Looking for a few good nonprofits

Moneybag Man
In the fall of 2013, I will offer a course at Trinity University on grant-writing and fundraising.  The course will engage juniors and seniors in a series of projects to bridge their liberal arts content knowledge to careers in the non-profit sector.  To stay informed about the course as it develops, be sure to follow the course tag on this blog.

Each student enrolled in the course will partner with a local nonprofit organization to write a grant proposal or a fundraising plan.  San Antonio nonprofits are invited to request a Trinity grantwriting or fundraising “intern” by emailing me (cscholz@trinity.edu).

Please note that the students will be undergraduates with little or no experience in this area.  Don’t expect them to come back at the end of the semester with a bag full of money!  The students will need considerable guidance in learning about your organization.  They will need access to your previous grant proposals (successful and unsuccessful) and other pertinent files.  The best partners for this class will be organizations that can spare a little time each week to mentor the student.  In order to be assigned an intern, organizations MUST have 501(c)(3) status.  Our preference is for organizations that have been in existence for at least two years at that have held at least one fundraiser (or campaign) or submitted at least one grant proposal.

Students will sign an internship agreement with your organization detailing the final product and your requirements.  This is meant to be as close to a real-world consulting experience as possible.  Students will not pass the class if they haven’t fulfilled the agreement.  Since the experience will be part of the structure of a class, the student will receive guidance from the instructor, complete readings and assignments to structure their work, and benefit from a peer group of classmates working on similar projects.

The class will have an open-door policy for partner organizations.  If the class is covering a topic of interest to you, please visit.  If you would like to talk to the students about your organization, ask them to volunteer or recruit them to work for you, we’re all ears!  All course readings, videos and other materials will be made available online and may be used to train your own employees and volunteers.

If your organization is not ready for an intern, but you are interested in partnering with us in other ways, I am looking for

  • guest speakers, particularly in the areas of nonprofit law and accounting,
  • recommendations of readings and other materials for the class,
  • news about local events related to nonprofit management that might be of interest to the students,
  • volunteers to give students feedback on their projects and judge their class presentations.

I welcome your questions and suggestions about the class.

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True democracy

Banana Smile

“The wonderful thing about food is you get three votes a day. Every one of them has the potential to change the world.”

– Michael Pollan

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1978-6-a-Miniature White House

“Government didn’t get smaller under the Republicans; it just lost its stature.”

– anonymous comment on DailyKos

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The Average Teacher

Tutoring Center

The average teacher explains complexity; The gifted teacher reveals simplicity.

– Robert Brault

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The Demon-Haunted World

"Once upon a midnight..."

“I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time–when the Unites States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.”

– Carl Sagan, 1987

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Educators and Ed entrepreneurs: A Ballad of East and West

Driver not Wanted

Sebastian Thrun of Udacity

George Station posted over on Google Plus about Tom Whitby’s experience at the recent iNACOL Virtual School Symposium.  To summarize, Tom was turned off by the vendor-centric approach to online and blended learning, and argued that more emphasis should be placed on educators.  In particular, he emphasized the importance of training educators in online and blended learning tools and approaches.  In his commentary, George emphasized Tom’s experience of being shut out of the conference’s conversation as policy wonks and technology vendors directed the discussion.

George and Tom’s exchange reminded me of some comments made by Sebastian Thrun during Q&A after his presentation to the Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning. At minute 52 of the recording, he replies to an instructional designer who excitedly asks him for a job.: Continue reading

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No country for old scientists


Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world. Science is the highest personification of the nation because that nation will remain the first which carries the furthest the works of thought and intelligence.

– Louis Pasteur

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