Strategic Philanthropy

SIP80015 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent


Contact hours

  • 36 hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2024 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

29 Jul 24 - 27 Oct 24

3 Dec 24

Last self enrolment:
11 Aug 24

31 Aug 24

Last withdraw without fail:
13 Sep 24


37.5 credit points AND Enrolment in Master of Social Impact AND Completion of SIP60004 Social Investment and Philanthropy
75 credit points AND Enrolment in a Swinburne Business School's Master Degree AND Approval from the convenor

Aims and objectives

This is an applied unit in which students explore philanthropy’s strategic role supporting organisations and initiatives aiming to address social and environmental challenges. It examines how philanthropy fits within the broader social impact ecosystem. Students will critically reflect on the different approaches which can enhance philanthropy’s impact, and consider how the role of philanthropy is evolving. Students will develop an understanding of the key components of grantmaking processes, including the legal and regulatory context and ethical and governance challenges. As this is an experential learning unit, students design and implement a process that culminates in making a real grant to an organisation. 
Graduate Learning Outcomes: Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to :
1. Apply coherent and advanced knowledge of the key concepts, approaches and debates in relation to philanthropy’s role as a funder of social impact
2. Apply problem-solving and decision-making methodologies in the context of grantmaking
3. Critically evaluate governance and decision-making practices within the context of grantmaking
4. Communicate effectively to a variety of audiences and function as an effective member or leader of a team