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Determining the Impact of Experiential Philanthropy Courses on Female Undergraduates

The Family Wealth Impact Project

This research project will measure the impact of experiential philanthropy courses on the learning outcomes of female undergraduates.  This trend in philanthropic education at the college level, with substantial financial support from individual and corporate donors, is rapidly growing across the country. Students in the courses apply their academic skills, knowledge and values by distributing $10,000 in real dollars to nonprofits in their local communities.   This study, in tandem with service learning research and theory, proposes that effective learning results from a cycle of academic study, direct work in the community, reflection, and engagement with both intellectual materials and the real world.  This project is among the first of its kind to gather and evaluate evidence of the impact on students of this promising approach to philanthropy education.

Specifically, the project will evaluate the intellectual growth and personal efficacies of approximately 40 female undergraduates.  The evidence of growth and change will be based on questionnaires, classroom observations, personal interviews and analysis of student writing.  This research will be one of several important first steps in ascertaining best practices in the education of the next generation of female philanthropic leaders.

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