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.
The Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership is thrilled to announce that we are developing a new Global Philanthropy Program. The Global Philanthropy Program will generate a new caliber of students while strengthening the capacity of NGOs around the globe. These students will become the next global leaders and entrepreneurs who are spurring actions and innovations locally and around the world. Future coursework includes a foundational course in global philanthropy, an abroad course, and a practicum course allowing students to extend projects with NGOs or start their own venture. Students will also participate in domestic and international internships. Along with transformational experiences here and abroad, the university’s proximity to the world’s most important international development organizations will provide access and partnerships with major leaders and entrepreneurs for campus events, mentoring, and site visits. We are also in the process of hiring a faculty member to support this exciting new initiative.
Israel and Jordan: Engaging and Exploring the Complexities of Global Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership
Philanthropy is one of the building blocks of all three of the monotheistic religions that call Israel home. Tzedakah, the Hebrew word for philanthropy, comes from the root of the word justice and is based in tikkun olam, the Jewish concept of ‘repairing a broken world.’ Charity is one of the Five Pillars of Islamic practice. In Christian theology charity, Latin caritas, is a form of altruistic love. It is with this in mind that we will explore the multifaceted world of philanthropy in the Middle East in our first study abroad course.
Dates: December 31 – January 19 Faculty: Professor Noah Drezner
Cost: Approximately $4,000 plus airfare of $1181, with the potential for full scholarships
Overview of Course Concepts and the Abroad Experience
While abroad, we will visit with various NGOs, attend lectures from renowned leaders and experts, and work directly with various organizations through hands-on projects. Overall, we will work with organizations related to the following topics:
- The Israeli/Palestinian Peace Process
- Gender equality within a religious and cultural context
- Environmental sustainability
- Minority and immigration
- LGBT issues
The course will also include various important cultural excursions to allow students to enjoy and appreciate the rich history and culture of Israel and Jordan. Students will have the opportunity to engage in the following cultural activities:
- Visiting important political and historical sites in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
- Waking up early to hike to the top of Masada in time to see the sunrise above the Jordanian hills followed by a chance to float in the Dead Sea.
- Exploring the ruins of Petra and camp in the valley of Wadi Rum in Jordan, both UNESCO World Heritage sites.
- AND MUCH, MUCH MORE!