WCBA students “Pay It Forward”

The Center for Nonprofit Leadership at Youngstown State University, housed in the Williamson College of Business Administration, is once again making grant funding available 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 – while meeting course-specific goals. The initiative addresses critical economic needs in the Mahoning Valley through student-led grant making and volunteerism.

This is the second year funding is available due to student fundraising efforts to sustain this initiative on campus.

The students in the Nonprofit Community Service class will have $2,000 to award one or two regional nonprofit organizations in the spring of 2014. Organizations operating in the counties of Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana are eligible to receive funding.

This spring the students have decided to focus funding decisions on programs/projects that fit into these categories:

  • Adult Education/Skill Development
  • Urban Development Revitalization
  • Veteran Outreach

YSU students also participated in the Pay It Forward initiative during the spring semester of 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. In total, participating students have awarded more $31,000 to regional nonprofit organizations and performed more than 3,000 hours of community service. Students enrolled in Pay It Forward courses are required to perform 15 hours of community service.

This project continues to engage business majors and nonprofit leadership students in professional development opportunities with the nonprofit community and fulfills the mission of the WCBA: to prepare undergraduate and graduate students to be leaders in businesses, organizations and society. The Center for Nonprofit Leadership offers a certificate and a minor in Nonprofit Leadership, which can be combined with any major on campus.

All applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 14, 2014.

For more information on the Pay It Forward Initiative or YSU’s Center for Nonprofit Leadership, contact Laura (McCaskey) Dewberry at 330-941-1870 or LJMcCaskey@ysu.edu.