Teaching: USC Price School of Public Policy
Nonprofits & Philanthropy
- Philanthropic and nonprofit organizations have a long history of community support and social change in the United States. Their unique position and regulation within the economy allows these organizations to be risk takers and sources of innovation. As a result, many important changes have been the result of nonprofit organizations or their funding.
- The Nonprofit Sector & the Public Interest, PPD 371 (Undergraduate)
- This course presents an overview of the nonprofit sector and the organizations that comprise it. We will discuss the history and growth of the sector within a US context. Careful attention is placed on process of philanthropy and how individuals and foundations can best support nonprofit organizations and the production of public goods.
- As a Learning by Giving Foundation partner course (www.learningbygivingfoundation.org), we have the opportunity to provide the class with funding for an actual grantmaking experience. Students will first work to develop their own philanthropic strategy and goals. Then as a class, they will work to develop a unified approach, evaluate potential recipients, and allocate the grant funds.
- The Nonprofit Sector & Philanthropy, PPD 689 (Graduate)
- This course presents an overview of the nonprofit sector and the organizations that comprise it. We will discuss the history of the sector and its economic, political, and social rationale within a US context. Careful attention is placed on the relationships between nonprofit organizations and to government, for-profits, and social enterprise. The implications for and challenges of policy, strategy, and management are also discussed. Students work in groups to design an ideal nonprofit organization.
- This course presents an overview of the strategies and processes of social innovation in the context of economic, institutional, and innovation theory. We examine how social innovation is operationalized across the three sectors with a focus in the United States. Careful attention is placed on the rise of hybrid organizational structures that push and redefine legal boundaries and the new financial structures available to fund social innovation. Case studies on special topics examine relevant examples of social innovation across organizational forms and areas of interest. The course culminates with the development of a social enterprise business plan.
- Social Innovation, PPD 478 (Undergraduate)
- Social Innovation, PPDE 580 (Graduate)