At December 14 event, IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy students will award $10,000 to nonprofit’s Food Justice F.E.E.D. program
Who: Students at the world’s first school of philanthropy, Flanner House leaders
What: Awarding of $10,000 grant from “Learning by Giving” class students in the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI.
Flanner House will receive $10,000 for its Farming, Education, Employment, Distribution (F.E.E.D.) program, which will create an urban garden and farming program that will provide local residents who live in Indianapolis' largest food desert with access to healthy foods, education and training in agriculture and food preparation and delivery and employment placement support. Philanthropic studies students will share how they chose this program to support, what they learned from Flanner House and other local charities, and their experiences in learning to give money responsibly.
When: Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2013, 1:30-2:15 p.m. (program begins at 1:45 p.m.)
Where: Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, IUPUI, University Hall, 300 University Blvd., Room 1006, Indianapolis, IN 46202
Visuals: Over-sized check, students making a difference.
Give away $10,000 wisely. That’s the challenge Lilly Family School of Philanthropy students fulfill Dec. 14 when they give Flanner House a grant to help provide solutions to community food needs and their underlying causes.
In the hands-on “Learning by Giving” course, students learn and implement the process of giving responsibly 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 are provided by the Learning by Giving Foundation founded by Doris Buffett, sister of Warren Buffett.
The students chose “community, compassion and opportunity” as the values guiding their decision process and set as their mission “to alleviate the suffering of people facing poverty by providing the resources they need to overcome obstacles and improve their own lives in lasting and meaningful ways, thereby enhancing human rights.”
“Flanner House's proposal provided a very strong match for these values and the mission because it will address short term needs for food in a community that has been identified as a large food desert in Indianapolis, and long term needs for education, training, employment and sustainable development of food for community residents,” said Tyrone M. Freeman, Ph.D., assistant professor of Philanthropic Studies, who teaches the course.
“The students found that selecting just one recipient from among the twenty-three worthy local nonprofits that applied was harder than they thought it would be,” Freeman added. “They did an excellent job with their due diligence and ultimately determined that Flanner House’s plans for helping people in the community were most strongly aligned with the goals for the grant.”
About the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
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