American Studies | For Whose Profit? Charity, Benevolence and the Nonprofit Sector in America
A201 | 0357 | Peter A. Kraemer

This course will explore the evolution of philanthropy in the United
States--loosely defined as "private action for the public good"--
through major historical and theoretical works on philanthropy by
Benjamin Franklin, Alexis de Tocqueville, Andrew Carnegie and
others. Its main focus, however, will be on the present state of
American philanthropy: a network of foundations, networks and
institutions that form a professional, non-profit "third sector."

Adding practice to theory is a central goal of this class. Students
will be required to learn firsthand about the practice of
philanthropy by working in a community project for 20-25 hours
during the semester. The instructor and the Bloomington campus's
Instructional Support Services will help pair students with projects
that best fit their individual interests and schedules. For
information on service learning, browse to

Because of the service learning hours required in the course,
written work will be reduced to three brief (2-3 page) reaction
papers on key assigned texts and a final paper based on the
students' individual service learning projects (8-10 pages). There
will be no in-class examinations, but students' active discussions
and commitment to service will be crucial for the success of the
course. While this course is ideal for students currently involved
in service projects of their own or those who are considering
applying for national service (Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) after
graduation, interested students with little or no prior volunteer
experience are especially encouraged to enroll.

This section substitutes for the introductory service-learning class
for the minor in Leadership, Ethics and Social Action. Contact for more information.