In January, students from the Global Perspectives on Leading and Investing in Social Change class were presented with the unique opportunity to present a nonprofit of their choosing with $10,000 at the end of the semester. Throughout the semester, students learned about global giving and styles of philanthropy, researched issue areas, developed a mission statement, wrote grants, reviewed applications and visited nonprofits to determine which organization do grant the money to.
The class was challenged to come up with a cause to support and specific organizations to benefit from the grant. After weeks of research, papers and debates, the class agreed on the issue of education. Their mission was to fund an organization that provides educational opportunities to youth in the developing world and wanted a local and community based engagement between nonprofit and the target population.
On May 19 the class hosted a ceremony to provide UNICEF with the $10,000 grant (provided by the Do Good Institute), to support its Let Us Learn campaign.
In 2011 UNICEF, a global nonprofit that promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child in 190 countries and territories, launched its Let Us Learn program to addresses the urgent need to provide learning opportunities for the most marginalized children. Let Us Learn addresses the specific needs of children by focusing on three pillars aimed at addressing inequalities in education: reaching out-of-school children, expanding girls’ education and improving quality outcomes for learners. The initiative operates in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Liberia, Madagascar and Nepal.
Joy Robertson, Community Engagement Fellow from UNICEF USA, was there to accept the grant. She said, “UNICEF believes that access to education will allow communities and girls to thrive – and this grant will pro
vide more access through our Let Us Learn program. I’m confident through this class and the Do Good Institute, you gained an appreciation of philanthropy.”
Justin Bevilacqua, a student in the class, said of his experience, “This opportunity has propelled me to try to understand how I can fit philanthropy into my daily life. This grant and process has inspired 33 students to go on and do their part outside of the classroom.”
The Global Perspectives on Leading and Investing in Social Change course is one of two courses each semester that teaches students about philanthropy and gives them the opportunity to give a $10,000 grant to an organization of their choosing.