One last point: in my recent Next Avenue blog post about the Giving With Pur­pose MOOC I enrolled in — offered by North­eastern Uni­ver­sity and the Giving With Pur­pose Foun­da­tion — I men­tioned that it would give $150,000 in grants to non­profits that passed muster with the stu­dents. The 30 win­ning non­profits have just been announced.

The win­ners tend to cluster in a few broad cat­e­gories (housing and home­less­ness; youth, chil­dren, and edu­ca­tion; and hunger and food secu­rity) and range in size from St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance in Ari­zona to the New York Public Library.

I love the list of grantees because it reflects how deeply woven non­profit orga­ni­za­tions are into the fabric of our com­mu­ni­ties,” said Rebecca Riccio, the North­eastern pro­fessor who taught the course. “They’re not just addressing the needs of our most vul­ner­able mem­bers, although that’s a crit­ical func­tion. They shape who we are and who we can become as a society by putting our best impulses as human beings into action.”

Read the article at Forbes →