The student philanthropy program awards $12,000 to Cincinnati area non-profits in 2010-2011

The program was created in 2002 to teach students how to work with philanthropic organizations | June 15, 2011

The Dorothy Day Center for Faith and Justice completed its philanthropy program for the 2010-2011 academic year with four classes presenting $12,000 in grant awards to nine local non-profit organizations. The classes spent the semester researching and working with student-selected non-profit organizations around a particular social issue and providing financial assistance to support their work.

The goals of the philanthropy program are: to promote community engagement that is beneficial for students, faculty and community partners; to broaden student understanding of course content through analytical and practical interaction with community assets and needs within the course objectives; and to cultivate the value of social investment with community organizations as a means of contributing to community well-being.

The four courses each received $3,000 to distribute as grants. Students created guidelines for selecting an organization to fund and how the money is applied. The four classes and their selected organizations:

• Introduction to Environmental Science gave grants to Granny's Garden School, Turner Farm and Greenacres Foundation.
• Theological Foundations gave grants to Interfaith Hospitality Network and Interfaith Business Builders.
• Medicinal Chemistry gave grants to IV-CHARIS and F.A.C.E.
• Health Services Administration gave grants to Visionaries and Voices, and Winton Place Youth Center.

The philanthropy program was started in 2002. Since then it has been embedded in 38 classes including music, political science, marketing, theology, sport management and chemistry, and has involved 870 Xavier students. A total of $151,000 in grants has been awarded to 94 partner organizations, including Imago, Norwood City Schools, Ten Thousand Villages, International Center and the Center for Peace Education.

For more information, please contact Jim Riordan, S.J., at or by phone at 513-745-3046.

The mission of the Dorothy Day Center for Faith and Justice is to challenge and support students as they deepen their spiritual lives, pursue justice and promote pluralism.