VIDEO: Philanthropy Students Discuss Charitable Giving on TV News

VIDEO: Philanthropy Students Discuss Charitable Giving on TV News

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Students who took the SESP Learning Philanthropy class — along with their professor, dean Penelope Peterson — appeared in a recent news segment to give advice on charitable giving. In the class the students not only learned about the history and process of philanthropy, but they also actually gave away $50,000 to nonprofits that benefit young people and adults.

Northwestern seniors Jackie Edelson and Sarah Watson and sophomore JoAnna Frazier discuss the lessons they learned while investigating nonprofits. They and their classmates did research and made site visits to determine the best beneficiaries for the funds, which were provided by the Once Upon a Time Foundation.

Sarah Watson tells Ivanhoe Broadcast News, “I think a lot of people will see a great cause and immediately want to donate to it without necessarily looking at why they want to give.”

“We want them to think about their goals. We want them to think about what they want to do with the money. We want them to think about the impact and we want them to think about how you measure the impact,” Peterson says.

In the video the students identify websites for investigating charities, but they maintain that nothing equals seeing the charity for oneself. The video appeared on news stations numerous cities and towns across the U.S.

By Ivanhoe Broadcast News
Last Modified: 1/20/15