Center offers grants to nonprofit organizations

The Center for Nonprofit Leadership at Youngstown State University, housed in the Williamson College of Business Administration, is announcing the availability of grant funding through the “Pay It Forward: Strengthening Communities through Student-Led Philanthropy Initiative.”

The initiative helps students learn how to be engaged citizens and to understand the important role philanthropy plays in the health of local communities.

“This project continues to engage our business majors and nonprofit leadership students in professional development opportunities with the nonprofit community,” said Laura McCaskey of the YSU Center for Nonprofit Leadership.

The Center received funding from Ohio Campus Compact/Learn and Serve America to add a philanthropy component to the Nonprofit Community Service course in spring semester 2012. Students in the class have $2,000 to award to up to two regional nonprofit organizations.  Organizations operating in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties are eligible to receive funding. Applications are now available. All applications must be received by 5:00pm on Friday, March 9, to be eligible for funding.

Students have decided to focus funding decisions on programs/projects that fit into these categories: Arts & Culture, Neighborhood Revitalization, and Youth Development.

YSU students also participated in the Pay It Forward Initiative during the spring semester of 2010 and 2011. In total, students have awarded more than $27,000 to regional nonprofit organizations and performed more than 2,700 hours of community service. Students enrolled in Pay It Forward courses are required to perform 15 hours of community service.

This initiative is made possible through Ohio Campus Compact, in partnership with Kentucky Campus Compact and Michigan Campus Compact.  Funding for Pay It Forward is made possible through the Corporation for National and Community Service (Learn and Serve America Higher Education) and Ohio Campus Compact.

The YSU Center for Nonprofit Leadership offers a certificate/designation and a minor in Nonprofit Management and Leadership, which can be combined with any major on campus.

For more information, contact Laura McCaskey at 330-941-1870 or

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