The End!

Well, we finally did it! Last week Thursday, we finally revealed the winner of our $10,000 grant, the Family Services Transitional Living program!

We had a great event where students shared stories about their experiences, we played a video that was made by a few of our classmates and we were able to hand over the big check. We were also lucky enough to have Fox 11 news station there to document the occasion. You can check out the video and article here: http://fox11online.com/2015/05/09/uwgb-students-learn-art-of-giving-with-real-life-cash/

Thank you so much for everyone who has kept up with this blog throughout the semester. It truly has been a very rewarding experience and we can’t wait to see what happens with next year’s class!

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We’re Famous!

Thanks to one of our wonderful classmates, Laura Schley, we were able to get an article about our class and event in the local newspaper, the Green Bay Press Gazette! This is very exciting for our class because we want this project to be very visible and hopefully get more organizations and students involved as time goes on.

Don’t forget that our event is tomorrow, Thursday May 7th at 4 pm in the Christie Theatre on the UWGB campus. This is where we will be giving one lucky organization $10,000 and we are very excited for this opportunity!

Here is the link to our article so check that out and we hope to see you at the event tomorrow afternoon! http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/local/2015/05/01/uwgb-students-celebrate-giving-project/26726701/

It’s Going to be a Close One…

Last week, we cast our votes to decide which local organization will be awarded the $10,000 grant from our strategic philanthropy class. Our wonderful T.A. Ben was given the task of tallying the final votes! Come to UWGB’s Christie Theater at 4:00 pm on Thursday, May 7th to see which organization will be awarded this grant, what their projects are, and learn more about the finalists.Read more about them below!

American Foundation of Counseling Services’ Camp K.A.R.E.

http://www.afcscounseling.org/pdfs/campKare.pdf

Family Services of Northeastern Wisconsin  

http://www.familyservicesnew.org/programs-all.pdf

House of Hope

http://www.houseofhopegb.org/id1.html

The Process of Advocacy

Advocacy is known as a process that an individual or group uses to influence societal institutions. In a more simplistic explanation, the art of advocacy and its importance, represents the amount of various activities we have performed throughout the semester in this class. For example, contacting nonprofits, creating RFP’s, interpreting proposal applications, physically touring sites and using the media to broadcast our purpose. The art of advocacy is a proactive approach and can be applied to every day life, in terms of working towards your goals. The simple act of volunteering and showing your devotion towards a particular issue is extremely beneficial for you and your cause.

As we near the conclusion of this class, it is interesting to reflect on the forms of advocacy we have performed. There was a lot of work performed behind the scenes throughout this process, which reiterates the sense of pride we take in being a part of this unique opportunity. The decision making and conflict resolution among our class members has all led up to our outstanding sense of accomplishment. We hope to inspire new advocates to take that first initial step in becoming a strategic philanthropist and community activist in the future.

Our Green Bay Press Gazette Article!

After a long and successful semester of collaboration with various non profits, our class was featured in a news article by the Green Bay Press Gazette. The timing of this piece is special, due to our end of the year grant award ceremony. Our event will be held at 4:00 pm this Thursday at the Christie Theater. We hope the community can attened to help bring awareness to the issues and successes this community has experienced. This class has provided invaluable experience through engaging the public and understanding the needs of our community. 

             For this reason, some of our students will be speaking at the seminar on what this class has meant to them and why we encourage future students to partake in this opportunity. Overall this class has been a great success and we look forward to being a part of this special upcoming event. 
GB Press Gazzet Link:

http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/local/2015/05/01/uwgb-students-celebrate-giving-project/26726701/

Meet Gina!

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Gina Paulson was a member of the Advocacy for the Arts group in our class. We asked her a few questions to get to know her and her cause better!

what is your major and year in school?
I am a Senior studying Arts Management and Corporate Communication.

Why are you passionate about this topic?
I am passionate about the arts as I have always been involved in them in some way throughout my life. In high school, I was involved in choir, show choir, musicals, yearbook, and photography. I have seen the therapeutic aspects that the arts can provide. When deciding on my studies at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, I was intrigued by a class called “Arts in the Community”. I learned about other benefits that the arts can provide for communities and individuals alike. It was this class that influenced me to become an Arts Management major, because I want to spread the good of the arts to others.

What is the most compelling statistic you found for arts advocacy?
Though I do not remember the exact numbers, I interviewed Kate Green, executive director of the Weidner Center, and her comments about the lack of school funding for the arts were very intriguing. She stated that many schools only get a few hundred dollars for their art budget for the whole year. This is the reason for needing for supplementary programs provided by arts not-for-profits. Many people do not realize these facts and see the arts as being an “extra” or an “add-on” when in reality they can be an outlet for children and even help to raise test scores.

What has been your favorite part of class so far?
My favorite class has been learning about the process of grant-giving. I had participated in mock grant writing in other class, but it is really beneficial to see granting from the other side.

Meeting the Organizations

Over the past few weeks, our class has been very busy meeting with our three finalist organizations: American Foundation of Counseling Services, Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin and House of Hope. All three had fantastic proposals and we were very excited to be able to meet the people behind the projects.

AFCS was the first we met with when they joined us in class for a presentation on their Kamp Kare program. This summer program serves foster youth ages 9 to 17 and helps them to learn the skills essential to life after being in foster care including job applications, how to rent an apartment, how to budget their money, etc.

Second, our class took a trip to visit the Family Services drop-in site for their Transitional Living program. For this proposal, Family Services is requesting money to cover the rent payments that they make for previously homeless youth, which is something that many of their grants will not fund. The drop-in site is a place where these youth come to meet with case managers, do laundry, get help with job applications, and just socialize and enjoy themselves.

Finally, our class visited with House of Hope which is a homeless shelter for women ages 18-24 with children. Their proposal is asking us to help fund a new program that they are working on that provides job training to these women and partners with local companies that will then hire them on an on-call basis, which could eventually lead to a permanent job.

All three of these visits were incredibly eye-opening on the issue of homelessness among youth in our community. We are excited to have a great class discussion and decide exactly where our money is going in the coming days!