Philanthropy, Entrepreneurship, and Social Justice

Fall - September 18–November 21, 2021
Modality, Day & Time:
Online - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  

Nicholas Pelzer

Course Description

Social entrepreneurs are individuals with innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social, cultural, and environmental challenges. What practices can businesses adopt to align their bottom lines with sustainability? How can we do well while doing good – and while embracing principles of equity, access, participation, and human rights? What is the role of Philanthropy in identifying, supporting, and scaling innovative individuals and organizations to promote positive change?

In the context of policies, course participants are introduced to key concepts and skills associated with philanthropy, social entrepreneurship, finance, and economics and are consequently enabled to think proactively about solving some of the world’s biggest problems – while also probing how profitability and social justice might intersect and at times come into conflict.

Through the use of case studies, current research, and engagement with leaders in the social sector, participants will engage with some of the significant social challenges we face today and explore potential solutions. The course includes asynchronous work, which students are expected to complete between class sessions.

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EESJ0114 | Call Number: 15335

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Nicholas Pelzer

Nicholas Pelzer is a philanthropic advisor and consultant. He has coordinated the launch and expansion of several multi-million dollar grantmaking programs focusing on critical areas of education, health, research, and promoting diverse leadership in the public sector. Pelzer began his grantmaking career as an associate providing seed funding and technical assistance to young people launching social ventures and currently works with stakeholders across the country to attract, train, evaluate, and support school leaders in urban areas. Pelzer holds his doctorate in education from Teachers College at Columbia University, a master’s degree in public administration from Bernard M. Baruch College-CUNY, and a B.S. degree in communication from James Madison University.

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