|University of Wisconsin-MadisonFall 2016||Philanthropy and Civic EngagementDepartments: Civil Society and Community StudiesCynthia Jasper||20 students|
|University of Wisconsin-MadisonFall 2017||Philanthropy and Civic EngagementDepartments: Civil Society and Community StudiesCynthia Jasper||25 students|
|University of Wisconsin-MadisonFall 2018||Philanthropy and Civic EngagementDepartments: Civil Society and Community StudiesCynthia Jasper||25 students|
|University of Wisconsin-MadisonFall 2019||Philanthropy and Civic EngagementDepartments: Civil Society and Community StudiesCynthia Jasper||26 students|
|University of Wisconsin-MadisonFall 2020||Philanthropy and Civic EngagementDepartments: Civil Society and Community StudiesCynthia Jasper||33 students|
|University of Wisconsin-MadisonFall 2021||Philanthropy and Civic EngagementDepartments: Civil Society and Community StudiesCynthia Jasper||35 students|
|University of Wisconsin-MadisonFall 2022||Philanthropy and Civic EngagementDepartments: Civil Society and Community StudiesCynthia Jasper||37 students|
|University of Wisconsin-MadisonSpring 2023||Philanthropy and Civic EngagementDepartments: Civil Society and Community StudiesCynthia Jasper||38 students|
Philanthropy and Civic Engagement
Taught by Cynthia Jasper
Department of Civil Society & Community Studies
Cynthia Jasper, Vaughan Bascom Professor of Women and Philanthropy, is the chair of the Department of Civil Society and Community Studies in the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Dr. Jasper’s research interests include philanthropic education, and topics related to women and their giving. She has authored the publication entitled, “Teaching Civic Engagement Through Student Philanthropy: Theories and Best Practices for Transformative Learning” in the Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership. She has also authored a publication entitled, “Women’s Leadership in Philanthropy” for the Encyclopedia of Nonprofit Organizations. She earned her B.S. at Northern Michigan University and her M.S. and Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Films incorporated into the pedagogy (“American Experience”, “New Heroes”, Poverty Inc”, “Who Cares”)
Inspiring Philanthropist paper
Poster of Nonprofits
For class discussions covering readings, students submit a discussion question about the readings and identify one significant quote from each text to inform the discussion.
History of Giving Activity
One class for a Q&A session with a former student panel
Students review job boards and read about careers in philanthropy at the end of the course.
Created committees so student groups are responsible for various aspects of the class
“The Ambassadors Conference changed so much about my views on giving. I learned that I want to be more collaborative with how I give by consulting more people that just one and from all stakeholder groups. I don’t want people just within the organization. I want professors, the people who we are affecting, peers; I want a lot of people who can give different views so I can make a comprehensive and smart decision about my giving strategy.”Caroline MatkomUniversity of Wiconsin-Madison
“My largest takeaway from my Philanthropy Lab course was experiencing a board set up but having so many people with different perspectives and values. Therefore, there was conflict, but we worked through that. Also seeing the impact that was being made by the organizations and the aftermath of how appreciative they were of the grant. I most enjoyed meeting new people through the course. Being a first year student, this class was a great way for me to engage with my major – the Community and Nonprofit major – so it really allowed me to connect with fellow students and get a feel for what the major is like.”Calli HughesUniversity of Wiconsin-Madison
“Taking this course made me realize the importance and challenges of granting money to different organizations. All of the organizations that applied to our grant are making differences in the world, so choosing which organizations were most deserving was difficult. Being able to make decisions and evaluate which organizations would use the funding properly was something that I learned throughout the course.”Jenna McReynolds
“I think the establishment of our values as a class was very important in helping guide our decisions. Going in blind wouldn't have helped us since almost every organization was doing great work, we needed to prioritize our issue areas and demographics.”Akshay Kalra