Amanda Kraus

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service

Amanda Kraus

Amanda Kraus is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and the Founder and Executive Director of Row New York, an award-winning youth-serving non-profit in New York City. Kraus began the organization with the belief that rowing paired with comprehensive academic support could change young people's lives. Row New York has gone on to be named a finalist in the New York Community Trust Non-Profit Excellence Awards.

Kraus is a recipient of numerous awards including the 2012 Community Leadership Award, presented by President Obama’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition, U.S. Rowing’s Anita DeFrantz Award, U.S. Rowing’s John J. Carlin Service Award, and the NYU Partnership Award for serving girls and women with disabilities.

Kraus received her M.A. in Education from Harvard and her B.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she was captain of the women’s crew team, a member of the DII National Championship boat, and a member of the Commonwealth Honors College.

Students will have an opportunity to learn about fundraising, as well as philanthropy more broadly. This introductory course will examine the range of ways to raise funds from government, individuals, foundations and corporations. The importance of stewardship, program evaluation, and the role of the board and staff in developing effective fundraising strategies will be addressed.

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Students will have an opportunity to learn about fundraising, as well as philanthropy more broadly. This introductory course will examine the range of ways to raise funds from government, individuals, foundations and corporations. The importance of stewardship, program evaluation, and the role of the board and staff in developing effective fundraising strategies will be addressed.

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This class offers an introduction to the field social entrepreneurship and the tools and tactics used by social ventures. The course begins by exploring different definitions of social entrepreneurship and the goals of this growing field. We then investigate how these ventures operate in different sectors (Mature Markets, Failed Markets, etc.). During these weeks we illuminate the different attributes social ventures must have to have an advantage depending on the competitive landscape in which they operate. During the second half of the class we cut across the sectors we investigated in the first half to find common threads including: capital raising, ethical questions, and applications of the principles of social ventures within existing large corporations. Students should leave the course with a working knowledge of the range of social ventures and the common components they need to succeed.

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