Dr. McDougle teaches courses at the undergraduate, master's, and doctoral levels on topics relating to nonprofits and philanthropy. In her teaching of undergraduate courses specifically (in, both, the United States at Rutgers University–Newark (RU–N) and in China through Rutgers University–Newark Institute (RUNIN) at Northeast Normal University), Dr. McDougle has relied extensively on the use of experiential philanthropy as a pedagogical technique to build and strengthen students' philanthropic identity.
From 2016–2018, Dr. McDougle established and led the first university-wide experiential philanthropy initiative at RU–N funded by a grant from the Chancellor's office. Since 2019, Dr. McDougle's own teaching using experiential philanthropy has been funded by the Learning by Giving Foundation. In total, Dr. McDougle has been able to provide RU–N students with nearly $100,000 to donate to nonprofit organizations that they believe in.
Nonprofits Funded by Students at Rutgers Newark
More about Experiential Philanthropy at Rutgers Newark
Newark Nonprofit, MasakhaneCenter, Awarded $5k from SPAA Students as Part of Experiential Philanthropy Initiative (October 11, 2022)
Lindsey McDougle's "Philanthropy, Volunteerism, and Community Service" Course Looks to Redefine Philanthropy (November 2, 2021)
SPAA Students Award Local Nonprofits with Grants as Part of Spring 2021 Experiential Philanthropy Initiative (May 25, 2021)
Experiential Philanthropy: SPAA Undergraduate Course Takes on Charitable Giving with an Academic Purpose (June 1, 2020)
'Experiential Philanthropy' Program at RU-N Empowers Students to Help Nonprofits (November 14, 2016)
In 2016, with a grant from the Chancellor's Seed Grant program, several instructors at Rutgers Newark were selected to incorporate experiential philanthropy into their courses. Here, Professor Jett informs New Jersey-based Bianca's Kids that their organization was selected by students to receive a $1,500 donation.