Strategic Philanthropy

SIP80015 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36

2020 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

3 Aug 20 - 1 Nov 20

8 Dec 20

Last self enrolment:
16 Aug 20

31 Aug 20

Last withdraw without fail:
18 Sep 20


75 Credit Points, plus interview with course director for "non-Social Impact" students

Aims and objectives

 From 2019 this unit will be known as Strategic Philanthropy (previous name Strategic Philanthropy and Grant-making)
This unit is an experiential learning and applied unit in which students learn how to develop the strategic, governance, and institutional architecture that underpins a structured giving program. Students will critically explore the core components of effective grant-making, the processes and mechanisms of strategic giving, the legal and regulatory context, and the ethical and governance challenges grant-makers face in an immersive and real-world context. 
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to :
1. Apply coherent and advanced knowledge of the key concepts, models and debates surrounding strategic philanthropy and grant-making
2. Apply problem solving and decision making methodologies to a strategic grant-making environment
3. Critically evaluate and apply governance and decision-making practices within the field of philanthropy
4. Communicate proficiently in professional practice to a variety of audiences and function as an effective member or leader of a team

Courses with unit

This unit is part of the Social Impact degrees in Swinburne’s Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship.