This is our 20th year for the Mayerson Student Philanthropy Project at Northern Kentucky University, making us the nation’s oldest such program.
To mark the occasion, we had scheduled 20 classes this semester – a new record.
Then, with a global pandemic staring us down, NKU switched after spring break to online classes. Seventeen of our classes pressed forward. One, a College of Law class, even added a new component: an extra $1,000 earmarked for COVID-19 response.
Going online made us, as a university, focus not on what we could not do – but on what we could do. I think you will see in the stories on this page that our classes rose the challenge. Visit our Spring Celebration page for detailed information about this semester's awards.
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).