- One Semester or equivalent
- 36 hours
On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.
2023 teaching periods
Higher Ed. Semester 2
Last self enrolment:
Last withdraw without fail:
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 :
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
Unit information in detail
- Teaching methods, assessment and content.
Hours per week
Number of Weeks
Face to Face Contact
Workshop, On campus workshops, which are spread throughout the Semester. The number of weeks with workshops may vary based on the timetable each year.
Online Contact Directed Online Learning and Independent Learning
Unspecified Learning Activities
Reflective Essay (Individual) 30-40%
Presentation (Individual) 15-25%
Report (Group) 40-60%
- How philanthropy fits within the broader social impact ecosystem, including the various functions and roles of philanthropy
- Different approaches to enhancing philanthropy’s impact
- The evolution of philanthropy’s role and practices over time, and the current debates focusing on this
- The legal and regulatory context for grantmaking
- Grantmaking processes and practices
- Ethical and governance issues in the grantmaking process
- Technological solutions used as part of the grantmaking process
- Reading materials.
Students are advised to check the unit outline in the relevant teaching period for appropriate textbooks and further reading.