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Taylor Philanthropy Class Writes Grants, Gives $10,000 to Local Nonprofits

  • Published: May 19, 2015 10:30AM

This spring, a new class offering allowed 14 Taylor University students to learn about the efforts of local nonprofit organizations, write grant proposals in support of those organizations, and then give $10,000 to five nonprofits. 

The course, Philanthropy and Grant Writing, is part of Taylor’s new minor Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC), which was developed by Taylor’s Department of Psychology. The funds given to local organizations were made possible by an anonymous $10,000 gift by Taylor University alumni.

Organizers say because the course incorporated grant making, the Taylor class is in the forefront of a national trend in higher education in which students learn about nonprofit organizations and give out funds that impact the wider community. This class was launched to teach about the impact that philanthropy, nonprofit organizations, and individuals can have in improving the lives of people throughout the nation and world.

To meet this broader class goal, the students learned about the work being done by nonprofit organizations in Upland that directly impacts families. They worked with these nonprofits to assess needs and write grant proposals, and then were, through the process of grantmaking, able to recognize and strengthen the work these organizations are doing through the distribution of funds.

Those organizations include:

  • Helping Hand
  • Kiddie Kampus
  • Lift
  • Red Barn
  • Upland Area Greenways Association

"The Philanthropy and Grant-writing course is a tremendous value to our Taylor students and the OVC minor because it prepares students with practical, hands-on skills needed by a variety of organizations and employers,” said Dr. Diane Dungan, Associate Professor of Psychology and Department Chair. “We are very pleased with the inaugural run of this course and look forward to seeing its continued development in future years." 

Lisa Ritchie, a Taylor alumna with a master’s degree from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, taught the class with support from Dr. Ben Sells, Taylor’s Vice President for Advancement.