|UNC students provide nonprofits with grants while learning philanthropy in the classroom|
|Tuesday, April 22, 2008|
Thirteen University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students are wrapping up a semester-long course highlighting community service and philanthropy.
The students, all of whom are in the Public Service Scholars program and hail from North Carolina, participated in Promoting Change through the Nonprofit Sector, a course offered by the Carolina Center for Public Service. The overall goal of the course is to inspire students to learn about and get involved with philanthropy. The course’s last class session is Wednesday (April 23).
The course was sponsored by a $15,000 grant from Students4Giving, a joint program of The Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund and Campus Compact. UNC was one of five colleges and universities nationally to receive the award.
As a class, the students are overseeing a Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Giving Account, disseminating a request for proposals and awarding $10,000 in grants. They considered factors such as the organizations’ scope, impact and geographic location to select recipients.
“It was really difficult to pick between all of the 43 organizations that applied,” said Neil Shrimanker, a sophomore political science and business administration* double major from Raleigh. “In the end, we picked projects that would positively impact their communities and North Carolina as a whole for years to come.”
After much deliberation, the committee of students selected five recipients from across the state, including Adolescent and Animal Rescue Fund of Johnston County, a no-kill animal sanctuary cared for by at-risk youth; Placing Animals Within Society (PAWS), a Swain County animal shelter; Read and Feed of Wake County, which works to increase low-income children’s desire to read and provides meals to the students’ families; Women and Math Mentoring Program of Durham County, an enriching experience for young women interested in mathematics, science and technology and the Volunteers and Partners for Education Program’s ESL program of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.
“[The class] was an amazing experience,” said Miranda Reddick, a junior psychology major from Greensboro. “I was able to see the hard work and dedication it takes for both grant providers and nonprofits to sustain an organization as well as learn the grant writing process.”
The students will continue to monitor the organizations in the coming year to see first-hand how their efforts helped various communities throughout the state.
In addition to Shrimanker and Reddick, members of the class, all of whom are studying in the College of Arts and Sciences, are:
Carolina Center for Public Service Web site: www.unc.edu/cps