Increasing Quantitative Analysis in Baylor's Philanthropy Lab Course

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2020

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McBride, Margaret

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This paper examines the decisions, results, and implications of Baylor’s spring 2017 Philanthropy Lab class grants. The paper first outlines the research and decision making processes utilized by the class in the spring 2017 semester. Two grants made to the organizations UnBound and R Labs act as case studies for analysis of successes and failures within these grants. Both grants deviated from their original intent, and thus provide insight to process improvements. These case studies act as the foundation for an analysis of how to improve the philanthropy course and decrease the likelihood of negative outcomes. Final recommendations for the course focus on increasing quantitative analysis in the grant-making process. This includes increasing project research, analyzing organization funding sources, and researching organization and industry metrics. The primary aim of these changes is to lessen the potential downside risk of grants with more thorough thought processes.

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Philanthropy.

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