New Course on Philanthropy for Fall 2016

A new public administration course titled “Resourcing Societal Change: Philanthropy and Impact Investing” will be offered in an in-person, intensive format this fall.

Philanthropy — the love of humankind — is as old as civilization. But in the last century it has come to take on significant importance and influence as philanthropic organizations have grown in size and impact. In the last 10 years, philanthropy has adapted to a new set of interests and tools: the investment of resources that result in financial and social impact.

Today, the organized field of philanthropy and its companion field, impact investing, are growing at a remarkable speed. This course will explore the origins of philanthropy and impact investing and provide students with an in-depth understanding of:

  • How philanthropy works today and the nuances that exist among different forms of philanthropy and investment;
  • Individual giving, foundations, corporate philanthropy, and impact investing;
  • New trends among individual and institutional investors;
  • Different approaches that funders are taking to influence how services are delivered; and,
  • Striking efforts to affect systems changes.

Photo of Katherine PeaseThe instructor is Katherine Pease, who has worked with foundations, investors and organizations for over 20 years.

She served as the executive director of the Gill Foundation and as Senior Vice President for Philanthropic Investments and Policy at Gary Community Investments, which includes The Piton Foundation. She has also consulted extensively with foundations, investors and nonprofits organizations on strategy, program design, organizational development, and related topics. She regularly presents on topics ranging from social equity in impact investing to strategic planning for foundations and philanthropic networks.

She earned her B.A. from The Colorado College and her M.P.A. from The University of Colorado. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Global Greengrants Fund. She is also on the Steering Committee of Impact Finance Center at the University of Denver and she serves on the Advisory Board for the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver.

Course details:
PUAD 6600
Special Topics in Public Administration – Resourcing Societal Change: Philanthropy and Impact Investing
Section 003 | In-Person (Intensive): Oct 28, 29; Nov 17-19; Dec 1-3



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