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Mostly, our Mayerson Student Philanthropy Project classes are funded by community donors who invest in our learn-by-giving model. The Manuel D. & Rhoda Mayerson Foundation of Cincinnati was our founding funder and continues to support our program. Other t funders include Citi/Florence, ArtsWave, the Straws Foundation, the Scripps Howard Foundation, the Neikirk Family and Skyward. In addition, former NKU President James Votruba and his co-authors donated all profits from their book, Becoming an Engaged Campus, to student philanthropy classes.

For some classes, our students do additional fundraising by writing letters to family and friends, using an online crowdsourcing site and hosting fundraising events. They’ve also participated in silent auctions, sold t-shirts, and otherwise looked for ways to raise more money to invest in nonprofits and their causes.

  • Typically, a class is funded with $2,000 and invest all of it in one nonprofit or $1,000 each in two. Students make that decision.
  • You can sponsor a student philanthropy class at $2,000 each. To do so, contact Jodi Zerbe, assistant director of development and alumni engagement, at or 859-572-5489.
  • You can contribute to student philanthropy at IMPACT NKU. Note: There is no active impact site for student philanthropy right now, but there will be soon.