Global Philanthropy Program

The Global Philanthropy Program 

The Global Philanthropy Program will uniquely immerse and engage undergraduate and graduate students in major international issues and the developing world while preparing them to become a generation of leaders and citizens equipped to make a significant difference around the globe.  

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2014-2015 Global Philanthropy Program

In partnership with the Grameen Foundation and its Bankers without Borders program, the Maryland School of Public Policy and the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership plan to offer a winter 2015 abroad course that provides students a deep dive into the NGO and social enterprise sectors’ efforts to promote international development in India.  The Grameen Foundation works with approximately 6,000+ NGOs and social enterprises around the world and its efforts represent the global extension of Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus’s entrepreneurial founding of the Grameen Bank.  This abroad program will harness the skills and policy training of up to 12 MPP and MBA students to accelerate the progress of a number of social entrepreneurs and NGO leaders dedicated to connecting the poor to their potential in India.

Through a major new leadership gift from anonymous donors, the Center is building a new model for student leaders to gain experience with international philanthropy and nongovernmental organizations. Our new Global Philanthropy efforts will immerse undergraduate and graduate students in key international issues and the developing world through hands-on campus courses and experiences abroad as well as scholarships and stipends for students working with NGOs and philanthropic ventures worldwide. It also includes an endowed faculty position for which the Center is currently recruiting. 

Global Philanthropy in India

For MPP students seeking to fulfill their Project Course requirements, this experience will qualify for International Development and Nonprofit Management and Leadership requirements.

Through this program, students will have the chance to apply their newly-developed political, financial, economic, quantitative, ethical, analytical and/or communication skills to real issues in service to actual clients in the social sector.  All students will practice their skills in very concrete ways including: developing useful recommendations for decision-makers; proposing new or modified practices or policies for social enterprises; exploring and adapting best practices; conducting program evaluations; and other work associated with the successful operation of NGOs and social enterprises.

Students will spend approximately three weeks in India during the 2015 Winter Term providing direct, project assistance to a pre-selected group of poverty-focused social enterprises and NGOs, including customized tasks and deliverables to ensure they fulfill all the expectations of a policy school project course.  Prior to departing, we expect all students selected for the trip will receive at least partial scholarships as well as the expectation that the scholarship requires substantial, preparatory training, including, cultural awareness sessions, lectures by thought leaders in the social sector,and best practices training in client-based consulting.

Along with their consulting project assignments in India, students will participate in a number of class sessions with scholars and leaders with deep expertise in NGOs, social enterprises, and international development. The students will also engage in regular project de-brief sessions to help them reflect and think critically about their experiences and lessons learned.  These session will also allow for cross-learnings across projects. At the conclusion of the Winter Term, students will present clear and succinct oral and written deliverables that communicate the results of their work effectively.  For MPP students using this as their Project Course, related requirements of your specialization will still apply throughout the spring semester.  

Israel and Jordan: Engaging and Exploring the Complexities of Global Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership

In January 2014, we embarked on our first abroad program. For three weeks, nineteen undergraduate and graduate students traveled throughout Israel and Jordan on a once-in-a-lifetime study abroad experience.  The course, led by Dr. Noah Drezner, analyzed global philanthropy and the role of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), focusing on the many diverse and complex humanitarian, philanthropic, and NGO leadership issues facing the two countries and the region in general.  The trip immersed students in countless academic and cultural exchanges, including meetings with over 40 NGO and public leaders and consulting projects that leveraged their expertise. 

During the trip, students met with various leaders creating lasting impact in the Middle East. The group began its journey learning about the culture and history of philanthropy in the Middle East from some of the top scholars at Tel Aviv University, Hebrew University, and Ben Gurion University. In order to gain context and see nonprofits in action, students also conducted site visits with local NGOs— ranging from large multimillion dollar foundations to grassroots organizations serving local communities. While in Israel, students split into small groups to begin a more in depth consulting project with one of four NGOs representing a variety of subjects from refugee support to environmental advocacy and empowerment of the blind, deaf, and deaf-blind.  After returning home to the US, students have continued their projects, which will culminate in a final project based on the specific needs of the NGOs.

While in Jordan, students met with a number of influential leaders including top officials from the Jordanian Health Aid Society (JHAS), the King Hussein and Queen Noor Foundations, and the retired General Mansour Abu Rashid, the former head of Jordanian Intelligence. These organizations and their leaders shared reflections on the dramatic influx of Syrian refugees and its impact on the country and their work.

Students regularly posted to a blog chronicling their learning. For a glimpse into two students' experiences, read Sara Gallagher's One Wall, Many Prayers and Ben Simon's Reflecting on Good vs. Evil.

Below are bios of students emersed in the 2013-2014 Global Philanthropy Program.

Suravi Bhandary is a second year graduate student at the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland and is currently a graduate assistant with the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. She worked at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC), Washington DC, as program associate for over two years. Last year she was a Philanthropy Fellow with Kaiser Permanente where she worked for Kaiser’s nonprofit health plan assisting with the selection and management of its grantee portfolio.  In addition she has interned with several non-profit organizations including the Bipartisan Policy Center, Regional Primary Care Coalition and International Crisis Group. Suravi graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2009 with a B.A. in International Relations. She is from Nepal and has lived in India for several years. In addition, Suravi has travelled extensively in India, Nepal, South-East Asia, England, and France. She is fluent in Nepali, Hindi, and conversational Urdu.

Benjy Cannon is a junior, majoring in government & politics and philosophy at the University of Maryland. Benjy recently completed the Digital Cultures and Creativity Program through the honors college. Born in England and raised in Washington D.C., Benjy currently serves as a student representative on the Maryland Hillel Board of Directors. He is the co-founder and board member of a cultural Jewish student group on Maryland's campus, a J Street U National Communications Co-Chair, and president of Maryland's J Street U chapter. Benjy also blogs for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

Nina Daoud is a second-year doctoral student studying Higher Education. Prior to her participation in the Global Philanthropy Program, Nina has worked with the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, the nation's largest non-profit organization devoted to providing college scholarships for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Additionally, she has traveled to a number of countries including Spain, Morocco, Portugal, Germany and Tanzania. Nina holds a Master’s in Higher Education Administration from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor’s in Biology and Society from Cornell University.

Brandy Espinola is a second year graduate student in the University of Maryland’s Master of Public Policy program. She specializes in Environmental Policy with a focus in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. In addition to her studies, Brandy works at the Environmental Finance Center as a project assistant helping to support Maryland’s 157 municipalities as they look for cost-effective and strategic ways to protect their natural assets and revitalize their communities. Brandy is also this year’s WRAGs Philanthropy Fellow for the Community Foundation of Prince George’s County. There she works to enhance the organization’s fundraising strategy to replenish the National Harbor Fund, assists in the grant making process, and promotes the foundation’s workforce development initiative. In addition to her strong background in local philanthropy, Brandy has a strong passion for travel and international development. She has back-packed through Peru, Chile, and Argentina and has studied abroad in Indonesia where she focused on the interconnections between Indonesia’s environmental problems and the country’s development issues. She is excited to be participating in this year’s Israel and Jordan course on Global Philanthropy and NGO leadership where she hopes to integrate her passion for philanthropy with her background in environmental sustainability.

Sara Yousefnejad Gallagher is a graduate of McGill University and a Master of Public Policy Candidate at the University of Maryland, where she specializes in Nonprofit Management and Leadership.  Sara works with the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership, leading the Do Good Challenge.  Sara is also a Philanthropy Fellow at Calvert Foundation this year, where she works with the Strategic Initiatives team on the development of new impact investing portfolios, including a new Diaspora Investment and Engagement Initiative.  Last year she worked as a Philanthropy Fellow for The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region on a number of communications and branding initiatives.  Through professional and personal pursuits, Sara has traveled abroad to Uganda, Turkey, South Korea, England, Scotland, Ireland, and Canada.  Because of her work with Calvert Foundation, her interest in nonprofit capacity building, and as a member of the Middle Eastern Diaspora, Sara is extremely excited to be joining the Israel and Jordan Philanthropy course.

Tamar Gasko is a freshman in the University Honors program of the Honors College at UMD.  As a first semester student, Tamar is still undecided on her major and hopes that participation in the Global Philanthropy will help. Tamar is excited to learn more about Global Philanthropy, especially as it pertains to the Middle East and Israel.  Tamar has traveled to Israel in the past, including a school trip for three months during which she traveled extensively throughout the country, lived on a kibbutz, and did a five day basic “army training.” A precursor to that trip was a five-day tour of the concentration camps in Poland and the old Jewish communities that used to thrive there. Additionally, Tamar spent two months volunteering this past year in Urubamba, Peru. It was a very immersive experience where Tamar lived with a host family, traveled, had daily Spanish lessons, and volunteered with a rural women’s artisan group and in a public school teaching English and good hygiene.

Sarah Gordon is a senior Biology major as well as a candidate for the brand-new Public Leadership minor. Sarah entered UMD in the fall of 2010 as a member of the College Park Scholars Public Leadership program and after receiving her citation in fall of 2012, Sarah continued to be a TA for Public Leadership in the fall of 2012 and 2013. She also participated in the Capital One Leadership Internship Program (CLIP) in the 2011-2012 school year. As part of the CLIP program, she interned at the NGO A Wider Circle in Silver Spring for the fall semester, and then used the global leadership skills that she studied in class during a ten-day immersion trip in Masaka, Uganda. Sarah studied abroad in spring 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa as a student in the faculty of science at the University of Cape Town (UCT). While at UCT, Sarah volunteered for a non-profit that is run through the school, SHAWCO, which works with students in township schools. 

Kahlil Kettering is a first year graduate student and Graduate Assistant for the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. Coming from a multi-cultural Jamaican and “Ohioan” background, he was born in Washington, DC but at the age of five moved overseas and spent 13 years growing up in Nairobi, Kenya. Living in Africa is where he first witnessed global philanthropy, as he helped his father work with an NGO seeking to foster peace and assist refugees from the civil war in Southern Sudan in the 1990s. After returning to the United States for college, he worked at a nonprofit environmental organization in Miami, Florida for five years, advocating for better protections and restoration of Everglades National Park. His first Masters degree is in Global Environmental Policy where he learned about the need for international coordination on many environmental challenges that we face today. He is planning on combining his environmental background with a Master of Public Management degree from the University of Maryland to enhance his skills in organizational development and bring new innovative perspectives to nonprofit management, especially in efforts to diversify the environmental movement.

Jessica Liu is a sophomore double majoring in Government & Politics and Economics with a minor in Piano Performance. She is also a Banneker/Key scholar and is a part of the University Honors program. Jessica immigrated to the United States from Taiwan as an infant. Her multicultural background has influenced her interest in studying International Relations and in serving the global community. Her most memorable service experience is volunteering as an English teacher in rural Taiwan, where she taught sixth graders full-time for two weeks. Last summer, Jessica interned in the U.S. Senate and lobbied congressmen on immigration reform. She is very excited to participate in the UMD-Winter term in Israel and Jordan in order to learn about the sociopolitical issues affecting the region and understand how to address these topics from an international perspective. In the future, Jessica hopes to be specialize in U.S.-East Asian relations or benefit the refugee and immigrant community through working in a non-governmental organization. She is also a Supplemental Instruction leader in the Academic Achievement Program and a board member of the Taiwanese American Student Association at the University of Maryland.

Yeukai Mudzi is a first year Masters student in the School of Public Policy.  She is a Graduate Assistant in the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership, working specifically on the Global Philanthropy team.  Mudzi is originally from Harare, Zimbabwe and earned her Bachelors degree in Economics with an Anthropology minor from Macalester College in MN.   She is also a United World Colleges graduate.  In addition to Zimbabwe and the USA, she has lived, learned, volunteered in, or traveled to Botswana, South Africa, Singapore, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia and is grateful and excited to be making her first trip to the Middle East.  Mudzi has held internship positions in various NGOs ranging from a human right organization to a technology-education organization to an international development organization.  She looks forward to exploring how philanthropy lands on the ground and learning how philanthropy is defined in yet another set of cultures.

Chidiebube Nwaneri is junior Communication major and International Development and Conflict Management minor from Hyattsville, Maryland. She is a College Park Public Leadership Scholar alumnus and completed her capstone for the program by taking the "Art and Science of Philanthropy" course funded through the School of Public Policy. Outside of Scholars, she currently serves as an executive board member of the African Students Progressive Action Committee and is a Commuter Representative on the Student Government Association's legislature. In the future, she hopes to receive a Masters in Public Affairs and to work for a public service organization. Chidi has a strong interest in global philanthropy, and after visiting Nigeria last winter, she plans on starting her own non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational resources for children in her parent's native village in rural southeastern Nigeria. She is grateful for the opportunity to study abroad in Israel and Jordan this winter, and hopes this experience will bring one step closer to personal career goals.

T’Sey-Haye M. Preaster is a third-year doctoral student in American Studies (AMST) at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD). She received her B.A. in African American Studies and Sociology from Smith College, graduating with honors as an Ada Comstock Scholar and Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow (MMUF). Prior to graduate school, T’Sey-Haye served for nearly a decade in community philanthropy as a program assistant for The Rhode Island Foundation (RIF) in Providence, RI, where she worked on statewide grantmaking initiatives and advocacy campaigns for affordable housing (HousingWorks RI), funds for women and girls (Women's Fund of RI) and the LGBTQ community (Equity Action), and initiatives for Nonprofit Excellence (INE), and Black Philanthropy (BPI). T'Sey-Haye has held research and administrative fellowship positions with the Council on Foundation's Office of Professional Development, Diversity and Inclusion in Crystal City, VA; the Aspen Institute's Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation (PSI) in Washington, DC; and she currently serves as graduate fellow and conference planning coordinator for the national American Studies Association (ASA) in Washington, DC, in addition to a graduate assistantship for the University of Maryland's College of Arts and Humanities (ARHU) pilot Social Innovation Scholars Program. T’Sey-Haye’s research interest include: black women’s social movements, institutional leadership and philanthropy in the U.S. (c. 1896-1920); philanthropic theory and practice; nonprofit leadership and social innovation; black feminist theory; and the intersections and impact of race, gender, and class on cultures of giving, identity formation, and group uplift for/by women of color.

Mark Rivera is a passionate and dedicated educator who has worked in a variety of academic contexts. After earning his B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Austin, Mark served in the Peace Corps as a youth development volunteer in Morocco, where he taught EFL classes and led female youth empowerment programs. Upon returning to the States, Mark served as a fellow in the Community Scholars Program at Georgetown University, teaching critical writing to incoming first-generation college students. At the same time he taught English for the Institute of College Preparation and had the pleasure of working with inner-city students from District of Columbia Public Schools. After earning an M.A. in English from Georgetown, Mark served as an Academic Advisor at the University of the District of Columbia as well as Interim Director of the Academic Support Center. Currently, Mark is a Ph.D. student in the Higher Education program at the University of Maryland, College Park. His research is focused on service-learning in higher education and its impact on students from low-SES backgrounds.

Rebecca Scherpelz is a first-year graduate student at the UMD School of Public Policy, specializing in International Development and Nonprofit Management and Leadership. As a graduate assistant with the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership, Rebecca is keenly interested in their global philanthropy work.  Growing up in the Midwest, her interest in international development started as an undergrad at Butler University, followed by five years in the non-profit sector as a disability rights advocate both stateside (Indiana) and abroad (Uganda). She is particularly interested in working with people with physical, intellectual, and developmental disabilities to help ensure they have an equal place in the conversation of community building, leadership, and growth. In addition to multiple trips to Uganda, Rebecca has had the opportunity to visit family in Europe; travel and volunteer in Central America; and participate in a choral tour of South America. She is thrilled to join the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership on the upcoming experience in Israel and Jordan. Outside of school, Rebecca enjoys running, biking, music, theater, time with family, and cheering on the Chicago Cubs.

Kyle Siefering is in his third year at the University of Maryland. He is participating in the School of Public Policy’s joint Bachelor’s and Master’s degree program, and is therefore planning to finish his undergraduate degree in Government and Politics in May of 2014 and will be pursuing his master’s in Public Policy afterward. He is originally from Excelsior, MN, having come to the University of Maryland to be closer to opportunities in government, both international and domestic. In the last year, he has interned in the Office of Congressman Keith Ellison of Minnesota’s 5th congressional district. He is ecstatic about the opportunity to travel to Israel and Jordan through the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership.

Ben Simon is a student in the joint Bachelors and Masters of Public Policy degree program as well as the founder and executive director of Food Recovery Network, an organization that unites students at colleges and universities to fight food waste and hunger by recovering surplus perishable food from their campuses and surrounding communities and donating it to people in need.  Ben founded the Food Recovery Network while a student at the University of Maryland and was the first winner of the Do Good Challenge in 2012.  Since winning the challenge, the Food Recovery Network has become an official nonprofit, expanded from three to 19 campuses, recovered over 140,000 pounds of food and donated it to shelters, and just received a $150,000 grant.  Ben was recently recognized by ABC News and Univision as one of their Top 10 Social Entrepreneurs of 2012.  Ben is excited to be a part of the Global Philanthropy Program and expand his understanding of the role of philanthropy in global social change.

Beatrice Torralba was born in the Philippines and raised in Singapore. Her family immigrated to the United States in 2001. Beatrice hails from the great state of Georgia. Currently, Beatrice is a junior majoring in Government and Politics. Her future plans include going to law school and working in the public policy spectrum, along with dreams of running for political office. While in the College Park Scholars Program, Beatrice was president of the Public Leadership Council and a Scholars Ambassador. Beatrice was also a Rawlings Undergraduate Leaders Fellow and her capstone included interning on Capitol Hill for Congressman Austin Scott and being part of the philanthropy class where she had the opportunity to give $10,000 to organizations dedicated to preventing human trafficking. Beatrice is now a teaching assistant for the Public Leadership program. In addition to Scholars-related works, Beatrice is a member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, the Filipino Cultural Association, and Interfaith Chairperson for the Catholic Student Association.

Joel Vazquez is a sophomore in the process of double majoring in American Studies and Government and Politics, with a double minor in Spanish and German. He is a participant in the University Honors Program in the Honors College and was introduced to the Center for Philanthropy and Non-Profit Leadership through HONR349I – an Honors colloquium that specialized in introducing students to philanthropy and how it can be used as a vehicle for social change.  His experience in the course encouraged him to apply and study in the Rawlings Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program (2014 cohort), where Joel now analyzes public policies and aspects of leadership in a contextualized setting, complementing his education with social issues in philanthropy. As a participant in the global philanthropy program, Joel hopes to broaden his perspective on philanthropy on a global scale, while simultaneously learning from various Non-Governmental Organizations what it means to be an accountable leader in initiating actions designed to alleviate public problems. Joel is thrilled to go on this unique opportunity in order to serve and cultivate his awareness of philanthropy. In his spare time, Joel likes to travel abroad to various countries, such as Mexico, France, Canada, the United Kingdom and Spain, and learn about different cultures and how they interact with each other.

Jalisa Whitley is a second year Master's in Public Policy candidate specializing in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. Jalisa is interested in improving nonprofit capacity through effective collaboration and strategic philanthropy. She is intrigued by the role philanthropy can play internationally in catalyzing innovation and providing safety net support to marginalized populations. She has previously served as a Safety Net fellow with the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region through the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership’s Philanthropy Fellows program. Prior to coming to the School of Public Policy she participated in a short-term study abroad trip to Cluj, Romania and Budapest, Hungary studying race and ethnic relations.

Garrett Zink is a senior Marketing major in the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. He is also a member of the Honors College-University Honors, as well as the Social Innovation Fellows Program. Garrett is a first year member of the Philanthropy Center’s team, working with the planning and organization of The Center’s first ever Booster Fund for the Do Good Challenge, as well as the Do Good Challenge itself. In summer of 2013, Garrett was the Competitive Analysis and Strategic Marketing Intern for ICMA-RC, a not-for-profit investment firm in Washington, DC. Garrett is also the Philanthropy Chairman of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. Garrett is excited to participate in the Global Philanthropy Program to further his understanding of the role of philanthropy in social change movements as well as travelling abroad for the first time. 

Israel and Jordan: Engaging and Exploring the Complexities of Global Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership