Expe­ri­en­tial Learning through Courses and Activ­i­ties Under­score Urban Engagement

Boston – Sep­tember 10, 2008 – North­eastern University’s Human Ser­vices Pro­gram, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the university’s Center of Com­mu­nity Ser­vices, were selected by Campus Com­pact and the Fidelity Char­i­table Gift Fund to par­tic­i­pate in the 2008–2009 aca­d­emic year’s Students4Giving pro­gram. As part of the pro­gram aimed at inspiring and edu­cating future phil­an­thropists, North­eastern will teach stu­dents about non-​​profit orga­ni­za­tions and fundraising as part of a series of courses and activ­i­ties that involve com­mu­nity out­reach and part­ner­ships with Boston-​​area non­profit organizations.

Financed by Fidelity, the Students4Giving pro­gram pro­vides each of the schools with a $15,000 Giving Account, a donor-​​advised fund, which will be man­aged by the stu­dents enrolled in the courses. North­eastern stu­dents will learn about and be involved in a variety of activ­i­ties that teach them how to meet com­mu­nity needs by researching local issues, eval­u­ating IRS-​​qualified 501©(3) public char­i­ties and assessing where a dona­tion would make the most impact.

We are eager to con­tin­u­ally enrich the learning expe­ri­ence of our stu­dents through com­mu­nity engage­ment that sup­port the efforts of our part­ners to create new valu­able ser­vices, and Students4Giving will allow our stu­dents to see, first-​​hand, how they can pos­i­tively impact the com­mu­nity,” said Dr. Lori Gar­dinier, the Prin­cipal Inves­ti­gator for this pro­gram and the Director of the Human Ser­vices Pro­gram at Northeastern.

Under the col­lab­o­ra­tion between Northeastern’s Human Ser­vices Pro­gram, Center of Com­mu­nity Ser­vices and the university’s com­mu­nity part­ners, the pro­gram will focus on topics from how non­profit orga­ni­za­tions func­tion to actu­ally going through the process of reviewing and choosing orga­ni­za­tions to award funds. The Fall 2008 course, Non­profit Pro­gram Design and Fund-​​Raising, offered through Human Ser­vices, will deter­mine the grant cri­teria and funding pri­or­i­ties for the 2009 fundraising cycle. Stu­dents in future semes­ters will assume the respon­si­bility for man­aging and growing the account as well as iden­ti­fying com­mu­nity part­ners for grant awards.

North­eastern truly values the rela­tion­ships that we have with our com­mu­nity, and the orga­ni­za­tions that we have the oppor­tu­nity to work with in Rox­bury, Mis­sion Hill, the South End and the Fenway,” said Kristen Simonelli, Asso­ciate Director and Service-​​Learning Coor­di­nator of Northeastern’s Center of Com­mu­nity Ser­vice. “We are hon­ored to have been chosen as a Students4Giving grant recip­ient and look for­ward to working with our stu­dents and pro­viding a rewarding service-​​learning expe­ri­ence to them and to our community.”

For more infor­ma­tion about the Students4Giving pro­gram at North­eastern, please con­tact Jenny Eriksen at (617) 373‑2802 or via email at j.​eriksen@​neu.​edu.

About Northeastern’s Human Ser­vices Program

The Human Ser­vices Pro­gram is an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary major in the Col­lege of Arts and Sci­ences at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity. The mis­sion of the Human Ser­vices Pro­gram is to pro­vide stu­dents with the the­o­ret­ical and skill based back­ground nec­es­sary to prac­tice in macro, mezzo, and micro arenas such as polit­ical advo­cacy, com­mu­nity devel­op­ment and direct service.

About the Center of Com­mu­nity Service

The Center of Com­mu­nity Ser­vice sup­ports North­eastern University’slong tra­di­tion of ser­vice to the com­mu­nity and com­mit­ment to civic engage­ment. The CCS is where stu­dents, fac­ulty, staff, alumni, and community-​​based orga­ni­za­tions can exchange infor­ma­tion, resources, and refer­rals for com­mu­nity ser­vice and service-​​learning oppor­tu­ni­ties. The CCS coor­di­nates com­mu­nity ser­vice and service-​​learning pro­grams and events and Ameri­Corps part­ner­ships so that all mem­bers of the campus com­mu­nity have oppor­tu­ni­ties to con­tribute to the health and well-​​being of our communities.

About North­eastern University

Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.

About Students4Giving

Admin­is­tered by the Fidelity Char­i­table Gift Fund and Campus Com­pact, Students4Giving is a pro­gram designed to advance phil­an­thropic edu­ca­tion efforts at col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties across the country by engaging stu­dents in strategic grant making activ­i­ties within the con­text of community-​​based learning and in part­ner­ship with local non­profit orga­ni­za­tions. The annual pro­gram, funded by Fidelity, pro­vides stu­dents at each of the ten selected schools with a $15,000 Giving Account® that stu­dents will oversee while par­tic­i­pating in their non-​​profit and phil­an­thropy courses.

About Campus Compact

Campus Com­pact is a national coali­tion of more than 1,100 col­lege and uni­ver­sity pres­i­dents –rep­re­senting some 6 mil­lion stu­dents – who are com­mitted to ful­filling the civic pur­poses of higher edu­ca­tion. As the only national asso­ci­a­tion ded­i­cated to this mis­sion, Campus Com­pact is a leader in building civic engage­ment into campus and aca­d­emic life. For more infor­ma­tion, visit http://​www​.com​pact​.org/.

About Fidelity Char­i­table Gift Fund

The Fidelity Char­i­table Gift Fund is one of the nation’s largest public char­i­ties and has the largest donor-​​advised fund in the country[1]. The mis­sion of the Gift Fund is to fur­ther the Amer­ican tra­di­tion of phil­an­thropy by pro­viding pro­grams that make char­i­table giving simple and effec­tive. Since the Gift Fund’s incep­tion, more than 52,000 donors have rec­om­mended grants totaling more than $8 bil­lion to more than 122,000 non­profit orga­ni­za­tions nation­wide, as of June 30, 2008. For more infor­ma­tion on the Fidelity Char­i­table Gift Fund, visit www​.char​i​ta​blegift​.org.

[1] — Chron­icle of Phil­an­thropy Rank­ings, 2006.