Date(s) - 01/28/2022 - 04/30/2022
12:00 am

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This spring semester, join the PKG Center to explore the potentials and pitfalls of philanthropy as a mechanism for social change. Then, work as a group to grant $7,000 to local community agencies! We will examine how community agencies are addressing the challenges and opportunities facing MIT’s neighboring communities, with a particular focus on community representation, equity, and social justice. 
Taught by: S. Bouchard, A. Hynd, J. Bassett
No textbook information available
Tuesdays, 1-3pm, in 8-119
Confirmed guest speakers include: 
Chris Caines – Senior Impact Manager, Community Reinvestment Fund
Joy Webb – Founder, The Circle of Joy and Program Director, Community Investment Network
Rebecca Riccio – Director, Social Impact Lab at Northeastern University
Deborah Hughes – President and CEO, Brookview
Student testimonials:
“This class provided a great opportunity to give away [real money] in a thoughtful way. It really embodied ‘mens et manus’ as we learned about different forms of philanthropy and how to go about selecting and evaluating organizations and decision processes. It was a very collaborative and social experience as we worked as a team to make our decisions, learning by doing.”
“The main strength of this course is that not only do we get to learn about philanthropy, but we get to practice it ourselves! Donating [real money] is a huge responsibility, and the decision-making involved in that is both exciting and nerve-wracking. I feel like my research and learning had more meaning because it was being actively used to help the community.”