NKU's Mayerson Student Philanthropy Project

In Spring 2016, the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program's Resource Acquisition and Management (PAD 621) class was fortunate to take part in NKU's Mayerson Student Philanthropy Project.  The class partnered with two major funders in the region: ArtsWave and the Duke Energy Foundation. Half of the students worked on the "direct giving" model for which ArtsWave entrusted them with $2,000 to invest in nonprofit organizations providing arts programming in Northern Kentucky. These students searched for organizations, invited them to complete grant applications, and ultimately selected two of them for a $1,000 grant each.

The other half of students worked on the "indirect giving" model with the Duke Energy Foundation. These students had the unique and enlightening experience of reviewing real grant applications submitted to Duke by nonprofits with funding requests ranging from $10,000 to $250,000 (over multiple years).  The students assessed these applications and presented their findings and observations to a funding committee at Duke's offices in downtown Cincinnati (pictured below).

For more information, contact the MPA program directly:

134 Landrum Academic Center
Northern Kentucky University
Highland Heights, KY 41099

Phone: 859-572-5326
Email: gishm@nku.edu

Office Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday
Friday: By appointment


Duke energy board room
MPA student outside Duke Energy

The Mayerson Student Philanthropy Project is operated by the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement at NKU. The Master of Public Administration program is one of 10 participating programs this semester - Spring 2016.