About the Incubator
We began the Philanthropy Incubator with funding from Campus Compact, the national coalition of colleges and universities dedicated to student civic engagement. In 2010, the Sunshine Lady Foundation, now the Learning by Giving Foundation, began funding a philanthropy course for undergraduates. That support continues today. The Philanthropy Incubator has also received support from student and alumni fundraising, organized by the MPA and MSW GSOs and their biannual "Party with a Purpose." In 2010, the program received funding from the Community Foundation for South Central New York's Harriet Ford Dickinson Fund.
Since 2009, students have contributed over $125,000 to Southern Tier nonprofit organizations. They have done this work this work as part of three primary courses. Undergraduate philanthropy has taken place as part of the Binghamton University Scholars Program and the course Philanthropy and Civil Society; graduate philanthropy has been part of two courses in the College of Community Affairs, Issues in Nonprofit Administration, in the MPA Program, and Advanced Social Work Practice with Communities in the MSW Program.
While the project was formed from within the Department of Public Administration, it would not be able to succeed without the help of the Masters of Social Work program and our funders. The Philanthropy Incubator has become a distinguishing feature of a Binghamton University education, reflecting our commitment to engaged learning, preparing students for effective public service.