Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Binghamton University's Philanthropy Incubator

As some of you know, last year Binghamton University received a grant from Campus Compact and the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund for students in the Public Administration and Social Work Departments to make grants to local nonprofits. The students are in the process of finalizing their RFP and it will be posted in the next week. Today's posting is a "heads up" that the RFP is coming!

The project is called the Philanthropy Incubator and students have used it as a way to strengthen collaborations between the University (particularly the College of Community and Public Affairs professional masters degree programs) and local nonprofits. The students will give away up to $12,000 to address small, non-recurring capital or programmatic needs. Grant applications will be evaluated in terms of their capacity to maximize the benefit they provide to applicant organizations. We anticipate making several grants ranging in value from $1,000-$4,000. To be eligible, eligible, organzations must have participated as an internship or field placement site for Binghamton University Public Administration or Social Work students in 2008 or 2009.

Applicants will be requested to fill out a short application form and provide a narrative; proposals will be due at the end of this month. I will post a link to the RFP in the next week for all those interested. In the meantime, should you have questions about the competition, please e-mail me at dcamp@binghamton.edu.

Best wishes,

David Campbell

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