University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Business students take on philanthropy firsthand in the Leading People and Projects (MNGT 411) course, commonly referred to as “Strive to Thrive Lincoln.” Students in the course spend the semester learning more about nonprofits and philanthropy while simultaneously working together to allocate two $5,000 grants for two local nonprofits – made possible due to the generous donations of Rhonda Seacrest and the Learning by Giving Foundation. The course not only provides a chance for students to serve their community, but also learn more about business and gain real-world experience in a unique learning opportunity.
9/20/21 – Strive to Thrive: Engaging in our Community Through Service Projects
We, the students of MNGT 411: Leading People and Projects, are back another week. This week, we are introducing the community engagement group. As a group, they have organized 10 service projects through different nonprofits for us to get involved in throughout the semester. Below we have highlighted two of these organizations:
Friendship Home is an organization that supports, shelters, and advocates for victims of domestic violence and their children. They offer crisis services, emergency housing and transitional housing for the victims. Friendship Home has been aiding the lives of these survivors for more than 40 years now. Our class is honored to be working with an organization such as Friendship home.
Clinic With a Heart (CWH) is a faith-inspired organization, that serves people who are uninsured and underinsured through a ministry of healthcare. The organization has been helping people with their healthcare since 2003. Their volunteers provide free healthcare with hospitality, dignity and grace. Our volunteers will be interviewing patients to share on CWH brochures, testimonials and website.
If you are interested in getting involved or learning more about these organizations, you can contact them through their websites or reach out to the Strive to Thrive Lincoln class. According to Merriam-Webster, a philanthropist is simply “one who makes an active effort to promote human welfare.” We can all be philanthropists in our own way, and we encourage you to participate.
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To learn more about the two nonprofits featured in this blog, please visit their websites below.
Friendship Home: https://friendshiphome.org/
Clinic With a Heart: https://www.clinicwithaheart.org/
9/13/21 – Strive to Thrive: 49 Huskers Ready to Become Philanthropists
Hello, Nebraska Business world!
We are the students of MNGT 411: Leading People and Projects. This course focuses on empowering us to become philanthropists, educating us on how to lead teams and manage projects and engaging us in how to be involved in community organizations and initiatives.
In the first week, we read a Times article written by Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, that stated, “while many of our efforts are good and righteous, the supply of charitable giving cannot possibly keep pace with the demand for it.”
Philanthropy and charitable-giving are powerful tools, yet our world’s system is what causes them to be required. How would the world look if we all became philanthropists, worked to meet the needs of those less privileged, and focused on creating systematic change that leads to sustainable solutions? That’s what we’re about to learn, and we hope you’ll learn something too.
Ethan Carlson, senior management major from Norfolk, Nebraska, says a takeaway for him so far was when guest speaker Dr. Jim Croft, ’04, a principal consultant at JW Croft Consulting Group, asserted that NPO’s (nonprofit organizations) exist for society, and in a way, are owned by society. Croft visited class on 9/8 via Zoom to provide an overview of NPO’s.
“That’s a new way of viewing nonprofits to me. When viewed as owned by society, it puts a new level of responsibility and accountability on nonprofits I had not realized,” said Carlson.
Throughout this year, we will visit NPO’s in-person to learn about their mission and services, conduct community service projects with a variety of NPO’s across Lincoln, execute a fundraising drive for a Lincoln NPO, and finally distribute $10,000 in funds to two Lincoln NPO’s.
Follow along as we, the Publicity Group, post updates each week on the class’s journey to become philanthropists. See you next week!