Philanthropy Incubator


The Department of Public Administration established the University Philanthropy Incubator with funding from Campus Compact, the national coalition of colleges and universities dedicated to student civic engagement. In 2010, the Sunshine Lady Foundation, now the Learning by Giving Foundation, began funding a philanthropy course for undergraduates. That support continues today. The Philanthropy Incubator has also received support from student and alumni fundraising. In 2010, the program received funding from the Community Foundation for South Central New York's Harriet Ford Dickinson Fund. 

Since 2009, students have contributed over $125,000 to Southern Tier nonprofit organizations. They have done this work as part of three primary courses. Undergraduate philanthropy has taken place as part of the Binghamton University Scholars Program and the course Philanthropy and Civil Society; graduate philanthropy has been part of two courses in the College of Community Affairs, Issues in Nonprofit Administration, in the MPA Program, and Advanced Social Work Practice with Communities in the MSW Program.

While the project was formed from within the Department of Public Administration, it would not be able to succeed without the help of the Masters of Social Work program and our funders. The Philanthropy Incubator has become a distinguishing feature of a Binghamton University education, reflecting our commitment to engaged learning, preparing students for effective public service.

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Each spring, students receive an overview of philanthropy, nonprofit organizations and their role in civic life. They also explore their personal values, identify the issues about which they care most and learn about community needs. All of this knowledge informs their grant-making decisions.

As a result of this process, students make grants annually to local organizations generally averaging between $2,000-$5,000. The grant deadline occurs early in each spring semester.


Give to the Incubator

Your gift helps to sustain the Philanthropy Incubator and provides students with a unique service learning experience. Donating online is easy.

Log on to the Binghamton University Foundation secure online giving site and complete the information requested. To designate your gift to the Philanthropy Incubator project, choose Other. In the "If Other - Please Specify" box below, type in Philanthropy Incubator Project — Acct # 10353.

Once your transaction is approved, you will receive an e-mail confirmation of your gift, followed by an official tax receipt in the mail a few days later.

Philanthropy Incubator Award Recipients

2021 award recipients
  • Broome County Council of Churches, Greater Good Grocery Store
  • Gigi's Playhouse
  • The Stack Project 
2020 award recipients
  • RISE
  • Rural Health Network
  • Family Planning of South Central New York

2019 award recipients

  • Truth Pharm
  • Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments (VINES)
  • American Civic Association
  • Meals on Wheels of Western Broome

2018 award recipients

  • Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier
  • RISE
  • YWCA of Binghamton

2017 award recipients

  • Coalition for the Homeless of the Southern Tier of NY
  • Crime Victims Assistance Center
  • The Water Project
  • Little Footprints, Big Steps

2016 award recipients

  • Broome County Urban League
  • Community Care Network of Nichols
  • Peruvian Hearts
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Detention Alternatives After School Program, Summer Career Experience Program 

2015 award recipients

  • Mom's House
  • Kopernik Observatory
  • Southern Tier Alternative Therapies 

2014 award recipients

  • CHOW
  • Center for Employment Opportunities
  • Mom's House
  • Family Planning of South Central New York
  • RISE

2013 award recipients

  • SOS Shelter
  • Kopernik Observatory
  • Family Enrichment Network
  • Hope Dispensary

2012 award recipients

  • Boys and Girls Club of Binghamton
  • UHS Foundation, School Based Health Clinic
  • Oasis After School Program

2011 award recipients

  • Broome County Urban League
  • Family Enrichment Network
  • Mom’s House
  • Children's Home of the Wyoming Conference
  • Suicide Prevention and Crisis Center
  • Southern Tier Alternatives Therapies

2010 award recipients

  • Handicapped Children's Association
  • Family Enrichment Network
  • Binghamton Boys and Girls Club
  • Broome County YMCA
  • Broome County Council of Churches
  • Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier
  • Center for Discovery