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Studying Philanthropy and Doling Out Real Cash Robert S Rycroft Professor of Economics University of Mary Washington Fredericksburg, VA USA.

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1 Studying Philanthropy and Doling Out Real Cash Robert S Rycroft Professor of Economics University of Mary Washington Fredericksburg, VA USA

2 Service Learning Service-learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. National Service-Learning Clearinghouse (http://www.servicelearning.org/welcome_to _service-learning/index.php)http://www.servicelearning.org/welcome_to _service-learning/index.php

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4 Antecedents of the Course Learning by Giving Similar Courses Disciplinary Focus Community Foundations and High School students

5 Who Takes the Course? Prerequisites Majors Class Standing Volunteer background Excess demand

6 Class Topics

7 Reading

8 The Project Organization Mission Statement Application Form Publicize Grant Evaluate Applications

9 2005 Presentation Ceremony

10 2006 Presentation Ceremony

11 Student Reaction 2005: I learned a lot about philanthropy and the nonprofit sector this semester Highly disagree DisagreeNeither Agree Nor Disagree AgreeHighly Agree n = 25Average = : I learned a lot about philanthropy and the nonprofit sector this semester Highly disagree DisagreeNeither Agree Nor Disagree AgreeHighly Agree n = 17Average = 4.41

12 Student Reaction 2005: The class project was a valuable educational experience Highly disagree DisagreeNeither Agree Nor Disagree AgreeHighly Agree n = 25Average = : The class project was a valuable educational experience Highly disagree DisagreeNeither Agree Nor Disagree AgreeHighly Agree n = 16Average = 4.12

13 Student Reaction 2005 : I learned a lot about philanthropy and the nonprofit sector from the class project Highly disagree DisagreeNeither Agree Nor Disagree AgreeHighly Agree n = 25Average = : I learned a lot about philanthropy and the nonprofit sector from the class project Highly disagree DisagreeNeither Agree Nor Disagree AgreeHighly Agree n = 16Average = 3.71

14 Student Reaction 2005: Prior to taking the course, I had a strong interest in a career in the nonprofit sector Highly disagree DisagreeNeither Agree Nor Disagree AgreeHighly Agree n = 22Average = : Prior to taking the course, I had a strong interest in a career in the nonprofit sector Highly disagree DisagreeNeither Agree Nor Disagree AgreeHighly Agree n = 17Average = : After taking the course, I had a strong interest in a career in the nonprofit sector Highly disagree DisagreeNeither Agree Nor Disagree AgreeHighly Agree n = 22Average = : After taking the course, I had a strong interest in a career in the nonprofit sector Highly disagree DisagreeNeither Agree Nor Disagree AgreeHighly Agree n = 16Average = 3.29

15 Student Reaction 2005: The course has given me important insights into what a career in the nonprofit sector is like Highly disagree DisagreeNeither Agree Nor Disagree AgreeHighly Agree n = 22Average = : The course has given me important insights into what a career in the nonprofit sector is like Highly disagree DisagreeNeither Agree Nor Disagree AgreeHighly Agree n = 16Average = 3.47

16 Mission Statement Mission Statement of the ECONOMICS Foundation 2005 Our goal is to foster positive changes in the community through sustainable, innovative and growing programs in the Fredericksburg area. We are seeking to fund programs that emphasize educational development, mental and physical health, and/or provide crisis sheltering. Special emphasis is placed on fledgling programs or concepts for new and sustainable programs. These may be implemented by both new and established organizations. With interest in seeing these programs mature and flourish, the grant is available to groups operating in the City of Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, King George, and Caroline counties. The grant is not, however, limited only to new programs. This grant is aimed at impacting lives of people today so that they may not only gain immediate benefits but also be able to see the future in a brighter light filled with possibilities otherwise dark.

17 Mission Statement MISSION STATEMENT of UMWPEO (posted 9/26/2006) It is the mission of the University of Mary Washington Philanthropic Education Organization (UMWPEO) to provide financial contributions to nonprofit organizations in the City of Fredericksburg, Town of Culpeper and the Counties of Spotsylvania, Stafford, King George, Caroline, Orange, Culpeper, Westmoreland, Northumberland, Lancaster, and Richmond devoted to educational and/or job training programs for underprivileged individuals. Furthermore, the UMWPEO advocates programs which create long- lasting and beneficial effects on their region's communities by imparting positive social values.


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