Mon/Wed 3:15-5:05 pm; Studio 1, d. school; ME 293; 3-4 Units; Credit/No-Credit

Offered: Spring Quarter 2014

When individuals or organizations attempt to solve social problems by giving money, they often overlook the people at the center of the situation. The bigger the problem, the more removed the donors or funding institutions become from the human experience. You will learn how to use human centered design to shape your giving, while also considering the roles of larger systems. Students will learn design thinking methods, how to conceptualize a system in which you want to make a difference, and creative ways to think about financing change.

For this class, we will be partnering with TheDream.US Scholarship Program and the Omidyar Group.  TheDream.US is a national scholarship fund for undocumented immigrant youth who want to obtain a college education and give back to their communities.  The Omidyar Group is a philanthropic investment firm dedicated to creating opportunity for people to improve their lives.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Learning by Giving Foundation, students will also have $10,000 that they will collectively distribute during the class towards addressing the given design challenge.

Enrollment limited to 20 graduate and undergraduate students. Application deadline extended to March 31. Fill out the online application and attend the first day of class on March 31. Apply here:

Teaching Team
Nadia Roumani, & Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society
Lucy Bernholz, Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society