Dean Penelope Peterson of the School of Education and Social Policy says students are surprised to learn of the many challenges of real-world philanthropy.

Some people think it's easy to give away money, says Penelope Peterson, dean of Northwestern’s School of Education and Social Policy. But their thinking usually changes after they take the course she co-teaches on philanthropy, which was featured last month in a story in The New York Times that highlighted the unexpected challenges in real-world charitable giving.

The course, endowed with a grant from the Once Upon a Time Foundation in Texas, requires students to find and investigate various organizations in need. If the groups stand up to scrutiny, students may choose to give them a portion of the $50,000 cash pot at the heart of the final class project.

Students say the class provides good training for future jobs in the nonprofit sector.

Read the complete article in The New York Times.

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