We define philanthropy as the giving of resources in an engaged and strategic way for maximum impact and in a tax efficient manner. It can include the giving of money, assets, time, talent, voice and one’s social capital. We believe in the power of philanthropy as a great social connector and the source of many great opportunities.

City Philanthropy

A Wealth of Opportunity

Education Courses

Nov 7th 2014

Donorwise: well-informed, strategic & engaged giving for City millennials 

An introduction to effective philanthropy from City Philanthropy.

This highly-interactive half-day workshop designed for young professionals highlights the personal and career benefits of philanthropy as well as offering practical advice on how to become donorwise.

This 'philanthropy in a nutshell' workshop will equip donors with an awareness of effective giving and provide key strategies to acheive the most from it, both personally and professionally. Participants will be signposted on to active giving opportunities through the various City networks that exist for millennial philanthropists.

This course is an essential primer for young people who want to make their mark on the world and join with like minded people and inspiring charities.

This workshop is designed to be delivered on corporate premses for up to 40 participants per session. It can be tailored to refect the style of each corporate. The content will be a mixture of talks, discussions and group activities. Guest speakers may also participate. There will be no formal or summative examination but participants may become part of future research to understand how they developed as philanthropists.

The next Donorwise course will take place in 2016. Sign up to the City Philanthropy newsletter to find out about the next Donorwise course first.

If you are interested in organising a workshop within your own organisation please contact Cheryl Chapman at cheryl@cityphilanthropy.org.uk or call 07725234126.

Cass Business School, City University, London

PgDip/ MSc, Grantmaking, Philanthropy and Social Investment

Lead discipline: Business

This course aims to:

  • Develop a clear understanding of the principles and practices of funding
  • Explore the importance of all aspects of the management of funding
  • Develop skills in problem solving, risk assessment and probity of applications
  • Explore ethical frameworks within funding

Relevant modules include: Principles and Practices of grant making, Management of grant making

Northumbria University

MSc, International Development with Philanthropy

Lead discipline: Social Sciences

The course aims to:

  • Equip students with a critical and up to date understanding of key contemporary trends and patterns in international development and philanthropy
  • Understanding of the roles and impacts of philanthropic organisations and the ways their policies and practices shape how individuals and communities experience and challenge poverty and marginalisation
  • Develop a critical appreciation of the changing dynamics of relationships between civil society actors, activity and institutions, ranging from philanthropic foundations, to international development
  • Enhance students' employability in relation to international development and philanthropic practice and research and understand and engage critically with key contemporary debates within the sector

Relevant modules include: Philanthropy, giving and volunteering

Northumbria University

MA, Cultural Management

Lead discipline: Arts

The course aims to:

  • Explore where cultural theory meets management practice
  • Offer an innovative approach to creative and cultural leadership, including operational and strategic management with a specialist focus
  • Offer professional development at high level, encouraging students to critically reflect on policies, procedures and practices informed by theory, considering audience engagement and development, income generation, customers and consumers

Relevant modules include: Philanthropy and fundraising

University of Kent

Module: Fundraising and philanthropy (SO839)

Lead discipline: Social sciences

The course aims to:

  • Provide an up-to-date overview of current academic knowledge about philanthropy and industry knowledge regarding funding practice

The curriculum will include topics such as:

  • The history and development of philanthropy and fundraising practices
  • The extent and limits of knowledge about philanthropic giving
  • Theories of philanthropy and charitable giving
  • Media representations of philanthropy and fundraising
  • Policy-making, government and philanthropy
  • The management of fundraising: trustee boards, planning, market research, evaluation
  • Individual donors (part 1): donor recruitment and donor retention using direct marketing, face-to-face approaches, community fundraising and events
  • Individual donors (part 2): major donors
  • Institutional donors: charitable trusts and foundations and corporate philanthropy
  • Critical issues in fundraising: new technologies, measuring impact and ethical aspects
  • Critical assessment

University of St Andrews

Module: Philanthropy and philanthrpeneurs - the business of doing good (MN4243)

Lead discipline: Management

The course aims to:

  • Critically examine and review  the philanthropic field, its nature, characteristics, drivers and activities

Philanthropists and philanthropic foundations are taking an increasingly active role in shaping society and using their private resources for public benefit and social change. But what motivates business leaders to act as philanthropists? How can we understand philanthropic organisations and their role in society? What, if any, is the impact of philanthropic activities on society? How are business models and ideas changing philanthropy?

University of Kent

In 2016 the University of Kent's Centre for Philanthropy will launch a Master's in Philanthropic Studies, for those working or hoping to work in the philanthropy sector.

The course will provide a high level understanding of key debates through innovative and research-led teaching. The course will be available as a distance learning course or standalone modules. The proposed modules include: Fundamentals of Philanthropy, Advising Donors and Effecitve Philanthropy. 

To find out more visit The Centre For Philanthropy

London School of Economics

The Marshall Institute of Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship 

The recently announced Marshall Institute will be launched later in 2015. Its core aim is to improve the impact and effectiveness of private contributions for the public good. 

The Marshall Institute's activities will focus on four key areas: Learning, Research and Development, Community and Stewardship.

Visit the Marshall Institute to find out more.


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