Course Information

Course Number

585

Credits

3

Area of Study & Practice

  • Business Organization and Finance
  • Gov't Regulation & Administrative Practice
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Public Policy
  • Taxation and Estate Planning

JD Graduation Requirements

This course typically satisfies all or some of the following JD graduation requirements:
  • Writing

Philanthropy, Voluntarism and Not-For-Profit Law and Management

The scope of this seminar is as broad as the idea of the voluntary society itself, with particular attention to the American version thereof. The central question is the extent to which, and how, a large number of people of varying ethnic, racial, religious, and cultural backgrounds, living together in a country, state or city, organized into representative governments, should-- can--rely on voluntary action by willing citizens to fulfill both their own individual needs and the needs of the respective communities in which they live. To explore that question requires us to examine alternative allocations of responsibility for solving particular problems--voluntary, not-for-profit, for-profit, joint public/private, publicly encouraged/subsidized, and publicly coerced -- along with examples, reasons, and theories for particular forms of organization. We will need to probe what it is that motivates donors and volunteers to give money and time, and to assess not only their effectiveness in solving problems but also the comparative praiseworthiness of their respective motives. Charitable and corporate foundations, as well as the tax-exempt organizations to which they and other donors contribute, are part of the inquiry, especially as to their goals, decision rules, governance, and public accountability. We will try to compare the experience of other countries with that of the U.S. in these regards, and we will continuously examine the framework of public policy that embodies public judgments about the desirability of allocating some part of the burden of social problem-solving to voluntary organizations alone or in partnership with public organizations, as well as the tax policies that are crafted to facilitate such problem-solving policies. Cross-listed with PPS280S.


Please note that course organization and content may vary substantially from semester to semester and descriptions are not necessarily professor specific. Please contact the instructor directly if you have particular course-related questions.

Sections/Instructors

Joel L. Fleishman
Philanthropy, Voluntarism and Not-For-Profit Law and Management 585.01
Spring 2014

Joel L. Fleishman
Philanthropy, Voluntarism and Not-For-Profit Law and Management 585.01
Spring 2013
E-mail ListSakai Site

Joel L. Fleishman
Philanthropy, Voluntarism and Not-For-Profit Law and Management 585.01
Spring 2012
E-mail ListSakai Site

Joel L. Fleishman
Philanthropy, Voluntarism and Not-For-Profit Law and Management 585.01
Spring 2011
E-mail List
1st Class Meeting: Jan 19, 2011

Joel L. Fleishman
Philanthropy, Voluntarism and Not-For-Profit Law and Management 585.01
Spring 2010
E-mail ListBlackboard Site

Joel L. Fleishman
Philanthropy, Voluntarism and Not-For-Profit Law and Management 585.01
Spring 2009
E-mail ListBlackboard Site

Joel L. Fleishman
Philanthropy, Voluntarism and Not-For-Profit Law and Management 585.01
Spring 2008
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Joel L. Fleishman
Philanthropy, Voluntarism and Not-For-Profit Law and Management 585.01
Spring 2007
E-mail ListBlackboard Site

Joel L. Fleishman
Philanthropy, Voluntarism and Not-For-Profit Law and Management 585.01
Spring 2006

Joel L. Fleishman
Philanthropy, Voluntarism and Not-For-Profit Law and Management 585.01
Spring 2005

Joel L. Fleishman
Philanthropy, Voluntarism and Not-For-Profit Law and Management 585.01
Spring 2004

Joel L. Fleishman
Philanthropy, Voluntarism and Not-For-Profit Law and Management 585.01
Spring 2002