Philanthropy and the Common Good

Philanthropy and the Common Good is an experiential learning course offered at the University of Notre Dame through the Department of Political Science and the Hesburgh Program in Public Service. Our students engage and learn from local nonprofit organizations in the greater South Bend and Michiana area by conducting site visits and requesting funding proposals. Students spend the semester-long course analyzing these proposals and work as a board of directors to award real grants that advance the common good in our community.

This course is possible thanks in large part to The Philanthropy Lab, an organization that sponsors similar courses in philanthropy throughout the nation. Our course is also sponsored by the University of Notre Dame’s Office of Public Affairs, and by generous alumni and friends. To learn more about this course, or to make a financial gift to help its continuation, please contact the course instructor, Jonathan Hannah, JD, at