Philanthropy Education and Service- Learning
Participating faculty infuse the study of philanthropy as a core component of the discipline’s coursework; meanwhile students identify community needs, establish funding criteria, and engage in group decision-making to award actual funds to local nonprofit organizations benefitting one of three needs areas: children and youth programs; neighborhood development and revitalization; and/or hunger, homelessness and health issues. Each student also provides up to 15 hours of volunteer work with a nonprofit agency as part of the service-learning aspect of the course. This service component helps to inform the philanthropy pedagogy of the courses while providing students a more thorough understanding of the agencies and their community work.
During the 2016-17 academic year, Ohio Campus Compact supported ten courses in Licking County through generous funding from the Licking County Foundation and the John and Mary Alford Family Foundation. Each participating course received $2,000 to award up to four local non-profits as chosen by the class. Students identify community needs and research the nonprofit sector in an effort to select organizations meeting the identified community need, then issue and evaluate Requests for Funding Proposals (RFP’s) and engage in a group decision-making process to award funds. In addition to incorporating philanthropy education, faculty infuse service-learning as part of the course content. Each student serves up to 15 volunteer hours with their chosen nonprofit during the course.
Ohio Campus Compact provides training to all participating faculty that includes sample syllabi, articles, online resources, suggested course activities, and curriculum development resources including: course expectations, syllabus recommendations, implementation timelines, reflective essays, classroom resources, information for identifying suitable 501(c)3 organizations, sample outreach letters, and suggested readings.
Pay it Forward will cultivate a new generation of philanthropists and address critical economic needs by engaging students in innovative learning and service to help build the capacity of local charitable organizations. Specifically, Pay it Forward will:
Award charitable dollars to worthy non-profit organizations with strong proposals that address immediate economic needs.
Build stronger communities through a skill based volunteer force that contributes both hours served (up to 15 hours per student) and financial resources ($2000 per course).
Provide students with the intellectual knowledge and practical experiences needed to manage philanthropic funding, including skills such as conducting needs assessments, establishing funding criteria, researching local nonprofits, interviewing community members, and developing writing, decision-making, accounting, and evaluation skills.
Engage students and faculty with local communities in order to promote understanding and connectedness.
Serve as a model for passing along the practice and knowledge of philanthropy and volunteerism.
In addition to regular training and technical assistance phone calls and emails, Ohio Campus Compact conducts site-visits with each participating campus for additional support.