LINDSEY McDOUGLE is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of San Diego pursuing a doctoral degree in Leadership Studies with a specialization in Nonprofit and Philanthropic Studies and Management. Blogging at Leadership as a Field of Study, she responds to an earlier post a Gifthub on the education appropriate to those who engage in philanthropy. I had suggested that the liberal arts are helpful in helping donors and organizations assess the ends of giving. Lindsey responds:
Although I don't believe that any particular academic program is the most "appropriate" place for a philanthropic degree program to be housed, I would agree (with what Mr. Cubeta implies) that philanthriopic education is so multi-disciplinary that it can ultimatley be housed in any degree program. Additionally, it is very true that those studying in the field must be able to ask questions about meaning and purpose in life; however, I don't know how much it matters whether that occurs through a foudation in humanistic studies or as a integrated component of a sub-field. Nonetheless, it is an interesting article to say the least!