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For Auburn University Students

Interested students are encouraged to reach out through the forms at the bottom of this page. 

Experiential Philanthropy Course


Want to make a difference in Auburn?


Enroll in CADS 3780 Grantmaking for Philanthropists (offered every spring semester) and become part of a team that will award a grant to a local nonprofit organization. Make a visible difference in the Auburn community while gaining invaluable skills.

  • Develop effective grantmaking strategies

  • Learn best practices in grant writing

  • Assess and evaluate impact and performance of nonprofit organizations

  • Develop professional and team work skills

  • Network with local nonprofit organizations

In the spring semester of 2021, students awarded a grant of $2,000 to the East Alabama Mental Health Center. Learn more about this experience

In the spring semester of 2022, students awarded a grant of $3,000 to the Domestic Violence Intervention Center (DVIC). Learn more about this second class and grant here.  


In the spring semester of 2023, students awarded a grant of $2,500 to the Twin Cedars Youth and Family Services Child Advocacy Center. Learn more about this grant here.    

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant 

Interested in gaining teaching and peer-mentoring experience?


I welcome working with undergraduate teaching assistants in the following courses: CADS 1700 Giving and Sharing, CADS 2700 Introduction to Nonprofit Organizations, CADS 3780 Grantmaking for Philanthropists, and CADS 5780 International Philanthropy. UTA positions are not paid; students will enroll in CADS 4900 Undergraduate Teaching Assistance Experience (1-3 credits), with 1 credit equating 3 hours of work per week. 

As a UTA, you will better understand the teaching and learning process, gain pre-professional training and time management skills, improve writing and presentation skills, and develop leadership.

Qualifications: Student must have previously earned an "A" in the course they are assisting with.  

Undergraduate Research Opportunities 

I welcome students from all majors, although preference is given to students in the philanthropy and nonprofit studies (PNPS) major. Research opportunities vary depending on experience and qualification but typically may include literature searches, data collection (website reviews), drafting background profiles of organizations and individuals, data analysis (archival documents), and support in manuscript/presentation preparation. Paid positions are very competitive. 

Students should explore the various research projects to identify areas of interest for potential undergraduate research. 

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