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The Business of Philanthropy: Global Philanthropy Consultancy Project

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Project Summary:

This GLE project was designed to expose nonprofit graduate students to business practices that could be utilized by the sector and graduate business students being exposed to the nonprofit sector as a possible career option.  With real world challenges provided by nonprofit organizations located in the USA, the students from DePaul University and Nottingham Business School/Nottingham Trent University dove into solving the problems serving as consultants. Working together, the 7 teams blended their nonprofit and business knowledge and expertise to provide innovative and meaningful solutions to the clients. These solutions were provided in person in a corporate setting with many of the nonprofit organizations in attendance.

​Project Length:

  • ​​​​5 w​eeks​
Technology Tools Used: 
  • Microsoft Teams
  • WhatsApp
  • Outlook
  • Flip Video
  • Canva
  • WebEx
  • Zoo​m
  • Panopto Video

Interaction Mode: 

  • ​Synchronous
  • Asynchronous  

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Students c​ompared, contrasted and analyzed the nonprofit sector and the business world.
  • Students explained the role of volunteering at a nonprofit organization, especially in a post COVID world.
  • Students identified the challenges and opportunities in terms of revenue stream diversity of a nationally/internationally recognized cultural institution that is a nonprofit organization.
  • Students described the differences and identify the similarities in the nonprofit/NGO/charitable sectors with the corporate/business world.
  • Students compared and contrasted giving patterns in different countries, especially how individuals contribute financially and in terms of time (volunteering).

​​​Faculty Feedback:

"​The highlight of the GLE was watching the DePaul students learn from the NTU 'business' students and the NTU 'business' students have 'aha' moments around the nonprofit/philanthropy world. At the start, neither thought they had anything in common except completing these assignments however by the end, they realized how much 'alike' they were/are and how much they learned from each other during this GLE." ~Lisa Dietlin

"To see our students present their final recommendations at the McDonalds University HQ in front of their business clients alongside their DePaul students partners was fantastic. The professionalism they demonstrated and the genuine sense of achievement they had after the event was lovely to witness.​" ~Paul Wreaves


​For more information on this project, please see the article posted here​



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Lisa Dietlin

Lisa Dietlin

Institution: DePaul University
Discipline: Philanthropy/Nonprofit
Course name: Special Topics: The Business of Philanthropy

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Paul Wreaves

Paul Wreaves

Institution: Nottingham Trent University
Discipline: Management
Course name: Internationalisation Consultancy Project

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Partner Institution

DePaul University
Chicago, IL, United States

Nottingham Trent University
Nottingham, England

 

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