Social Investment and Philanthropy

SIP60004 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours





Aims and objectives

This unit introduces the foundational concepts and current issues in the growing field of social investment and philanthropy. Students critically explore the key social, political, and economic drivers that are reshaping social investment and philanthropy in Australia and internationally and organisational responses to these changes. Topics include: the historical context; the regulatory and legal context; the sectoral context (the ‘third’ sector, the not for profit sector, and the social economy); emerging models and approaches to social investment and philanthropy; fundamentals of grantmaking; fundamentals of social impact investment and social finance; key debates, and the relationship of social investment and philanthropy to public policy.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. Apply coherent and advanced knowledge of concepts and debates in the field of social investment and philanthropy.

2. Apply problem solving and decision making methodologies to social investment and philanthropy issues.

3. Critique and evaluate models of social investment and philanthropy.

4. Analyse and evaluate current and future trends in social investment and philanthropy.

Courses with unit

This unit is a part of AGSE suite of courses and only students studying an AGSE course have approval to study it.