Tuesday, December 20, 2011

School of Education class gives $50,000 to non-profits

Tags: burkhardt, community engagement


As part of a gift designed to teach students the principles of philanthropy through practical experience, the students in John Burkhardt's Education 769: Philanthropy and Higher Education course have been given a $50,000 gift by a donor who wishes for to remain anonymous but is from the Once Upon a Time Foundation located in Texas. The class chose to donate the money to two non-profit organizations in southeast Michigan, The Youth Connection and Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit. Each organization will receive $25,000.

Once the details of the donation were worked out with the University of Michigan, Burkhardt's class began working on the mission and goals for the gift. After creating a philosophical framework, the class decided the money would go to an organization in southeast Michigan (Wayne, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Livingston counties) that helps local and underserved youth thrive through education- and health/wellness- related programs.

This goal and intended organization type were arrived at from many class discussions and written assignments. 

John Burkhardt is a clinical professor at the School of Education and director of the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good.

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