The iGIVE Program: How Can Doing Good Create Change for Good?
I Enable Change
About this Program
Have you ever wondered how to make real and lasting community change? Begin your Maryland experience by exploring your notion of doing good and investigate why change is difficult. Then use this knowledge to GIVE — give of yourself, your talents and experience to a cause you are passionate about. Give money — work as a group to invest $10,000 in social change. Through our year together, you will learn and practice the leadership and entrepreneurial skills of innovators who are changing the world ... for good.
The iGIVE program, housed in the School of Public Policy in partnership with the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership, will give students unique exposure to a number of projects and initiatives that the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership is involved in, including the Do Good Challenge, Philanthropy Fellows Program and the Global Philanthropy Program.
Learning is anchored in the program courses taught by program faculty. This program is defined by two unique courses designed for Carillon Community students that satisfy the University of Maryland General Education requirements complemented by the Introduction to the University course. Advising of students will occur in Letters and Sciences, the students' academic home until major declaration. Students will also live together in Easton Hall.
Learning Together: The Courses
PUAF 214 - Leading and Investing in Social Change: Redefining and Experimenting with Philanthropy (Fall Semester) is a three credit course that meets requirements for I-Series and Scholarship in Practice.
Hunger, homelessness, educational inequity … these are just a few of the problems facing our community today. How do we tackle these issues? What is to be done? What can you do? This course will allow you to be an active participant and decision-maker in solving these issues. It provides you with a foundational understanding of philanthropy and the efforts of nongovernmental and nonprofit organizations. We define philanthropy as an exploration of how one develops a vision of the public good and then deploys resources to achieve an impact. You will have the opportunity to connect with leaders and expert speakers in class and learn about the effective approaches, entrepreneurial skills, and leadership required to achieve a social impact and spark a social innovation. You will explore different types of philanthropic ventures, ranging from NGOs and foundations to business and hybrid social ventures. Ultimately you and your peers will be given the opportunity and responsibility to create your own philanthropic investment fund and award a $10,000 grant to an organization working in an issue area chosen by the class. Review the organizations that have been funded by students taking similar classes at UMD.
PUAF 215 - Innovation and Social Change - Do Good Now (Spring Semester) is a three credit course that meets requirements for Scholarship in Practice.
Now that you have the foundational knowledge of practices for social innovation, take that learning and apply it in this dynamic scholarship in practice course. This course goes beyond the traditional lecture course by combining the imagination and creativity of transformative action for the social good with the pragmatic approach of entrepreneurship and innovation. It is team-based, highly interactive and dynamic, and provides an opportunity for students to generate solutions to a wide range of problems facing many communities today.
The course will be tailored for students in the learning community to address issues and organizations related to a topic chosen by the group. You and your peers will deepen your understanding of entrepreneurship and innovation practices by creating and implementing a team project. These projects serve as the laboratory to implement topics such as developing and communicating a strategy and goals, project management and implementation skills, teamwork and talent management, fundraising and revenue generation, marketing and partner development, leadership skills and project sustainability. At the conclusion, students will not only leave with a deep understanding of the channels in which to create change, such as venture start-ups or the nonprofit sector, they will have also tested their projects against those of their peers in the 8-week, student run, Do Good Challenge.
UNIV 100: Introduction to the University: Carillon Communities (Fall Semester) is a one credit course that will help students craft a meaningful and purposeful University experience. This course has been designed to engage students in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship spirit and use design thinking. The course will be taught by academic advisors from Letters and Sciences working in collaboration with UMD's Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Living Together: The Residence Hall
Students in the iGive program will live together.*
They will reside in Easton Hall, in the Denton Community on North Campus. In Easton Hall the Department of Residence Life offers the Syn*Quest Collaborative, a program that encourages students to collaborate in order to achieve common goals, integrate their academic and co-curricular experiences, and engage with others who are different from them. A range of activities are offered through the program including: social activities designed to help you meet other students, Guided Study Sessions offered by the Learning Assistance Center, Math Success coaching in nearby Oakland Hall, career or major exploration classes and internship preparation workshops offered by the University Counseling Center and the University Career Center, Common Ground Dialogues, special sections of EDCP 217: Introduction to Leadership, and career exploration fieldtrips.
*All students who desire to live in campus residence halls and participate in Carillon Communities must complete a Housing and Dining Agreement available at the Undergraduate Admissions Application Portal located HERE. Applications must be completed by May 1 to be guaranteed on-campus housing for 2014-2015.