Who: Students at the world’s first school of philanthropy
Edna Martin Christian Center leaders
What: Awarding of $10,000 grant from “Learning by Giving” class students
The Edna Martin Christian Center will receive $10,000 to address generational poverty issues for families living in Indianapolis’ North East and Near East neighborhoods. The Center uses a “two-generation” approach that focuses on successful developmental and education outcomes for children ages 0-5 and family stability interventions such as employment, adult education, and housing for the children’s parents.
Funds granted by the class will assist families living in poverty with the cost of housing, education, childcare, transportation and basic needs such as food, clothing, hygiene and baby care items.
Philanthropic Studies students will share how they chose this program to support, what they learned from the center and other local charities, and their experiences in learning to give money responsibly.
When: Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Where: Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, IUPUI University Hall, 300 University Blvd., Room 1006, Indianapolis, IN 46202
Visuals: Over-sized check, young people giving back and making a difference
How would you give away $10,000 responsibly? That’s the challenge Lilly Family School of Philanthropy students fulfill Dec. 8 when they give the Edna Martin Christian Center a grant to help overcome generational poverty in families.
In the hands-on “Learning by Giving” course, students learn and implement the process of giving wisely and make grants, from deciding which community issues to address and writing requests for proposals to conducting site visits at nonprofits, evaluating applications and deciding where to award the money. Grant funds were provided by PNC Foundation and the Learning by Giving Foundation founded by Doris Buffett, sister of Warren Buffett.
The students set as their mission supporting a nonprofit that employs a two-generation approach to benefit both children and their parents in an effort to break the cycle of poverty.
“We received proposals from many good applicants,” said Greg Witkowski, Ph.D., associate professor of philanthropic studies, who developed and teaches the course. “Students were impressed with the range of wrap-around services offered by the Edna Martin Christian Center, as well as the center’s long engagement in this space. They felt this holistic approach would prepare the center to launch a new initiative as part of the Great Families 2020 program supported by the United Way of Central Indiana.”
The event is open to media.
About the PNC Foundation
The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group (www.pnc.com), actively supports organizations that provide services for the benefit of communities in which it has a significant presence. The foundation focuses its philanthropic mission on early childhood education and community and economic development, which includes the arts and culture. Through Grow Up Great, its signature cause that began in 2004, PNC has created a bilingual $350 million, multi-year initiative to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life.
About the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI is dedicated to improving philanthropy to improve the world by training and empowering students and professionals to be innovators and leaders who create positive and lasting change. The school offers a comprehensive approach to philanthropy through its academic, research and international programs and through The Fund Raising School, Lake Institute on Faith & Giving, and the Women’s Philanthropy Institute. Follow us on Twitter @IUPhilanthropy or “Like” us on Facebook.