The Philanthropy Leadership And Community Engagement (PLACE) Fellowship Program is a unique, four-year partnership with Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina and Columbia College designed to increase students’ awareness of the impact of philanthropy on community nonprofits.
Teaching philanthropy to the next generation of leaders is imperative. While many college students have had experience with service-learning, their involvement has been short-term volunteerism, not community impact. This generation of students has the same passion as generations in the past, but philanthropy research indicates that they desire a different level of involvement. Young leaders want to take ownership of a cause and find a new approach to old problems. The P.L.A.C.E Fellowship program provides a system to engage this generation in comprehensive community change by teaching leadership, philanthropy and civic engagement and providing an understanding of complex community issues while developing program strategies to impact change.