The two major components and pursuits of the Durham Giving Project are as follows: (1) Establishing a broader understanding of Durham, its struggles and its triumphs; (2) Creating a giving circle to fund grants for local non-profit organizations. This course will begin with a unit on the history of Durham as well as the relationship between Duke and Durham. Following this, our class will begin the grant preparation and application review process. Grant applications will be received from local Durham non-profit organizations participating within the Duke-Durham neighborhood. Our class will decide how to allocate the grant across the various applications received. In order to prepare for the grant distribution process, students will learn about philanthropy and the philosophy of giving. Throughout the course of the 12-week semester, students will learn of the rich history of Durham and the social justice issues that impact the city today. We hope that by teaching students about issues that impact their immediate environment they will be inspired to act and generate positive social change. By the end of this course, students will have: 1) Discussed the influence of historical legacy in understanding social justice issues that affect the city today, 2) Learned about each of the three social justice issues central to the Durham Giving Project: economic development, youth and education, and healthcare.