Taught by Katherine (Kat) Walsh, director of student engagement and director of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, U-M Office of University Development (OUD).
Social change cannot occur without an infusion of financial resources particularly as the public service sector does not have the financial capital to invest in solving every pressing social issue. Fundraising promotes a culture of possibility --- it’s the intersection of personal passions and organizational needs. Increasing your knowledge of industry best practices and gaining fundraising skills are critical to your success in social impact work. This mini-course serves as an opportunity to engage theory in practice (praxis) through the study of fundraising for nonprofit organizations in the United States. We will learn about fundraising history, principles, best practices, and shortfalls through guest lectures from industry leaders, readings, self-reflection, group dialogue, and an applied learning project. This year's applied learning project involves Food Gatherers, a local nonprofit in Ann Arbor.