The Southwestern College Philanthropy Board (SCPB) is involved in a number of activities on campus and in the community. Below are some of the initiatives the board is involved in.
Kids Impact Cowley County (K.I.C.C.)
KICC teaches high school-aged youth about philanthropy, leadership and teamwork. Youth learn about the needs and assets of the region, then use that knowledge to work together to award grant money to projects that benefit Cowley County youth. Several partners are involved in K.I.C.C., including the funder, Legacy Regional Community Foundation, the high school participants, Winfield, Ark City, and Central Burden high schools, and the facilitators, the SCPB and Leadership Southwestern. The SC board members meet with K.I.C.C. participants to help them discuss community needs, develop and distribute an RFP, and then finally to determine the recipient of a $500 grant award. K.I.C.C. is a unique program in which college students have the opportunity to be philanthropy teachers and mentors to high school students.
Philanthropy and Grant Making Class SOCS255
Students will explore the intersection of nonprofits, businesses and the government as they relate to the public good. Specifically, this course will provide opportunity to explore nonprofit organizations in relation to organization structures, relationship to the public and private sectors and funding strategies. Students will explore the concept of voluntary action for the public good and analyze leadership theories that are well-suited to the nonprofit and public contexts. Special topics focused on social change and innovation will be addressed. As a part of the course, students will analyze and visit a community nonprofit organization and study needs, assets and stakeholder groups. Additionally, students will participate in awarding a grant to a nonprofit organization.
Philanthropy Awareness Week (P.A.W.)
P.A.W. is a fun week on the Southwestern campus in October in which the SCPB tries to raise awareness amongst fellow students about the benefits of philanthropy. The SCPB promotes the idea that Philanthropy can be the giving of one's time, talents, or treasure (resources) to make a difference for the common good. Former P.A.W. activities have consisted of: a Dollar Campaign in which SC students could donate a dollar to the grant funds of the SCPB and color a Jinx Cat; a Nonprofit Fair, in which students could visit the booths of different nonprofits in the area to learn about internship and volunteer opportunities; and a humorous skit at Chapel about the definition of philanthropy. In future years, the board hopes to additionally host a Philanthropy Seminar for nonprofit board members to discuss how to best utilize their time, talents and treasure.