Summer (1st Session) 2005 Course Description

Seminar on Topics in Public Policy

Section Title: US Perspectives on Civil Society: Philanthropy, Volunteerism and the Nonprofit Sector
Instructor(s): Sarah Rehnborg
Course: P A 388K - Seminar on Topics in Public Policy
Unique Number: 95902
Day & Time: Tuesdays, Thursdays, 6:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Room: SRH 3.109
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Notes: June 30th, July 5th & 7th

Description: In "US Perspectives on Civil Society" students will be introduced to the origins, philosophies, practices, structures, laws, cultural traditions and religious roots associated with the philanthropic sector, broadly defined. Although the US did not invent the third sector, nor does it hold exclusive rights to the traditions of giving and serving, the strength of the sector, the depth and reach of its services, and the legal structures that enable the US civil society, are legendary.

Through reading materials, lectures, guest presentations and site visits, students will explore the underpinnings of philanthropy, the role of foundations and charitable giving in facilitating service; the organizational structures and management concerns of nonprofits, membership associations and grass roots organizations; the contributions of volunteers in governance, advocacy and direct service, and other topics germane to an exploration of the civil society.

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