A management class in the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Business opened its call for applications from local nonprofit organizations focused on bringing long-term stability and wellness to children and families in need through enrichment and educational opportunities within Lincoln and Lancaster County. Selected organizations could receive as much as $10,000 in funding.
The senior-level class, Leading People and Projects (MNGT 411), provides a funding opportunity for groups to make a positive difference in the Lincoln area as students gather knowledge of philanthropy through the project known as Strive to Thrive Lincoln. Under the guidance of Dr. Amber Messersmith, lecturer in management at Nebraska, the class learns how to initiate a funding process, create a grant application, evaluate applications and make decisions on providing grants for community betterment.
“This course is integral in our curriculum as it teaches our students the role of nonprofits in a community and the importance of giving back,” said Dr. Kathy Farrell, James Jr. and Susan Stuart Endowed Dean of the College of Business.
Funding from Rhonda Seacrest and the Learning by Giving Foundation enabled the college to offer the grants this semester. Seacrest believes the class gives students an experience unique to any other.
“I’m a strong believer in leading by doing,” said Seacrest. “This course allows students to learn about the mission and goals of area nonprofits, to get a better understanding about what they do and who they serve and to award funds that directly impact the community.”
Local nonprofit organizations can apply by 5 p.m. Friday, October 11, for awards of at least $2,000, up to $10,000. Grant recipients will be announced at a public reception Wednesday, December 4, 4-5 p.m. in Howard L. Hawks Hall.
Organizations must have 501(c)(3) status and propose a project consistent with their mission and the mission of Strive to Thrive Lincoln. Within the application, organizations must provide their most recent Form 990 and IRS letter, submit a spreadsheet outlining their organizational and project budgets, give brief descriptions of their organization and its relevant achievements, and outline the proposed project along with how it aligns with their mission and goals.
To learn more about Strive to Thrive Lincoln or to apply, visit: https://business.unl.edu/strivetothrive