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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 Hannah23 students

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

Jon Hannah is program director of the Notre Dame Law School’s Program on Church, State & Society. Previously, he served five years as director of foundation relations at the University of Notre Dame. He is also currently an assistant teaching professor in the political science department where he teaches a course on philanthropy and the common good. Jonathan previously worked as a policy analyst in Washington, D.C., and has been an instructor at the Lewis University College of Business.

He holds a B.A. in political science from Saint Xavier University, an M.Sc. from Lewis University, a J.D. from the University of Detroit Mercy, and is completing his LL.M. in international human rights at Notre Dame. He was a Fulbright scholar in 2015 and participated in an International Education Administrator program in Germany. His writing has appeared in Real Clear Policy, Philanthropy Daily, Public Discourse, and Notre Dame Magazine.

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

Latest News

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

September 9, 2020

‘Philanthropy and Society’ students allocate $83,000 grant to five local nonprofits