North­eastern Students4Giving (NS4G), a student-​​led ini­tia­tive that immerses its mem­bers in the oper­a­tion of a working phil­an­thropic orga­ni­za­tion, has received a $10,000 grant from the Sun­shine Lady Foundation’s Learning by Giving program.

The Sun­shine Lady Foundation—founded by Doris Buf­fett, the sister of investor and phil­an­thropist Warren Buffett—promotes phil­an­thropy at the under­grad­uate level with the hope of inspiring stu­dents to become leaders in their communities.

North­eastern is one of 21 col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties across the country that received a grant from the Learning by Giving program.

Stu­dents will use the award to make grants to non­profit orga­ni­za­tions in the Boston neigh­bor­hoods of Mis­sion Hill, the Fenway, Rox­bury and the South End. Last year, NS4G awarded grants to Morgan Memo­rial Good­will Indus­tries and Vic­tory Pro­grams, Inc., two groups in Rox­bury that sup­port fam­i­lies par­tic­u­larly at risk because of finan­cial instability.

This grant speaks to how hard stu­dents have worked to build a cred­ible and mean­ingful orga­ni­za­tion,” said Rebecca Riccio, the NS4G advisor and a lec­turer in Northeastern’s human ser­vices pro­gram. Riccio praised the Uni­ver­sity for its emphasis on com­mu­nity ser­vice and for giving stu­dents expe­ri­en­tial learning oppor­tu­ni­ties that shape their ana­lyt­ical, orga­ni­za­tional and lead­er­ship skills.

Many of the club’s mem­bers are enrolled in service-​​learning courses, Human Ser­vices Pro­fes­sions and Strategic Phil­an­thropy and Non­profit Man­age­ment, that give them an under­standing of com­mu­nity needs and grant man­age­ment, but NS4G allows them to take their course­work fur­ther, said Riccio.

Stu­dents care about the pro­gram not only because it relates to their courses,” she said, “but because they can see that they’re making a dif­fer­ence in the community.”

This dis­tinc­tive expe­ri­en­tial approach to learning attracted the Sun­shine Lady Foun­da­tion, said Louise Sawyer, a con­sul­tant to the foundation’s giving program.

Northeastern’s phil­an­thropy pro­gram embodies Mrs. Buffett’s phi­los­ophy,” she said, adding, “North­eastern excels at both the ‘learning’ and the ‘giving’ sides of the equation.”

The grant gives mem­bers of the stu­dent group flex­i­bility to spend more time assessing com­mu­nity needs and less time raising money for its phil­an­thropy, said NS4G stu­dent leader Sarah Longstreet, a third-​​year com­mu­ni­ca­tions and jour­nalism double-​​major.

She stressed the impor­tance of staying in touch with grant recip­i­ents through poten­tial vol­un­teer opportunities.

We don’t just want to give money to these orga­ni­za­tions and not know where it’s going and how much of a dif­fer­ence it’s making,” said Longstreet. “It’s about learning about what’s working and what isn’t working, and we won’t know unless we keep these rela­tion­ships going.”