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Olivet College receives "Pay it Forward" grant through MCC
Jan 27, 2010

Olivet College has received a $5,000 Pay it Forward grant through Michigan Campus Compact (MCC) to support a student philanthropy program on campus. The grant, which is renewable each semester for two years at the full amount, is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service (Learn and Serve America Higher Education).

According to MCC, the purpose of the Pay it Forward initiative is to develop a new generation of philanthropists through a course-based, service-learning environment that engages college students in hands-on philanthropy, grant-making, and service while providing community nonprofits with much needed assistance. Campuses selected for the grant must redistribute $4,500 of the award money to local non-profit 501©(3) agencies through a mini-grant process at the determination of the students in the program, while the remaining $500 will be used to support course activities related to the project. The grant will focus efforts in three needs areas: children and youth programs, neighborhood development and revitalization; and hunger, homelessness and health issues.

Olivet College is using the grant to fund an interdisciplinary exploration course titled IDS EXP: How to Change the World. The course is designed to teach students about philanthropy and social entrepreneurship and satisfies the colleges service learning requirement. Coursework includes redistributing the $4,500 to local nonprofit organizations, as well as discussing case studies of significant philanthropic efforts in the United States and throughout the world. A discussion of philanthropy at Olivet College is also included. For more information, contact Mike Fales, director of service learning and campus ministries, at (269) 749-7624.

Michigan Campus Compact is a coalition of college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the public purposes of higher education. Campus Compact member presidents are joined together in their commitment to the development of personal and social responsibility as integral to the educational mission of their campuses. For more information on MCC, visit www.micampuscompact.org.


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