UBC Sauder Philanthropy Program Overview

Focused on developing a deep understanding of philanthropy, students are provided with opportunities to learn from community leaders about the fundamentals of philanthropy. Philanthropy takes many forms – managing grants, running non-profits, and impact investing, just to name a few. Learning components include:

  • Workshops: Led by industry professionals and faculty members, the workshop series includes topics such as scaling operations, impact investing, and fundraising.
  • Speaker series: Past speakers include Debra Hewson (CEO, Odlum Brown), Arran and Ratana Stephens (founders, Nature’s Path Foods) and Kevin McCort (CEO, Vancouver Foundation).

To build on learning components, students are provided with opportunities to gain hands-on experience in philanthropy:

  • Job Jar: Program Associates work closely with non-profits and social enterprises to tackle business problems. Professional consultants and mentors will provide guidance and support.
  • Professional development: Program Associates will be able to attend networking events and skills development workshops. Past events include: BC Social Venture Partners Mingles, Family Legacy Series presented by UBC Sauder's Business Families Centre, and other faculty and alumni events.

2016-17 UBC Sauder Philanthropy Program Annual Report 

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