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Binghamton University student philanthropy program awards $12,000

2014-05-06

BINGHAMTON, NY -- Binghamton University philanthropy students have announced the recipients of $12,000 in grant awards for 2014.

The University’s Philanthropy Incubator program consists of undergraduate and graduate students from three separate courses who learned about community needs, the role nonprofit organizations play in addressing those needs, and ways in which to manage and lead nonprofit organizations effectively. The students also learned the importance of philanthropy, the giving of time or money, to ensure charitable organizations have the resources they need, in order to make a difference for communities.

This year, the students have selected the following organizations for grants:

Family Planning of South Central New York (FPSCNY) - $3,000. FPSCNY provides education and health services pertaining to human sexuality and reproduction. This grant will help FPSCNY purchase condoms and other contraceptive materials to sell at a reduced price or provide for free.

Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW) - $3,000. CHOW provides food assistance to people who cannot afford fresh, healthy food. CHOW will use this grant to help pay for thousands of pounds of food that will be distributed by bus to several Broome County communities.

Mom’s House - $2,000. Mom’s House offers support services to young parents, including childcare, so that they can pursue their education while taking care of a young child. This grant will help Mom’s House to continue to make repairs in response to the damage it received in the 2011 flood.

Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) - $2,000. CEO is dedicated to decreasing recidivism and increasing opportunities for men and women who have recently been released from prison. CEO will use the grant to purchase steel-toed boots, essential "equipment" for many of the jobs in which they place their clients.

RISE, comprehensive domestic violence services - $2,000. RISE assists families who experience, or are threatened with domestic violence. To increase the community’s awareness of this pervasive problem, RISE will use this donation to purchase a data collection and reporting software designed for domestic violence programs which will allow the organization to serve its clients more effectively.

The undergraduate philanthropy class is funded by the Learning by Giving Foundation (www.learningbygivingfoundation.org). The graduate courses were funded with money raised by students earlier this year, through the Party with a Purpose event. Organizations receiving grants were selected for funding based upon issue areas of concern to students, assessment of community needs and the performance of selected organizations in addressing those needs.

For more information, contact David Campbell at dcamp@binghamton.edu

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