A management class at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Business is now accepting applications from local nonprofit organizations to award up to $10,000. For the third year the students in the course call the effort Strive to Thrive Lincoln, and this year they selected to focus on nonprofits which prioritize the development of children.
This semester, the senior-level class, Leading People and Projects (Management 411), will provide a funding opportunity empowering organizations to make a positive difference in the Lincoln community as students gather knowledge of philanthropy through working with nonprofit organizations. Meanwhile, the class will learn how to initiate a funding process, create a grant application, evaluate applications and make decisions on providing grants for community betterment.
The course receives funding from the Learning by Giving Foundation in partnership with the college. One of more than 40 partner schools teaching philanthropy classes nationwide, students distribute Learning by Giving Foundation funds by evaluating applications from local nonprofit organizations to address those communities' greatest needs. The Nebraska effort specifically seeks to grant funds to organizations that empower people who prioritize the development of children in Lincoln and/or Lancaster County, with special consideration given to underrepresented groups.
Partnering with colleges and universities, and funded by a $5 million gift from Doris Buffett, the foundation provides, “a platform for students to become thoughtful and effective givers by making real dollar grants to nonprofit organizations in their local communities," according to board member Howard W. Buffett.
Local nonprofit organizations can apply by Friday, October 6 for awards of a minimum of $2,000 or up to $10,000. Organizations must have 501(c)3 status and propose a project consistent with the organization’s mission and within the mission of Strive to Thrive Lincoln. Within the application, organizations must provide their most recent Form 990 and IRS letter, 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: http://business.unl.edu/strivetothrive