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Framingham State course on charitable giving to dole out $5k in grants

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  January 4, 2012 02:16 PM

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Local organizations will benefit from a new Framingham State University course this spring that will teach students strategies for effective philanthropic grant giving.

The course focuses on distributing grants that combat rising economic inequality in the United States to area organizations. The class is provided $5,000 from the Highland Street Foundation to distribute as they see fit.

Students will learn about the social contexts giving rise to economic inequality, as well as the nuts and bolts of how effective philanthropic giving works. They will identify local organizations that are addressing this issue and complete a grant process for determining which agencies they deem most promising to fund.

“This course is part of a growing trend toward experiential learning within colleges and universities,” said Dr. Ira Silver, a Framingham State sociology professor.

“Many schools in the Boston area – and indeed around the country – are exposing students to how the nonprofit sector can address pressing social problems. This is a significant development given that we live in an era of declining public trust in the government’s capacity to solve problems.”

The Highland Street Foundation was established in 1989 and gives more than $10 million to charitable causes each year.

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