June 4, 2018
SEATTLE – On Tuesday, June 5th, five Global Washington member non-profits will be recognized by University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce and receive grants for their global programs, ranging from $5,000 to $25,000.
The grant-making is part of a new course on philanthropy for social impact through the UW Department of Law, Societies, and Justice. In partnership with Global Washington, the course is designed to bring global giving to the forefront of student learning.
“Partnering with the University of Washington on a course like this aligns well with our mission,” said Kristen Dailey, executive director of Global Washington. “We look for ways to strengthen our members so that they can have a greater impact in the world. We also connect donors with non-profits based here in our state that are doing important global work.”
After studying various giving approaches, and hearing from a philanthropic advisor at The Seattle Foundation, the students received hands-on experience by evaluating proposals from 22 Global Washington member non-profits in the areas of education, food security, global health, human rights and democracy, and refugee crises.
Spreeha, which is responding to the Rohinga refugee crisis in Bangladesh, received the largest grant award of $25,000. Mavuno, an organization that supports local leaders in eastern Congo, received $10,000. Other GlobalWA members, including Malaria No More, Extend the Day, and Rwanda Girls Initiative each received grants of $5,000.
Funding for the grants was provided by the Philanthropy Lab, a private foundation that is dedicated to increasing philanthropy education at U.S. universities.
“This course was designed to instill a lifelong commitment to responsible philanthropy that creates positive social change,” said Stephen Meyers, assistant professor in the UW Department of Law, Societies, and Justice. “Regardless of whether students go on to advise philanthropists directly, or even become philanthropists themselves, what they’ve learned in this course will make them more aware of the challenges of ‘doing good’ in the world, and the ways to make those efforts more sustainable.”
A giving ceremony to recognize the winning non-profits will be held on Tuesday, June 5th from 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the UW Husky Union Building. Speakers will include UW President, Ana Mari Cauce; The Philanthropy Lab Program Director, Cristina Desmond; and Global Washington Executive Director, Kristen Dailey.