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Multicultural Philanthropy Project


In spring 1995, the Center for the Study of Philanthropy received a five-year, $1.5 million grant from the Kellogg Foundation for the development of undergraduate, graduate, and extension courses, curriculum guides, television programming, lectures and publications on multicultural philanthropy. This project developed courses and related resource materials for ten (not necessarily mutually exclusive) groups: Women, Catholics, Protestants, Jews, Latin Americans and Latinos, African-Americans, Europeans, Native Americans, Middle Easterners, and Asians.

Within this framework, the project focused on the political, social, and economic roles that philanthropy (i.e., the giving of time, money, and/or valuables) has played in enabling each of these groups to broaden opportunities within their communities. The underlying hypothesis is that philanthropy holds the key to understanding the workings of participatory democracy and civil society. Through this program, the Center hoped to redefine popular perceptions of the meaning of "philanthropy" by moving beyond stereotypical associations with robber barons and middle class "ladies bountiful" to include people of every level of society.

A CUNY-wide survey identified over 200 faculty members who are writing and teaching about philanthropy and/or nonprofit studies, or are working with community nonprofits and student volunteer programs.

In autumn 1995, a faculty seminar was convened to begin to conceptualize courses that would draw on this faculty strength. Thirty participants in the seminars included Distinguished Faculty, Center Directors, and selected professors from The Graduate Center and the Senior Colleges of the CUNY system (Brooklyn, Queens, Baruch, Lehman, City, Hunter, John Jay, and Staten Island). The seminars led to the development of curriculum guides for use in the classroom.

.Multicultural Philanthropy Curriculum Guides (PDF)