"This course has given me the tools to identify organizations that not only tackle a relevant social issue, but also make an impactful difference in the community or target population. Tools such as the RISE model demonstrated above, understanding missions and goals, as well as attainable outputs and outcomes are just a few of the tools I would use to identify organizations to support. This course has opened my eyes to the struggles of working with a non-profit organization as well as the struggles each organization faces in trying to obtain funding while continuing to serve their clients. Though challenging, this has been one of the most interesting and dynamic classes I have taken and has challenged me to think outside of the classroom and into the challenges human services professionals face every day. "
"This course has allowed me to better understand how to evaluate organizations in order to choose where to donate. It is important for people to take time to consider the effectiveness especially the impact an organization makes. If more people were to learn about the variety of organizations that exist and evaluate their effectiveness more issues would be able to be addressed throughout the world. "
"This course has helped me respect the value of money in a philanthropic organization, the process of grant writing, and the difficult decision foundations must make everyday in deciding who is “worthy” of their money. I used to prefer not to think about the money aspect of philanthropy because it is much less attractive than the heart and purpose of the organization. However, I now see that organizations cannot function without money. I wish it weren’t this way, but money is an important and necessary aspect of philanthropic efforts that we can’t ignore. What goes on behind the scenes (in asking for money) is just as important, as what the organization is actually doing. This course has helped me see that."