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Washington University In St LouisFall 2019Philanthropy LabDepartments: SociologyElizabeth George21 students
Washington University In St LouisSpring 2022Philanthropy LabDepartments: SociologyDavid Rigby18 students
Washington University In St LouisSpring 2023Philanthropy LabDepartments: SociologyBarbara Levin, David Rigby12 students

Philanthropy Lab
Taught by David Rigby
Department of Sociology

David Rigby is a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Washington University in St. Louis. He teaches courses on Politics, Immigration, Development and Inequality, Statistics, and Research Methods. He received his PhD in sociology from UNC Chapel Hill. David uses quantitative, archival, and computational methods to conduct research into the forces that shape racial inequality—from immigration, to political change, and vulnerability to collective and state violence. He is currently excited about a research project using computational linguistics to measure changes in policy debates within the US Congress.

Before pursuing graduate school, David worked in North Carolina on issues impacting local migrant communities, from wage theft, to local immigration enforcement, restrictive ordinances, housing exploitation, and service provision. He is excited to have the opportunity to get students involved in pursuing local change on pressing social issues in St. Louis.

Class looks at the history of philanthropy over the years before looking at current trends in philanthropy

Pull from a community needs assessment to form groups/select organizations

Groups selected based on grantmaking interests and each group drafts a mission and vision statement at beginning of the class

On the day before each guest speaker/panel, students have an assignment to submit questions for the speaker(s)

Multiple guest speakers

  • Panel of nonprofits
  • Julie Russell from United Way
  • Panel of funders


Latest News

September 9, 2020

Philanthropy Lab Course Funds Five Local Nonprofits