NS4G – Sunshine Lady Foundation Announcement
We are pleased to announce that Northeastern Students4Giving (NS4G) has been selected by Doris Buffett’s Sunshine Lady Foundation to receive a $10,000 Learning by Giving grant for undergraduate student philanthropy. Ms. Buffet, sister of financier Warren Buffett, believes that undergraduate philanthropy education programs help develop future community leaders, nonprofit managers, and responsible stewards of philanthropic funds – aims that are wholly consistent with NS4G. Northeastern is one of just 20 universities that have been invited to participate in this program nationally.
Students will use the award to make grants to nonprofit organizations in the Stony Brook neighborhoods of Mission Hill, Fenway, Roxbury, and the South End using the same rigorous standards that were developed when we received seed funding for NS4G from Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund and Campus Compact in 2008. Over the past two years, NS4G has made grants to five local nonprofits: Victory Programs, Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries, Urban Edge, Haley House, and Hyde Square Task Force. Assuming we continue to meet the Sunshine Lady Foundation’s requirements for the Learning by Giving Program, this grant will be renewable indefinitely.
Students may participate in NS4G by taking Human Services Professions and/or Strategic Philanthropy and Nonprofit Management, taught by Dr. Lori Gardinier and Rebecca Riccio, respectively. They may also join the NS4G Student Club to participate in grant making in an advisory capacity.
NS4G offers a rich learning experience while showcasing our students’ commitment to giving back to the community. We are thrilled to have secured funding from such a prominent donor and are proud that Northeastern continues to be recognized as a leader in undergraduate philanthropy education. A press release is underway. We hope you will help us share this good news throughout the Northeastern community and thank you for your ongoing support of NS4G.
Northeastern Students4Giving Announces
2010 Grant Awards
Funding was available for programs supporting families at risk due to financial insecurity in Mission Hill, Fenway, Roxbury, and the South End communities.
This Roxbury organization received funds for their Job Club Resource Room, where participants build job-seeking and job-readiness skills.
This Roxbury organization will use these funds for Seeds for Growth, which provides matching funds to individuals living in transitional housing as they learn to manage money and work toward financial self-sufficiency.
2010 Grant Opportunities
Funding Available for Programs Supporting Families at Risk in Mission Hill, Fenway, Roxbury, and the South End.Apply Here
Students4Giving Guidelines (deadline passed)
Students4Giving Application (deadline passed)
Northeastern Students4Giving (NS4G) is a collaborative effort among Northeastern University students committed to making a positive and lasting impact in the communities where we live and learn. We make small grants to community-based non-profit organizations that address critical economic and social challenges facing the Boston neighborhoods of Mission Hill, Fenway, Roxbury, and the South End. Through our grant-making, we hope to strengthen the relationship between the student body of Northeastern University, our grantees, and the communities they serve.
How We Work
In 2007, Campus Compact and Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund initiated Students4Giving, a program to promote the study and practice of philanthropy among college and university students. In 2008, Northeastern University was one of ten schools selected to receive a Students4Giving grant establishing a donor-advised Fidelity Gift Fund Giving Account. The Giving Account is managed by students under the auspices of NS4G, enabling them to put their knowledge about the theory and practice of philanthropy and non-profit management into action. Inspired and informed by relevant coursework in human services and non-profit management, service-learning assignments with non-profit agencies, and a philanthropic student club, NS4G members have defined the mission that will guide their philanthropic giving and implemented procedures to manage all stages of the funding cycle, from conducting needs assessments through making grant determinations. NS4G is advised by Human Services Program Director Lori Gardinier, MSW, PhD, and Human Services Lecturer Rebecca Riccio, with support from Kristen Simonelli, Associate Director and Service-Learning Coordinator of the Center of Community Service.
What We Fund
Our funding priority for the 2010 funding cycle is families at risk due to financial insecurity. We will favor proposals for grants in the range of $1,000 to $4,000 that demonstrate how a small infusion of cash can make a meaningful difference in efforts to support low-income families with dependents in our target communities. Applicants must be registered 501(c)3 non-profit organizations located in and serving one or more of our target communities: Mission Hill, Fenway, Roxbury, and the South End.
Important Dates and Information
-Complete guidelines and application materials , including eligibility requirements and submission instructions, are available at the top of this page.
-Applications must be post-marked by February 12, 2010.
-Grant awards will be announced in early April, 2010.
-For more information, please contact the Human Services Program at 617-373-4020 or NS4G@neu.edu.