

Each student randomly assigned an individual assignment early in the semester that helps the class in the grantmaking process

  • Board of Directors Leadership Team
  • Social Media & Stewardship Team
  • Awards Ceremony Team
  • In-House Counsel Team
  • Development Team
  • Evaluation Team
  • Giving Book Team

Each group picks at least two local orgs to visit

Throughout the course of the semester, they Board has six formal board meetings

  • Board officers for Board of Directors will be selected at random by prof
  • All students are members with equal voting power


  • Minimum grant amount 4k, max amount 20k
  • Orgs in Michiana area

Students volunteer at a prior grant recipient and write a reflection about their experience

  • Audrey Feldman, Jack Cordell, Kelly Mansour – former students will talk about the class and give general advice
  • Caitlyn Clinton – Director of Student Philanthropy at ND
  • Cat Edmonds – Former student who currently works in ND development, focusing on local donors
  • Ryan Trzaskowski – President of the ND Club of Saint Joseph Valley
  • Lauren Pizzella – Former student who also works on grants for a past grant recipient
  • John Tyler – General counsel and corporate secretary for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Latest News

January 10, 2023

Philanthropy Students Award $75,000 to local nonprofits

December 3, 2021

Philanthropy and the Common Good Student Award $78,600 to Local Nonprofits

February 1, 2021

Philanthropy students award nearly $50,000 to local nonprofits

Student Testimonials

In my volunteer work we always had to operate under significant constraints. There was never enough money, enough staff, enough time, enough space, enough anything. This course taught me that philanthropy also operates under similar constraints. Philanthropic organizations don't have enough money, enough staff, enough time, or enough space to provide all the resources that every organization needs. Having a greater appreciation of the scarcity that both non-profits and philanthropists face has expanded my perspective and given me unique insights for working in both fields.

Audrey FeldmanUniversity of Notre Dame