UW-Green Bay Philanthropy Class Announces $21,000 in Grants

Posted on 5-07-2020

Foundations Health and Wholeness/Boys and Girls Clubs, Golden House, CASA and Howe Community Resource Center to Benefit

Green Bay, Wis.—A University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Philanthropy class announced today (May 5, 2020) the recipients of $21,000 in grants to assist area non-profit organizations, which work with at-risk youth in areas that address mental health.

The class chose to address the issue after conducting community research in the Green Bay area. The UW-Green Bay students recognized that there will be an increased need to work with at-risk youth who are going through this traumatic time. Due to Gov. Evers’ stay-at-home orders, the students conducted virtual interviews with nonprofit finalists to learn about their proposed uses of the funding and held deliberations online.

“How often does a student get to give away a grant? We’re usually the ones being interviewed, not doing the interviews,” said student Leslie Lee.  “I learned that organizations are working hard at adapting to the safer-at-home order and contributing in their own way to the needs of the people they serve. No matter who is chosen, I think we can all agree that each organization is doing great things to help our community.”

The grants were as follows:

$10,000 awarded to a collaboration between the Boys and Girls Clubs of Green Bay and Foundations Health and Wholeness for use in maintaining an innovative program of counseling, Youth Mental Health Matters, and the Zen Dens at the two area clubhouses. 

$10,000 award was divided in half, with $5,000 awarded to Golden House for technology and programming needed to reach youth impacted by domestic abuse. The remaining $5,000 was granted to CASA of Brown County (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for activities and resources for the Fostering Futures program.

Maddy Didier, a Public Administration student, won the national Learning By Giving Foundation Blog Contest and chose to award the $1,000 grant to the Howe Community Resource Center. 

The UW-Green Bay class, “Philanthropy: Civic Engagement Through Giving,” is a hands-on approach to help college students develop commitment to, and engagement in, the community. Classmates agree on a cause, and then go through a process of vetting nonprofit organizations that address that cause and selecting a recipient.

 “The students learn how to act on their values to make a positive impact,” said Associate Professor Lora Warner who teaches the course, the only Learning by Giving course in Wisconsin. It is being offered for the eighth time.

To Read More About The Grants Awarded by The UWGB Philanthropy Class, Please Click Here.