A decade ago, Bruce Sievers initiated the course Theories of Civil Society, Philanthropy and the Nonprofit Sector at Stanford University. Sievers developed this course to train young minds to think critically about the nature of philanthropy and the role it plays in promoting public good in a modern democracy. However, this year, instead of asking students to simulate their actions through providing virtual funding, they were given actual dollars to donate to Bay Area nonprofit organizations. The Once Upon a Time Foundation generously donated $100,000 to the Stanford course to be gifted to local charities and nonprofits.
The students were divided into four groups – International Development, Health and Environment, Education, and Thinking Outside the Box – each focusing on identifying different ways to help solve societal issues. The class had ten weeks to organize themselves and complete everything from identifying dozens of reputable nonprofits, soliciting and vetting proposals, interviewing and analyzing the financial health of local organizations, and finally awarding between $5K–$25K to the selected organizations. The recipients included:
Oakland Kids First ($25,000)
NURU International ($20,000)
Camfed Foundation ($15,000)
Global Fund for Women ($10,000)
Global Grassroots ($5,000)
TeachAids is honored to be chosen as one of the recipients and lauds the passionate efforts of the students and the leadership at the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at Stanford for their generosity and support.
For more information see the San Francisco Chronicle article.
Photo (Left to right): Kim Meredith (Executive Director of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society), Isabelle Wijangco, Jenny Rempel, Fabiola Camacho, Bruce Sievers (Instructor for Theories of Civil Society, Philanthropy and the Nonprofit Sector course), Supriya Misra, Piya Sorcar, Sara Christine Conklin, and Peter Varga.