The School of Philanthropy

The Gift of Giving Wisely: Indianapolis Charities to Receive Grants from IUPUI Charitable Giving Class at December 7th Event


Students earning the first-in-the-world bachelor’s degree in philanthropy

Local charity representatives from:

  • Fathers and Families Center
  • Hope Academy, The Recovery High School at Fairbanks


Awarding of grants from “Learning by Giving” class students in the IU School of Philanthropy
Students also will discuss how they selected recipients, what they learned on-site at the charities and their experiences in learning to give responsibly.


Friday, December 7, 2012, 10:00 a.m.


Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, IUPUI
550 West North Street (Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing building)


Over-sized check, students making a difference


Media are invited to cover the event; we will be happy to arrange interviews at other times as well.


What if someone gave you $10,000 to give away? 

That’s the challenge 12 IUPUI undergraduate students fulfill December 7 when they give two Indianapolis charities grants for a program that helps improve children’s lives by improving their father’s chances for finding jobs through assistance with appropriate interview clothing and transportation costs and for a charter high school that allows students to focus on recovering from drug and alcohol addiction while earning their diploma.

In the hands-on “Learning by Giving” course, students learn the process of giving wisely and making grants, from deciding what community issues to address and writing requests for proposals to conducting site visits and evaluating applications. Grant funds are provided by the Learning by Giving Foundation founded by Doris Buffett, sister of Warren Buffett.

Six of the students are earning the first-in-the-world bachelor’s degree in Philanthropic Studies at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Two years after the program was launched, 45 undergraduate students who want to change the world are now pursuing a B.A. in Philanthropic Studies; another nine are minoring in it.