Universidad del Sagrado Corazón offers a philanthropy course in partnership with The Philanthropy Lab and a donation from Titín Foundation

Sagrado is the only university in Puerto Rico participating in this initiative.

By Integrated Communications

The Universidad del Sagrado Corazón established an important partnership with The Philanthropy Lab to offer a lab course in philanthropy with the support of Titín Foundation. Currently, Sagrado is the only university in Puerto Rico and outside the continental United States collaborating with The Philanthropy Lab to offer the course “Social Change: Sagrado’s Philanthropy Lab”.

As an important component of the course offered by Professor Anitza María Cox, and as established by The Philanthropy Lab, enrolled students will be given the tangible responsibility of directing real money to nonprofit organizations in the context of a full-credit undergraduate course. Students received, and are evaluating, proproposals from non-profit organizations in Puerto Rico to whom they will grant cash donations, just as they would in leadership roles in foundations or other philanthropic initiatives. To facilitate the process, students will use Titín Foundation’s SINFINESPR platform guaranteeing the compliance of applicant organizations with established criteria. At the end of the course in May 2023, the awarded organizations will be announced.

The Philanthropy Lab, a program based in Texas, partners with recognized universities with the primary goals of sparking and expanding students’ interest and participation in philanthropy and increasing the prevalence and priority of philanthropic education in U.S colleges and universities. “Sagrado has been characterized, since its inception, by its various community engagement initiatives and social responsibility values. We understood that The Philanthropy Lab’s program is fully aligned with our mission of educating people in intellectual freedom and moral conscience willing to participate in the construction of a caring community in justice and peace. The fact that Sagrado is the only university on the island that participates in this program makes our curriculum more complete and provides an innovative active learning experience through which students will leave with a global perspective of how to make a difference in the world,” said Gilberto J. Marxuach-Torrós, president of Sagrado.

“In addition, the course will contribute to the education and development of the future leaders that Puerto Rico needs for its social and economic transformation. Students who take this course will be prepared to occupy various leadership roles that could impact such an important sector for our island,” added Marxuach-Torrós.

Titin Foundation, Inc., founded in 1999 by Puerto Rican philanthropist Luis Felipe Segarra Boerman, joined the initiative and made a grant award to Sagrado to contribute to the development of the course. The foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life of people and communities in Puerto Rico, and as a focus area they contribute to initiatives that strengthen the non-profit sector such as this one. Sofía Martínez-Álvarez, executive director, stated that “our Foundation aims to work directly to strengthen the non-profit sector in the Island. Through our SINFINESPR platform and other initiatives, we educate, develop, and support non-profit organizations. We are very aware of the need to educate young people in philanthropy to have a succession of vital leadership that will ensure the growth and support of a sector that provides important services to our citizens. What better than a university of the prestige and values of Sagrado to offer such an important course!”, she concluded.

It is Sagrado’s commitment to institutionalize this course for which other collaborators will be key players in the years to come. For more information about your foundation or company becoming a collaborator to future “Social Change: Sagrado’s Philanthropy Lab” courses at Sagrado, call (787) 728-1515 extension 5450.

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