NEW BRITAIN - Central Connecticut State University will soon begin offering a class teaching students the principles of philanthropy and giving back to the community.
The undergraduate course, “Peace Studies 210: Introduction to Philanthropy,” will run from Jan. 17 to May 9. During the 16-week course, students will study local needs, create a case study, and write a proposal following the American Savings Foundation grant-making guidelines.
“We’re jumping in with both feet,” said Richard Judd, lead professor and president emeritus of CCSU. “Philanthropy is a tool of social change at every level of society: local, national, and international. Students in the class will learn the history, theory, research, and the motivations involved in philanthropy.”
Professor Carol Shaw Austad will co-teach the program with Judd.
“They will learn more than just philosophy,” Austad said. “This class is hands-on. Students will work in teams to design a philanthropic strategy. They will meet with New Britain non-profits and evaluate impact, just like any foundation. We expect them to make a strong case statement for an organization or project.”
The course will include 25 presenters from local non-profit and philanthropic organizations. At the end of the course, up to two of these projects may each be funded with a $5,000 grant from the ASF.
“There is so much to like about this course,” said Maria Falvo, president of the American Savings Foundation. “For one, many of these young people may go on to work at or volunteer with non-profits. They may be fortunate enough to become donors themselves. This essential training lays the groundwork for a future in philanthropy.”
CCSU President Dr. Zulma R. Toro said the new course is another example of the university connecting with the city, and includes many presentations from members of the New Britain community.
“These community leaders are such a diverse and thoughtful group,” Toro said of the presenters. “Pastor Thomas Mills of Grace Church shares a session with New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart. Dr. Ali Antar of the Berlin Mosque is on the agenda as is Dr. Claudia Thesing, formerly director of development at the New Britain Museum of American Art. The speakers represent a real cross-section of the community.”