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NKU Students Raise $34,000 for Local Organizations

Northern Kentucky University students awarded $34,000 to 22 agencies through the university’s nationally recognized Mayerson Student Philanthropy Project.

This spring, 364 students from 19 classes took part in integrating philanthropy into their classroom experience. Students learned about nonprofits that serve the community and evaluated where to invest grants provided by local funders. Each class raised funds to support non-profit organizations, including Brewhouse Bakery Company, ArtsWave and the Greater Cincinnati Foundation.

“The agencies become our co-educators,” said Mark Neikirk, executive director of the Scripps Howard Center of Civic Engagement. “Theater students, for example, might visit a community theater. Social work students might visit a food pantry. The lessons of the classroom are strengthened by the community experience. And in the end, the students invest real money. It’s a benefit for both the students and the community. A win-win.”

The Mayerson Student Philanthropy Project was established in 2000 with the goal of teaching students about nonprofit organizations through hands-on experience. The belief is that through this program students would remain involved in the community after graduation. To date, the Mayerson Project has donated $870,116 to 398 nonprofit agencies.

“It’s a high impact investment both for the nonprofits and for the people those agencies help, but also for our students, whose eyes are opened to community needs and how to address those needs,” Kajsa Larson, faculty coordinator of the Mayerson Student Philanthropy Project, said.

Also this semester, a graduate class worked with the Duke Energy Foundation through NKU’s “indirect model” of student philanthropy. The students reviewed applications for funding received by Duke and offered their feedback; Duke’s team made the final awards.

The programs funders for the Spring 2019 semester included the Manuel D. and Rhoda Mayerson Foundation; ArtsWave;  the Scripps Howard Foundation; the Straws Charitable Foundation; the Greater Cincinnati Foundation; the R.C. Durr Foundation, Inc.; the Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky; and the Elsa Heisel Sule Foundation. 

Class information, amount raised, and organizations benefiting:

ENG 101: College Writing, Taught by Jonathan S. Culluck / Supported by the R.C. Durr Foundation

Fairhaven Rescue Mission $2,000

ANT 307: Museum Methods, Taught by Judy Voelker / Supported by the Straws Charitable Foundation

Drake Planetarium and Science Center $2,000

BIO 461: Ecology and Geology of Coral Reefs, Taught by Denice Robertson & Sarah Johnson / Supported by the Straws Charitable Foundation

Belize Audubon Society $1,000

ENV 493: Environmental Science, Taught by Kristy Hopfensperger / Supported by the Straws Charitable Foundation

Urban Earth Farms $2,000

CMST 340: Strategies of Persuasion, Taught by Jeff Fox / Supported by the Straws Charitable Foundation, the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and Student Fundraising

Children’s Law Center, Inc. $1,250

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Cincinnati – Buenger Club, Newport $1,250

LAW 909: Children’s Law Clinic, Taught by Amy Halbrook and Susie Bookser / Supported by the Scripps Howard Foundation

Pass It On, Inc. $1,000

Children’s Law Center, Inc. $1,000

GER 202: Intermediate German II, Taught by Andrea Fieler / Supported by the Scripps Howard Foundation and Rich Boehne

German Heritage Museum $1,000

Cincideutsch, Inc. $1,000

LDR 160: Leadership around the World, Pendleton County High School, Taught by Megan Downing / Supported by the Neikirk Family Fund

Matthew 25 Ministries $1,000

PAD 621: Resource Acquisition & Management, Taught by Jules Olberding / Supported by the Horizon Community Fund of Northern Kentucky and in partnership with the Duke Energy Foundation

Adventure Crew $1,000

EDU 316: Racism & Sexism, Taught by Kimberly Clayton-Code / Supported by ArtsWave

Newport Independent Schools’ Gifted and Talented Program $2,000

NEU 101: Neuroscience for Life, Taught by Chris Curran / Supported by ArtsWave

Sidekicks Made $2,000

HIS 522: Intro to Historic Preservation, Taught by Brian Hackett / Supported by ArtsWave and the Scripps Howard Foundation

Newport History Museum $1,500

HIS 607: Exhibits in Museums and Historic Sites, Taught by Brian Hackett / Supported by ArtsWave

Behringer-Crawford Museum $1,000

PAD 560: Planning & Community Development, Taught by Darrin Wilson / Supported by ArtsWave

Westside Citizens Coalition $4,000

MBI 620: Strategic Leadership for Informatics, Taught by Charlie Slaven / Supported by the Elsa Heisel Sule Foundation

Be Concerned $1,000

Reset Ministries $1,000

ENG 546: Grant Writing, Taught by Janel Bloch / Supported by the Elsa Heisel Sule Foundation

Rose Garden Center for Hope & Healing $1,000

Covington Partners $1,000

ENTP 320: Social Entrepreneurship, Taught by Carole Cangioni / Supported by the Manuel D. and Rhoda Mayerson Foundation

Housing Opportunities of Northern Kentucky  $2,000

HNR 302: Humanity & Society, Taught by Ali Godel / Supported by the Manuel D. and Rhoda Mayerson Foundation

Brewhaus Bakery Company / Brewhaus Dog Bones $2,000

-Staff report