UNK’s Marketing & MIS Department is one of 37 nation-wide to receive funding of $10,000 per year each fall from the Learning by Giving Foundation the past three years. The students in the class managed the distribution of these funds to judiciously selected local non-profits.
In an effort to strengthen local communities, students evaluate needs of non-profits. They reflect on and express their personal values, engage with non-profit organizations, and assess the alignment of their personal values with the values of the organization. This becomes key in inviting non-profits to apply for the grant.
This year’s class of 20 students self-divided into five themes based on their personal passions: abuse and at-risk youths, disabilities, disease, supplemental learning, and family support. The student groups then developed the process to evaluate applicants.
The students decided to divide the funds equally across the five themes; therefore, each group had $2,000 to distribute. Families Care (at-risk youth), Arc of Buffalo County (disabilities), Buffalo County Community Partners (disease), and Nebraska Children’s Home (family support) received $2,000. The supplemental learning group gave $1,000 to Crane River Theater Company, and $500 each to the Grand Island Literacy Council and Rowe Sanctuary.
On December 11th, 2013 students presented the awards to these non-profits in a heart-felt and expressive awards ceremony at MONA in Kearney, Nebraska.
The class, MKT 388 Philanthropy: Learning to Give, is now in its fourth and final year of funding. Students enrolling in the class for fall 2014 will also have the opportunity to impact area communities by engaging in philanthropy.
"To give away money is an easy matter and in any man's power. But to decide
to whom to give it and how large and when, and for what purpose and how, is
neither in every man's power nor an easy matter." ~ Aristotle ~