Philanthropy In Action


Maxim Thorne taught Philanthropy in Action, a Yale seminar in the Spring of 2012, in which students gave away $100,000. The students were empowered to design their own evaluation criteria and make their own selections in awarding the funds. A companion website ( provides more information on the course, the grantees, and has video of conversations Thorne and the students had with notable philanthropists including Harry Belafonte, Julian Bond, Mimi Gardner Gates.