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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

UMW Philanthropy class accepting grant applications

The University of Mary Washington today issued the following press release:

University of Mary Washington students enrolled in a philanthropy class are seeking applicants for $10,000 in grant money to be awarded to local nonprofit organizations.

The class, made up of 22 students called the University of Mary Washington Philanthropic Society, wants the funds to benefit agencies that focus on sustainable, community-based programs in the Fredericksburg area.

A total of $10,000 will be awarded to one or more nonprofits on Tuesday, November 30. Deadline for application is Monday, November 1.

Eligible applicants must come from the City of Fredericksburg; the counties of Caroline, Culpeper, King George, Orange, Spotsylvania, Stafford, and Prince William; as well as the Middle Peninsula and the Northern Neck regions.  Applicants may include agencies that operate shelters or youth educational programs or work to develop adult skills, according to the society’s mission statement.

The goal of the Philanthropic Society is to improve the quality of life for people in the area by assisting low-income or homeless individuals and families.  A student committee will review the applications and determine which organization should receive the grant.

The philanthropy award is in its sixth year at UMW. Every year, the grants are funded by philanthropist Doris Buffett’s Sunshine Lady Foundation.  Buffett encourages students in the Economics of Philanthropy and the Non-Profit Sector class, taught by Professor Robert Rycroft, to explore philanthropy beyond the classroom.

Buffett has started similar courses at 15 other colleges across the country.  Her foundation focuses on aiding less fortunate people, especially working and poor families in crisis.  By funding the university courses, Buffett hopes to inspire younger generations to help people in need.

More information can be obtained by contacting Rycroft at rrycroft@umw.edu.

By jbranscome on October 12th, 2010 4:19 pm

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