Learning by giving: How today’s students can become tomorrow’s philanthropists

first_img Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The Anatomy of Fear First published on theconversastion.comIf someone asked you to picture a philanthropist, chances are a billionaire like Bill Gates or John D. Rockefeller Sr. would come to mind. But not all philanthropists are billionaires, or even millionaires for that matter. People who make modest gifts of time or money can make a big difference in their communities.We are professors who teach and do research about philanthropy, the practice of expressing generosity by giving away money and in some cases time. We see our job as motivating and preparing college and graduate students to become future leaders of nonprofit organizations or donors with good ideas about how to make a difference – starting right now.Teaching about givingOne approach, known as “experiential philanthropy,” teaches about charitable giving through hands-on experiences. Students get real money, typically about US$10,000 per class, to give away to local nonprofits. One of us (David) has determined that these courses are being taught on more than 80 different campuses.Northern Kentucky University pioneered this approach in 1999. Since then, students there have collectively awarded more than $1.5 million to local charities as part of their coursework.A wealthy donor, Geoffrey P. Raynor, is building on that model through the Philanthropy Lab. So far, this national initiative has spread to more than 20 universities, including many attended by the nation’s richest students, such as Princeton and the University of Chicago.These courses are for all students, however. Undergraduates majoring in everything from chemistry to philosophy and business to history enroll. While some of them are or want to become rich, others do not come from wealth or aspire to become upper-class. All of them sign up because they want to learn how to use their money and time to make change on the issues they care most about.Learning by doing can help turn students into philanthropists. Rawpixel.com/Shutterstock.comDoes it work?Giving away money – particularly when it’s not yours – can be fun. But does it actually teach students anything about philanthropy or how to become philanthropists?To find out, one of us (Lindsey) led a study published in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly that surveyed more than 600 Northern Kentucky University students who had taken an experiential philanthropy course there from 2009 to 2013.The research team found that students were more interested in donating to and volunteering at local nonprofits after taking the course. They were also more likely to know more about issues affecting their community and what nonprofits were doing about them.Our findings suggest that by studying – and actually engaging in – philanthropy, students learn more about what philanthropy is, why they should do it and how they can make a difference.Paying for itWhile the logic behind these programs may be clear, the question of where the money students give away comes from is not because it’s not something covered in a traditional university budget.So far, foundations like the Learning by Giving Foundation, founded by philanthropist Doris Buffett – Warren Buffett’s sister – and the Once Upon a Time Foundation, funded by the same person as the Philanthropy Lab, are a leading source of financial support.Doris Buffett’s Learning by Giving Foundation funds undergraduate courses at colleges and universities across the country that offer for-credit courses that combine the study of theory with the practice of philanthropy.The federal government has also pitched in to support a program called Pay it Forward, which engages college students in hands-on philanthropy, grant-making and volunteer service. However, Congress abolished that funding in 2011. Its courses are being taught today only in Ohio, where local foundations foot the bill, at campuses like Denison University, The Ohio State University-Newark, Central Ohio Technical College and the University of Cincinnati.Cutting these programs means that young people will be less likely to be able to take philanthropy courses in college. This is troubling, because one of us (Jodi) found that after having opportunities to be actively engaged in giving with a group of peers, young people can better understand philanthropy’s impact.That’s because after learning through these hands-on philanthropic experiences, students often want to donate their own money to nonprofits.Many other kinds of courses about philanthropy and nonprofits are taught at U.S. and foreign universities. But experiential philanthropy is different because students gain practical knowledge and skills. Whether a class gives away $200 or $2,000, they become equipped for future leadership in the charitable world.Education is, to a degree, about investing in the potential of students. And philanthropic education gets students to think about their responsibilities to invest in the communities in which they live. It helps them see the power they have to make a difference. Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSPhilanthropythe conversation.com Previous articleIn case you missed it: The Apopka news week in reviewNext article“Let’s Talk About It” Episode 12: Solutions for at-risk youth Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your name herelast_img read more

127 Mid West children homeless

first_imgLimerick county house prices to rise 5% in 2021 Limerick city house prices rise 4.9% as time to sell falls NewsHousing127 Mid West children homelessBy Alan Jacques – June 11, 2018 2002 Students warned of rental scams in Limerick Linkedin Advertisement WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Printcenter_img Covid crisis impacts building of new homes in Limerick Email SIXTY-six families with 127 children were homeless in the Mid-West in April this year, according to the latest figures from the Department of Housing.There were 89 adults, 43 of these single-parent families, homeless in the region during April.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The total number of children homeless across the State came to 3,689.“While homeless figures for April show a very slight decrease they are still alarmingly high but the most concerning aspect is the increase in the number of children who are without a home. This is a scandal,” Labour Party Housing spokesperson, Jan O’Sullivan said.“These children are in truly precarious situations, along with their families in many cases with nowhere to play, far from their friends and school and filled with an anxiety about the future that no child should have to endure.”These figures, Deputy O’Sullivan insists, brings more urgency to the need to implement the kind of measures she presented on behalf of the Labour Party to the Dáil last week to prevent families from losing their homes and also to see the Government progress the Housing (Homeless Families) Bill which would ensure the needs of children whose families are homeless are addressed.“As we shine a light on the wrongs done to children in the past, we must find real solutions to the plight of the children of the present whose lives are blighted by being homeless,” she concluded.Commenting on the figures, Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy, said: “The report for April shows a reduction in the number of adults and families accessing emergency accommodation, which is welcome. I have said before that monthly reporting makes it difficult to identify any developing trends at an early stage, but from these figures, it would seem that the presentation of new families into emergency accommodation is stabilising.“That said, while the number of families in emergency accommodation is down this month, a small number of families with a large number of children did present, meaning that the number of dependents has risen by 43.”Read more housing stories here. Facebook Mortgage payment break for local authority home loan borrowers will be extended by a further three months Previous articleWin cinema ticketsNext articleThrowing the book at Limerick schoolboy soccer Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie TAGSDeputy Jan O’Sullivaneoghan murphyhomelesshomelessnessHousingJan O’Sullivan TDpolitics Average Limerick city house prices rise 2.5% in past yearlast_img read more

Elite Cleaning Of Washington Gives Tips To Remove Hair Spray And…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Elite Cleaning of WashingtonRemoving Hair Spray & Bathtub DecalsHair Spray! Hair spray gets everywhere: walls, doors, sinks, counters, tile, cabinets, and floors! It leaves a thick sticky residue all over everything. It’s been my experience that other household cleaners just seem to make hair spray residue stickier instead of removing it. Got fabric softener? I found that making a mixture of 1 part fabric softener to 2 parts warm water works like a charm to remove the hair spray residue, repels dust, and leaves a nice shine!Bathtub Decals!Bathtub decals are great to create non-slippery surfaces, but they can be a nightmare to remove. Last year, I was in a home that had these decals.  The homeowner said they were from the prior homeowner who moved out a while ago. She wanted to know if we could remove them.After doing some research and testing a few things, here is what we found worked the best. Get aluminum foil, local rewards store card, hair dryer, magic eraser, and goo-gone! Lay a piece of the foil over the decal, heat with hair dryer on high and work the decal up with the store rewards card. Keep repeating until the decals come off and the glue residue is left. I found using goo-gone and a magic eraser removed the glue residue.  Then clean the shower like normal.Elite Cleaning of Washington is fully licensed and bonded.For home cleaning estimates, please contact Scottiejo at 360.529.2277.last_img read more