One of oldest masters program in philanthropy, the SMU program is presented online and in summer residencies. The program includes courses on leadership, globalization of philanthropy, organizational development, and governance – and, of course – fund development. The cohort model builds strong bonds between students, creating a special learning environment and support systems.
I teach two courses in the program: “Introduction to Philanthropy and Development: Frameworks for Thinking and Working,” is the first course students take. In their second year, students join me for “Board Governance.”
My time with the SMU Philanthropy and Development program is one of the most meaningful experiences in my life. The students’ diverse backgrounds, the intensity of conversations, and the deep exploration of topics – I’m in my element.
I often blog about this program. My books include SMU stories and cage-rattling questions generated during my time in the classroom.
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Simone Joyaux, ACFRE, Adv Dip, FAFP, Certificate in Philanthropic Psychology is an internationally recognized expert in fund development, board and organizational development, strategic planning, and management.