Mayerson Student Philanthropy Project

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Mayerson Student Philanthropy Project Spotlight

What is the Mayerson Student Philanthropy Project?

The Mayerson Student Philanthropy Project started at Northern Kentucky University in 1999 as a way to teach students more about nonprofits and philanthropy, with the belief that hands-on learning in these fields would produce NKU graduates who are more likely to remain life-long community stewards. 

How does it work?

The Mayerson Student Philanthropy Project is designed to use a "learn by giving" approach in the college classroom. Every semester select university courses are named Mayerson courses, are given a sum of money, and are asked to evaluate nonprofits and then invest in those they think will make the most effective use of the funds (typically, $1,000 per nonprofit).

A mother and daughter at the Cincinnati Ronald McDonald House.

Leah Renke (left) and her mother (right) from Bunswick, Georgia are current residents of the Cincinnati Ronald McDonald House, a nonprofit organization that provides shelter in Cincinnati for families such as Leah and her mother who are living hundreds of miles away from their home for Leah's treatment. The Cincinnati Ronald McDonald House was recently selected as one nonprofit organization to benefit from a $2,000 grant by Northern Kentucky University students as a part of the NKU Mayerson Student Philanthropy Project.

Click here to learn more about Leah’s story and how the Cincinnati Ronald McDonald House is helping support Leah and her mother.

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The garden
Plants start to sprout after a once-vacant lot was transformed into a now-luscious garden at the Hosea House in Newport, Ky. An NKU Mayerson Student Philanthropy Project grad student was responsible for this change. Read more about her project by clicking the above picture.

Student Philanthropy
Faculty Handbook

Northern Kentucky University’s Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement published the Student Philanthropy Faculty Handbook in early July 2010 and has filled orders from universities and colleges in 40 states, the District of Columbia and two foreign countries (the Philippines and Iceland).  Click on the photo below to view the handbook. For ordering information click here.

Student Philanthropy Faculty Handbook