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This annual report provides information about the Mayerson Student Philanthropy Project at Northern Kentucky University for the academic year that included the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters.
Class posing at a table.
Dr. Kaiser speaks to the audience.
The audience at the MSPP ceremony.
Participants pose with a presentation check.
A Life Learning Center representative accepts the award.
Attendees socialize after the ceremony.
Group posing with presentation check.
An attendee writes on a presentation check.
Class posing with a presentation check.
Bonita Brown speaks at MSPP ceremony.
Pones dances at the ceremony.
Dr. Caporusso addresses the audience.
Class presenting at MSPP ceremony.
Students smiling at the MSPP ceremony.
Student speaks at MSPP ceremony.
Applause at the MSPP ceremony.
Non-profit accepts award.
Table of attendees at the MSPP ceremony.
Large audience at the MSPP ceremony.

"Philanthropy is not just about giving back.  It teaches students to use critical thinking skills and inspires them to get involved in their community."

NKU dove headfirst into student philanthropy in 1999 and has offered classes every year since.  The program has become a model, replicated locally and around the nation.

On our own campus, we've opened the program to all colleges, all disciplines and the full range of NKU students, beginning with high school students taking courses for college credit and continuing through graduate school.

More information is available at Mayerson Student Philanthropy Project.


By the Numbers

Fall 2022

Agencies Funded: 19

Classes: 15

Students: 256

Awarded Money: $32,400

Spring 2023

Agencies Funded: 18

Classes: 15

Students: 215

Awarded Money: $35,691


Agencies Funded: 37

Classes: 30

Students: 471

Awarded Money: $68,091


Selected Nonprofits and their Investments:
  • $400 to Dragonfly Foundation
  • $2,000 to Build a School in Africa
  • $2,000 to Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky
  • $2,000 to Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center
  • $2,000 to Caracole
  • $2,000 to Breast Wishes Foundation
  • $1,000 to Chicks & Chucks
  • $1,000 to Beyond Guilt
  • $6,000 to Be Concerned
  • $2,000 to Esperanza Latino Center of NKY
  • $2,000 to Baranova27
  • $1,000 to HER Cincinnati
  • $1,000 to GLAD House
  • $2,000 to Aubrey Rose Foundation
  • $3,500 to Housing Opportunities of Northern Kentucky
  • $1,000 to Northern Kentucky Children's Advocacy Center
  • $1,000 to Tattoo Removal Ink
  • $4,000 to Dolly Parton's Imagination Library at Boone County Public Library
  • $1,000 to Newport History Museum at the Southgate Street School
  • $5,191 to RefugeeConnect
  • $2,000 to Pink Link Project by Covington Partners
  • $2,000 to NKCES Regional School Program - Phoenix Program
  • $1,000 to Diocesan Catholic Children's Home
  • $1,000 to Family Nurturing Center
  • $1,000 to Summer Camp Reading
  • $1,000 to Wesley Chapel Mission Center
  • $2,000 to NorthKey Community Care
  • $2,000 to Go Pantry
  • $4,000 to Life Learning Center
  • $2,000 to Diocesan Catholic Children's Home Center for Children and Families
  • $1,000 to Great Smokey Mountains Heritage Center
  • $1,000 to West Virginia Mine Wars Museum
  • $2,000 to Samaritan Car Care Clinic
  • $1,000 to Neighborhood Allies
  • $1,000 Winton Place Youth Center
  • $2,000 for printing, production, and display of AI and original artwork inspired by Newport's Southgate Street School, East Row Historic District, and the Westside Citizens Coalition



"I think it's important to note that the Mayerson Project truly
helps encourage philanthropy and what it means to give back."

"It helped me feel more active in my community and increased my
desire to help others."

"What satisfied me is the ability to work physically with the
charities to learn more about them."

"I love this project and hope that I can be part of something
similar in the future."


"This was an amazing experience to learn more about organizations I
never would have found on my own. It was inspiring and I'm so glad I was able
to participate."

"I have obtained a greater understanding of how and why non-profit organizations are vital to our world and how they should be supported."

"Through the Mayerson Project, I was able to involve my coursework with a community outside of campus."

"I am proud of the work my group and I were able to do and I feel like my effort and time was worth it."


"Honestly, I learned the importance in putting effort to make something you are proud of.  Our professor allowed us to decide what we wanted to do, how we were going to do it, and the timeline of our project.  We the students had complete control over that."