The central focus of this course is on an examination of personal values that guides those engaged in change in their ethical decision making and their motivation to participate in providing essential services to their communities. This examination will be guided in part by a review of historically important and still significant theoretical approaches to ethics. Students will critically examine the role their individual faith and belief system plays that may guide them toward purpose, service and leadership in change and philanthropy.  At the heart of this examination lies the role a commitment to diversity and promoting social justice plays in our approach to philanthropy.  Finally, the knowledge acquired in the course will be used to examine contemporary societal issues such as poverty, social justice, famine relief and crime and punishment.