How do I Give?

UMD President Loh with 4 iGive studentsLearn about philanthropy, innovation, and social change - then make it happen! As a class you'll identify a social cause you're passionate about then donate $10,000 to a real local organization! You'll learn and practice leadership skills that will help you change the world for good.

You can expect to:

  • Learn approaches and entrepreneurial skills required to make social impact.
  • Get to know local nonprofit organizations.
  • Develop skills in research, teamwork and leadership.
  • Work in teams to generate solutions to our world's greatest challenges.

Note: iGIVE is a two-semester academic program that engages you in courses and community building for the duration of your freshman year.

Community Courses

Fall Semester: You will take PLCY214 - Leading and Investing in Social Change: Redefining and Experimenting with Philanthropy. This three-credit course introduces you to theories of philanthropy and engages you in creating your own philanthropic investment fund. This course meets the General Education requirements of I-Series and Scholarship in Practice.
View the Fall 2019 draft syllabus for PLCY214.

Spring Semester: You will take PLCY215 – Innovation and Social Change: Do Good Now. This three-credit course provides the opportunity to work on a social issue of your choice. You will investigate the issue, interview stakeholders, and develop a project plan. Your student led team will have the opportunity to compete in the campus-wide Do Good Challenge. This course meets the General Education requirement of Scholarship in Practice. 


Picture of Patricia BoryPatricia Bory, School of Public Policy, leads the iGIVE community. She teaches courses in leadership, innovation, and social change. She also serves as Senior Advisor to the Do Good Institute.

Professor Bory has spent her career building strong and diverse leaders, teams, and systems in the public and nonprofit sectors. Most recently she served in the Obama Administration as a Senior Advisor for the Department of Labor in the areas of disability employment and workforce equity; and before that led public engagement at the federal agency that runs AmeriCorps.

Professor Bory’s own leadership trajectory began early on when she advanced from AmeriCorps member to Director of one of the largest-longest standing AmeriCorps programs in California. She’s committed to providing similar opportunities to all emerging leaders regardless of race, gender, or zip code. She has also taught leadership at American University. She holds a M.S. in Organization Development from American University.