Through a collaboration with The Patterson Foundation and Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, "The Future of the Philanthropic Sector: Experiential Learning with The Patterson Foundation" provides undergraduate and graduate students attending Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy a professional growth opportunity using The Patterson Foundation's initiatives. This semester-long course culminates with a weeklong spring study away experience at The Patterson Foundation in Sarasota, FL.
The course will connect students to The Patterson Foundation, a foundation known for its collaborative philosophy and tenets of change. Students learn innovative philanthropic principles and share their expertise with nonprofits in Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota counties.
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Why is The Patterson Foundation collaborating with the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy?
The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy is the first school dedicated solely to the study and teaching of philanthropy. Since its inception, it has demonstrated a commitment to training and empowering students and practitioners to innovate and lead to create positive and lasting change in the world. This includes its growing bachelor’s, certificate, and master’s programs offering students a mix of theory and practice.
Why does The Patterson Foundation support a course at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy?
Through The Patterson Foundation’s unique position of having an unfettered charter, it can undertake work in ways others are not doing, cannot do, or will not do. In that spirit, supporting a course that allows students to explore the future of work in the philanthropic sector through the lens of The Patterson Foundation’s initiatives opens up possibilities for a new generation of leadership.
What is The Future of Work in the Philanthropic Sector: Experiential Learning with The Patterson Foundation?
The focus of "The Future of Work in the Philanthropic Sector: Experiential Learning with The Patterson Foundation" is to connect students to living examples of innovative philanthropic strategy through The Patterson Foundation and its connections to nonprofits in its home region. The course explores these questions:
- What may the philanthropic sector look like in the future?
- What will it take to build sustainable organizations tackling systemic problems within our local communities, country, and the world?
- How are innovative partnerships begun and sustained?
- What competencies and qualities will leaders of the future need?
- What ideas, questions, and recommendations do thought leaders have about the future of the philanthropic sector?
- Why are foundations different from other nonprofits?
During the semester, students have the opportunity to learn about and focus on capacity building, high-tech, high-touch engagement, making an impact “beyond the check,” and inspiring philanthropy. Over a weeklong spring Study Away experience, The Patterson Foundation connects students with local nonprofits to further explore these areas.
What did students experience in a previous offering of the course?
The spring 2020 offering of the course included ten students selected from a pool of more than 20 applicants. Led by two Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy faculty members, the course met weekly on the IU campus. It focused on a curriculum preparing them for a weeklong spring Study Away experience in Sarasota, taught by The Patterson Foundation’s staff and consultants. While the COVID-19 pandemic prevented students from traveling as planned, The Patterson Foundation and the school’s faculty innovated to deliver the spring Study Away opportunities online, with all students and faculty participating together virtually. Read more about the experiences of the students who participated in the spring 2020 course at The Patterson Foundation’s blog library
When will this course be offered again?
This course is being offered again in spring 2022.
What do students gain from participating in an experiential, hybrid course?
The experiential nature of the course offers a unique opportunity to live philanthropic work in real environments. Because there is a mix of undergraduate and graduate students, this exposure allows for meaningful participation across the experience and interest spectrum.
The Patterson Foundation is proud to showcase the Suncoast’s vibrant philanthropic ecosystem.
What topic areas are the focus for the spring 2022 course offering?
Philanthropy is a field of possibilities with many different avenues for professional growth. By focusing the course on four broad but tangible topic areas drawing on learnings from The Patterson Foundation’s initiatives, students can partake in projects and experiences that accurately represent what work in the field may look like. Students taking the 2022 course offering focus on the following concepts:
Who can apply for the course?
The course is open to any undergraduate or master’s student at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. The response from students has been enthusiastic for previous iterations of the course, with registration closing early to meet demand. Any additional opportunities to participate in the course will be announced here and on the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy’s websites in the future.
Is the course connected to The Patterson Foundation Fellows Program?
Who can I contact about Experiential Learning with The Patterson Foundation?
For more information, contact initiative manager Dr. Joni Steinberg: jonisteinbergTPF@gmail.com.
The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (SCGLR) and The Laundry Project teamed up to hold a Pop Up Neighbor event as part of Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy's Study Away class.