Students in BW Jacket Philanthropy Project Award $6,000 in Grants to Local Nonprofits
The three spring semester courses offered in conjunction with the project were Child Maltreatment: Causes & Consequences in the Psychology Department taught by Dr. Lisa Green, Urban and Community Life in the Sociology Department taught by Dr. Carol Gregory and Grant Proposal Writing in the English Department co-taught by Dr. Susan Oldrieve and Annie Heidersbach.
Although funding for the program has been squeezed by federal budget cuts, students in the three classes were able to distribute $2,000 each for the spring 2012 semester.
Students Drive Funding Decisions
Students are responsible for developing an RFP (Request for Funding Proposal), preparing the grant proposal, and engaging in a group decision-making process to award the funds. According to Dr. Oldrieve, all funding decisions are made by students, which provides a distinctive learning opportunity.
“By making the students responsible for vetting proposals with real stakes, the Jacket Philanthropy Project helps to develop the highest order of critical thinking skills within a professional context,” Oldrieve said. “They come to see themselves not as students but as professionals working within the world of foundations, nonprofit organizations and fundraising. Some students have discovered new career directions and hidden talents.”
Nonprofits Appreciate Jacket Philanthropy
Emily Scole, from the Rocky River-based Girls With Sole, one of the organizations receiving funds, enthusiastically tweeted appreciation for the grant during the event, “Grant 4 $753.90 =15 pairs of shoes or 30 LULA 5K registrations 4 our girls!! WOW!” Girls With Sole provides fitness and wellness programs free of charge to girls who have experienced abuse.
In addition to Girls with Sole, other organizations that received grant funding are Bellfaire JCB, Building Hope in the City, Esperanza, Inc., Malachi House and University Settlement. Additional nonprofit partners that benefited from student volunteer hours included Applewood Centers, Inc., Art House, Cleveland Foodbank, Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center (DVCAC), The Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland, Slavic Village Development and Stockyard, Clark-Fulton & Brooklyn Center CDO.
Powerful Three Year Legacy
Over the entire Jacket Philanthropy Project’s three year cycle, 148 students have provided more than 2,350 hours of community service to 17 non-profit organizations and awarded $28,500.
The project was sponsored by the Ohio Campus Compact and funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)/Learn and Serve America Higher Education, along with the Brain Leadership Program.
Posted April 2012