The Southwestern College Philanthropy Board has awarded grants to three non-profit organizations in Cowley County that will allow these organizations to hire student interns for three months.
“We had quite a few non-profits apply throughout Cowley County, but the board found three recipients who they felt truly met the criteria and the goal of the grant internship,” says Laura Morgan, Southwestern College senior from Goddard.
Morgan was in charge of setting up a student philanthropy board from the four service learning organizations on campus. According to Morgan, their goal was to educate students on the grant-making process and to learn more about philanthropy. The board members were Megan Martin, Mandi Bever, Andrew Topham, Lacey Hibbs, and Taggart Wall. Joni Rankin served as an instructor for the board.
The gift recipients are Winfield Community Theatre ($2,000), Creative Community Living of South Central Kansas ($2,000), and William Newton Healthcare Foundation ($4,000).
The funds to donate were available thanks to Morgan getting involved with Students4Giving. The program is sponsored by The Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund and Campus Compact. It is aimed at promoting philanthropic education efforts at colleges and universities across the country.
“Students4Giving is providing students with unique, real-life opportunities to learn about community needs and how best to manage charitable assets to maximize their impact,” comments Sarah C. Libbey, president of the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund.