Philanthropy and Society

RCSM 150

RCSM 448


Department of Recreation and Sport Management

Indiana State University

Fall 2003


MWF  2:00 – 2:50

Science Building #176


Professor:  Dr. Nancy Brattain Rogers, Associate Professor and Campus Director of American Humanics Program


Office:             Department of Recreation and Sport Management, Arena B-64

                        Center for Public Service and Community Engagement, Erickson 120


Phone:             237-2189 (RCSM)

                        237-2474 (CPSCE)


If I am not in my office you will reach my voice mail at these numbers.  If you prefer to leave a message with a secretary, please call 812-237-7900.




Office Hours:  I generally will be in my office in the Department of Recreation and Sport Management during these hours:

M   3:00 – 4:30 p.m.              

Th   9:00 – 11:00 a.m.



Credit Hours:  Three credit hours.  This course is a requirement for the American Humanics Certificate in Nonprofit Organization Management and an elective in the Department of Recreation and Sport Management major.

Course Description: This course explores the role, history, operation, impact and future of non-profit and philanthropic organizations in the context of recreation, youth serving and human service agencies, and hybrid social purpose organizations, with a particular emphasis on the benefits, impacts, and outcomes upon society.

Textbooks and Readings:

        Ehrenreich, B. (2002).  Nickel and Dimed: On Not Getting By in America. Henry Holt & Company, Incorporated.  (ISBN # - 0805063897)

·         Weekly readings are linked to the course web page or will be distributed in class.



Other readings may be assigned during the semester.  Specific information about how to locate those readings (internet, library reserve, etc.) will be distributed in class.

Course Assignments:

1.      Each student is required to spend a minimum of 20 hours completing a service-learning project or providing on-going service to a local nonprofit organization.  The product of the project is a 3-5 reflective and evaluative paper.  We will discuss the specific requirements of the project and paper in class.  This assignment is worth 50 points.

2.      Identify a local philanthropist/volunteer in the Terre Haute community.  Write a 1500-2000 word feature article about the philanthropist.  You must interview your subject prior to completing the article.  The article should include basic summary information about the individual, descriptions of his/her service to the community, and information about how and why this person became a philanthropist/volunteer.  Each student must write about a different person.  I recommend you read the local news in the Terre Haute Tribune Star or visit with staff at a local nonprofit organization to identify the influential philanthropists in Terre Haute.  This assignment is worth 50 points.

3.      A short writing assignment is due every week.  Assignments will be distributed the week prior.  Short writing assignments are a cumulative 150 points.

4.      Service Project – The class will develop the assignment description for this project.  It is worth 50 points.

5.      Midterm and final examination.  Two exams will be given during the semester.  Both exams will consist of reflective essays and/or case studies.  Students will be allowed to refer to books, notes, and other course materials during the exams.  Each exam is worth 50 points.

Course Policies:

·         No food will be consumed in the classroom. Drinks are okay.

·         Turn off cell-phones and audible beepers.

·         Students who plagiarize another student’s work or misrepresent anyone else’s work as their own will fail the course.  According to the 2001-2002 University Standards, academic dishonesty can result in a failing grade in the course, suspension from the University, or expulsion from the University.  Please review the following web sites to familiarize yourself with avoiding plagiarism:




·         Attendance at every class is expected. Each student is allowed two excused absences during the semester. In order for an absence to be excused you must provide a written note or send an E-mail message to the instructor prior to the course period or as soon afterwards as possible in the event of unforeseen circumstances. All unexcused absences will result in a deduction of two percentage points (2%) from your final grade for each day of class missed. Students who have a perfect attendance record at the completion of the course will receive a bonus of four-percentage points (4%) added to the final grade. Students with absences in excess of nine classes will fail the course.

·         Assignments are due in class on the date and time indicated.  No late assignments are accepted unless prior arrangements have been made with the instructor.
Grading Scale

360-400 = A

348-359 = B+

320-347 = B

308-319 = C+

280-307 = C

268-279 = D+

240-267 = D

239 or below = F

Course Outline:




August 27

Introduction to Course

Overview of American Humanics


September 3

Background, Frameworks, and Terms

Handout – Defining and Describing the Nonprofit Sector

September 8

Philanthropy and Human Nature

Leading from the Heart: The Passion to Make a Difference  - Leadership Stories told by Kellogg National Fellowship Program Fellows

September 15

History of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Sector

“The Subjective Necessity for Social Settlements” by Jane Addams

“The Objective Value of a Social Settlement” by Jane Addams

“The Gospel of Wealth” by Andrew Carnegie

September 22

History of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Sector

September 29

History of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Sector


October 6

Mission Driven Human Service Organizations in Contemporary America

Nickel and Dimed review due.

October 13

Arts for the Masses: Charitable Giving and the Performing Arts in the U.S.


October 20

Environmental and other Special Interest Nonprofit Organizations


October 27

Fundraising and Marketing in the Nonprofit Sector


November 3

Fundraising and Marketing in the Nonprofit Sector


November 10

Working with Staff in a Nonprofit Organization


November 17

Volunteers and Boards


November 24

Volunteers and Boards


December 1

Charting a Career Path in the Nonprofit Sector


December 8

Charting a Career Path in the Nonprofit Sector


Final Exam:  Monday, December 9, 3:00 p.m.