Spring 2020
Sociology 306
Monday/Wednesday: 2:30pm – 4:20pm

Office: O’Connor 336
Office Hours: Mon/Wed 10:30 – 12:30 or by appointment
Phone: (508) 626-4864
E-mail: isilver@framingham.edu

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course explores the significant work nonprofit organizations do to address social problems. Students decide how to donate funds to local nonprofit organizations working to expand access to opportunity for low-income communities. They assess specific organizations’ merits for funding by evaluating grant proposals and doing site visits to get a firsthand glimpse of how these organizations accomplish their goals. Students also do fundraising to expand their capacity to help people in need.

READINGS:

There is one book to purchase, which you can buy from the university bookstore or at the link below:

Ira Silver, Giving Hope: How You Can Restore the American Dream. CreateSpace, 2013.

All other readings are linked below on the syllabus.

*Please bring assigned readings to class. For those that are online, either print them or access them electronically in class via your laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

ATTENDANCE:

I understand sometimes there are justifiable reasons for missing a class, but if you miss more than two it will affect your grade. If you have to be absent, please let me know. There is no need to give me a doctor’s note. It is your responsibility to catch up on material you missed.

*On the four dates indicated below, it is important that you be available to take part in site visits to organizations under consideration for funding. These trips will likely extend beyond our regular class time.

Wednesday, February 19th
Wednesday, April 15th

Wednesday, April  22nd
Monday, April 27th

GRADING:

Your final grade will be based on the following:

25% Evaluations of grant applications

20% Fundraising involvement

15% Class attendance and participation

10% Grant ceremony participation

Other extra-credit opportunities will be announced in class.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Given the Sociology Department’s commitment to maintaining the highest academic standards, students should be aware of the University’s policies concerning academic honesty, which are stated in the undergraduate catalog: “Integrity is essential to academic life. Consequently, students who enroll at Framingham State University agree to maintain high standards of academic honesty and scholarly practice. They shall be responsible for familiarizing themselves with the published policies and procedures regarding academic honesty.” Infractions include plagiarism, cheating on exams and quizzes, unauthorized collaboration with other students, and submitting work in more than one course for academic credit without prior approval of the instructor. The FSU Catalog defines plagiarism as “claiming as one’s own work the published or unpublished literal or paraphrased work of another.” Penalties for academic dishonesty may include receiving a failing grade for the course, academic suspension, and dismissal from the University.

NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY:

By taking this class, you agree to abide by Framingham State University’s policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity. The University is dedicated to providing educational, working, and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people. The Massachusetts Civil Rights Act (“MCRA,” M.G.L. c. 12, §§ 11H11I11J) protects the rights of all residents of and visitors to Massachusetts to be free from bias-motivated threats, intimidation, and coercion that interfere with their civil rights. The MCRA protects the right to attend school, live peacefully, and enjoy other basic rights.

Wednesday, January 22nd

*Course Overview

Monday, January 27th

*Read: Claire Gaudiani, “Philanthropy: Investing in America’s Freedom and Progress.” USA Today, July 2005.

*Read: “Jody Bennenson, David Campbell, and Lindsey McDougal, “Learning by Giving: How Today’s Students Can Become Tomorrow’s Philanthropists.” The Conversation, November 26, 2017.

Wednesday, January 29th

Monday, February 3rd

*Read: Dorian O. Burton & Brian C.B. Barnes, “Shifting Philanthropy From Charity to Justice.” Stanford Social Innovation Review, January 3, 2017.

*Read: Peter Buffett, “The Charitable-Industrial Complex.” New York Times, July 26, 2013.

Wednesday, February 5th

No reading!

*Due via email by 10am – Your list of 3 nonprofits that you are interested in researching for your fundraising pitch.

Monday, February 10th

*Read: Ira Silver, Chapters 4 and 5 in Giving Hope: How You Can Restore the American Dream. This is the book required for purchase.

Wednesday, February 12th

*Read: Ira Silver, Chapters 6-7 in Giving Hope: How You Can Restore the American Dream. This is the book required for purchase.

*Read: Bottom Line website

Guest: Bianca Reyes, FSU class of 2020

*Assignment: Bring 2 written questions that you would like to ask Bianca Reyes about the work Bottom Line does and its significance.

Monday, February 17th

*No class – Presidents’ Day

Wednesday, February 19th

Site visit to Bottom Line

***The bus will leave from in front of May Hall at 1:30.

*Assignment: Bring 3 written questions that you would like to ask about the work Bottom Line does and how we can best support it.

Monday, February 24th

*Guest:  Audrey Kali, Communication Arts Department

Wednesday, February 26th

*Nonprofit pitches

Monday, March 2nd

*Nonprofit pitches

Wednesday, March 4th

*Due by 10am – Email me up to 18 choices of organizations you’d like to invite to apply for funding. Send me only the number of the organization.

Thursday, March 5th

*If the class did not select your organization as among the group we are inviting to apply for funding, by noon email your contact person the letter below (with a copy of the email sent to me).

*If the class selected your organization to be among the group we are inviting to apply for funding, by noon email your contact person (with a copy of the email sent to me). Give your message a catchy title — e.g. “Grant Opportunity” or “$10,000.”

Monday, March 9th

*Read: Sample grant applications from prior years.

*Blackboard post due by 10am: Evaluation of sample grant applications – Write 4 paragraph – 1 about each of the sample grant applications. Discuss what you find strong or not so strong in the application. Refer to specifics in each application.

Wednesday, March 11th

*Read: Winning 2019 grant application from Catie’s Closet.

*Assignment: Bring 2 written questions that you would like to ask our guests about Catie’s Closet and about her experience as a grant applicant in 2019.

*Guest: Mickey Cockrell, Catie’s Closet

*** SPRING BREAK ***

Monday, March 30th

Below are instructions for joining our Zoom meeting. Please do so by 2:30. Begin the process 5-10 minutes earlier if this is your first time using Zoom. A video recording of our class can be found here:
https://zoom.us/rec/play/vZN4Je2uqz43H9KS5QSDB6V_W47sLKys0yAbqPsKnkmyWiJVY1OgZbsbZOvW8GR9nKynnTkg7NUKJXM4?continueMode=true

  • If you haven’t used Zoom before and do not yet have the Zoom app, you can either download it from Zoom’s Download Center or it will automatically download when you join your first Zoom meeting
  • To join our meeting — as well as EVERY other meeting we’ll be having the rest of the semester — click on the link I sent you.
  • Then, click “Open Zoom meetings”
  • Then, click “Join with Computer audio”

TOPIC FOR DISCUSSION ON ZOOM: After spending some time getting familiar with using Zoom and catching up with one another about a few things, we’ll have a conversation with Amy Kingman and Shanna O’Berry from the Learning by Giving Foundation.

*Assignment: Read through the Learning by Giving Foundation website (https://learningbygivingfoundation.org/) and re-watch the video I showed earlier this semester that the foundation made for its 15th anniversary (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6O5ZHAJwGxc). Then, write down two questions that you will be prepared to ask Amy and Shanna.

Wednesday, April 1st

Join the Zoom meeting at 2:30. A video recording of our class can be found here:
https://zoom.us/rec/play/75Itdr2vqT03SdHBuASDAKN5W43uL_2shCMfrPMLn02yV3cFYVDyY7USa-JBe3WjmG21gfiX5O3jZn7w?continueMode=true

TOPIC FOR DISCUSSION ON ZOOM: Your evaluations of the following grant applications.

Rachel’s Table

A Place to Turn

Food for Free

Metro Housing

*Blackboard post due by 10am: Write 1-2 paragraphs for each of these grant applications. Discuss in detail what you find strong or not so strong in their materials according to the criteria in our RFP. Refer to specifics in each application.

Monday, April 6th

Join the Zoom meeting at 2:30. A video recording of our class can be found here:
https://zoom.us/rec/share/_pVtBeju6zlJU6vXyXnWA_APH4PYX6a8hyUW-vMOmUYB048_1AP4Mv7RSW-rrmhi

TOPIC FOR DISCUSSION ON ZOOM: Your evaluations of the following grant applications.

The Food Project

Natick Service Council

Center for Teen Empowerment

Rooted in Restoration

*Blackboard post due by 10am: Write 1-2 paragraphs for each of these grant applications. Discuss in detail what you find strong or not so strong in their materials according to the criteria in our RFP. Refer to specifics in each application.

Wednesday, April 8th

Join the Zoom meeting at 2:30. A video recording of our class can be found here:
https://zoom.us/rec/share/6OlLAJzpykxJGo3y7UrHBfR4D4Xeeaa8gHUd-ftezE5owQXQPwCTYvk5aoXOE2gr

TOPIC FOR DISCUSSION ON ZOOM: Your evaluations of the following grant applications.

The Salvation Army Kroc Center

Bay Cove Human Services

Hope and Comfort

Cradles to Crayons

*Blackboard post due by 10am: Write 1-2 paragraphs for each of these grant applications. Discuss in detail what you find strong or not so strong in their materials according to the criteria in our RFP. Refer to specifics in each application.

Monday, April 13th

Join the Zoom meeting at 2:30. A video recording of our class can be found here:
https://zoom.us/rec/share/z9F7H6n0qHlLZLPzxFHzVv8rRd3bT6a82iFN-fYJzU2qXSQGXiPdkPbhPO0ho4pn (Access Password: E8%0Q%3!)

TOPIC FOR DISCUSSION ON ZOOM: Your evaluations of the following grant applications.

Let’s Get Ready

WHEAT Community Connections

Strong Women Strong Girls

Horizons for Homeless Children

Raising a Reader

*Blackboard post due by 10am: Write 1-2 paragraphs for each of these grant applications. Discuss in detail what you find strong or not so strong in their materials according to the criteria in our RFP. Refer to specifics in each application.

Wednesday, April 15th

Join the Zoom meeting at 2:30. A video recording of our class can be found here: https://zoom.us/rec/share/448oJLft2nxIfonL9H7AfoF6Obj3T6a82ydN8_VZmRntdM4awYgIFqqimmeGixnO (Access Password: A7=52f8*)

TOPIC FOR DISCUSSION ON ZOOM: The organizations that will get site visits.

*Due by 10am – Email me your ranking (with 1 being the highest) of the nonprofits still under consideration for funding.

Monday, April 20th

Join the Zoom meeting at 2:30. A video recording of our class can be found here:
https://zoom.us/rec/share/_P1MDaHup2BJXInK4xvReekOLqa7X6a803JP8qINmh4s_smZkIvYi8ES5GBmPQh3 Password: 3a#G?+!8

TOPIC FOR DISCUSSION ON ZOOM: Site visit with Rooted in Restoration.

*Assignment: Be prepared to ask 3 or more questions about this organization.

Wednesday, April 22nd

Join the Zoom meeting at 2:30. A video recording of our class can be found here:
https://zoom.us/rec/share/3u12L57AyG1IY9bz5WPcC_MvFI_6T6a813Ubq6cJyR5i_5sfbH-c0ITFNZl9FGkm Password: 5c@4o61^

TOPIC FOR DISCUSSION ON ZOOM: Site visit with Hope and Comfort.

*Assignment: Be prepared to ask 3 or more questions about this organization.

Monday, April 27th

Join the Zoom meeting at 2:30. A video recording of our class can be found here:
https://zoom.us/rec/share/6v50d6jxz19LS6PjyhGHVf4HIYDYeaa8hHRP-_oEnx4gHlYn2zV3JgkbPxTx2hY9 Password: 9F?kT9!8

TOPIC FOR DISCUSSION ON ZOOM: Site visits with A Place to Turn and Food for Free.

*Assignment: Be prepared to ask 3 or more questions about each organization.

Wednesday, April 29th

Join the Zoom meeting at 2:30. A video recording of our class can be found here:
https://zoom.us/rec/share/-pdNMpPB32xLSav871CAW58mQ6DMX6a8hCQW_vIJnxppS7bP82oINFjzfAMedjUd Password: 6Q#U8WG^

TOPIC FOR DISCUSSION ON ZOOM: Evaluation of site visits.

*Blackboard post due by 10am: Write 4 lengthy paragraphs — one for each of the organizations we site visited. Discuss both the strengths of the site visit and any concerns it raised for you. What are the reasons to fund — or not to fund — each of these organizations?

Monday, May 4th

Join the Zoom meeting at 2:30. A video recording of our class can be found here: https://zoom.us/rec/share/u8xKK-7b8lNLWKeR7WiFR_8TN7jHX6a82iJMqPcIxB3nVHLFG1ES23F68NGg7gv5 Password: 0F$8EiPI

TOPIC FOR DISCUSSION ON ZOOM: Making a grant decision and the details of our grants ceremony.

Wednesday, May 6th

Join the Zoom meeting at 2:30. A video recording of our class can be found here: https://zoom.us/rec/share/y9FQcqPS2nFJWavmxU2YXIQwRsPeeaa8hHQarvsMzk9FuWENrmCujigBlHAxRL2N Password: 5X=0*93@

TOPIC FOR DISCUSSION ON ZOOM: Course wrap-up

Tuesday, May 12th

Join the Zoom meeting at 11:30.

***GRANT CEREMONY***