The iGive Carillon Community

What Makes Real and Lasting Change?

UMD President Loh with 4 iGive studentsLearn about philanthropy, innovation, and social change - then make it happen! As a class you'll identify a social cause you're passionate about then invest $10,000 to an organization promoting change. You'll practice the leadership and entrepreneurial skills of innovators who are changing the world ... for good.

You can expect to:
    • Address some of the big problems facing the world today.
   • Learn effective approaches and entrepreneurial skills required to achieve social impact.
   • Visit various local nonprofit organizations.
   • Develop skills in research, teamwork and presentation.

Note: iGIVE is a two-semester academic program. Unlike the Enterprising Cultures and the Once and Future Planet communities, this program engages you in courses during the fall and spring semesters.

Community Courses

Fall Semester: You will take PLCY214 - Leading and Investing in Social Change: Redefining and Experimenting with Philanthropy. This three-credit course introduces you to theories of philanthropy and engages you in creating your own philanthropic investment fund.
Sample syllabus (Fulfills General Education I-Series requirement)

Spring Semester: You will take PLCY215 – Innovation and Social Change: Do Good Now. This three-credit course provides the opportunity to work on a social issue that you care about. You will investigate the issue, interview stakeholders, and develop a mission statement and project plan. With a team of students you will test your project, receiving feedback from your peers in the 8-week, student-run, Do Good Challenge.
Sample syllabus (Fulfills General Education Scholarship in Practice requirement)


Picture of Patricia BoryProfessor Patricia Bory, School of Public Policy, leads the iGIVE community. She teaches courses in leadership, innovation, and social change. She also serves as Senior Advisor to the Do Good Institute.

Professor Bory has spent her career building strong and diverse leaders, teams, and systems in the public and nonprofit sectors. Most recently she served in the Obama Administration as a Senior Advisor for the Department of Labor in the areas of disability employment and workforce equity; and before that led public engagement at the federal agency that runs AmeriCorps.

Professor Bory’s own leadership trajectory began early on when she advanced from AmeriCorps member to Director of one of the largest-longest standing AmeriCorps programs in California. She embodies a fierce desire to provide similar opportunities to all emerging leaders regardless of race, gender, or zip code. She has also taught leadership at American University. She holds a M.S. in Organization Development from American University.