Honors Philanthropy Class Students Advocate for Nonprofit at National Conference

July 6, 2016

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Blair Guilfoile, Dr. Ron Pitcock and Maddie Reddick

TCU graduate and Honors Laureate Maddie Reddick (‘16) and Honors senior Blair Guilfoile represented TCU, the John V. Roach Honors College and the nonprofit Educational First Steps at the Philanthropy Lab National conference held during the final week of June.

GroupThe conference, which took place at the Omni Hotel in Dallas over the course of three days, brought together representatives from 13 schools where courses sponsored by The Philanthropy Lab are taught. Students and recent alumni from Baylor, Northwestern, Stanford, Texas A&M, Tulane, UCLA, University of Chicago, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, University of Texas, University of Virginia, Vanderbilt and TCU participated in the conference.

Representatives from each university advocated for a nonprofit nominated by their respective classes. The goal of the conference was for representatives to learn more about giving and participate in debates that led to granting four $25,000 grants.

blair maddie presentingBased on their work in the Spring 2016 Nature of Giving Honors Colloquium, Maddie and Blair advocated for Educational First Steps, a nonprofit that transforms existing daycare centers in at-risk neighborhoods into nationally accredited preschools. EFS was one of the six organizations TCU’s Nature of Giving class allocated grant money for during the spring semester.

After an evening dinner at the Nasher Sculpture Center, students quickly got to work on the second day by discussing at length what qualities were needed in organizations they desired to support. Each school had prepared a four-minute presentation about their nominated nonprofit and project. Students then were allowed time to lay out pros, cons, and questions for each nonprofit. Eventually, students voted to push nonprofits to the final round of deliberations. EFS was chosen as one of six finalists.

The next day participants discussed final options and laid everything out on the table, weighing the merits of each organization. Ultimately conference participants chose give $25,000 grants to EFS, Operation Access (nominated by Stanford’s representatives), Philadelphia Education Fund (nominated by the University of Pennsylvania representatives), and the Nashville International Center for Empowerment (nominated by Vanderbilt’s representatives). Maddie at computer

In addition to the $25,000 grant from The Philanthropy Lab, Maddie and Blair also helped secure a match grant from the Sid Richardson Foundation. With the combination of the gift from the Spring 2016 Nature of Giving Honors Colloquium ($28,500), TCU Honors students have helped secure over $78,000 for EFS in the past six months.

TCU is pleased to partner with the Philanthropy Lab. The primary goal of the Philanthropy Lab is to ignite students’ interest and participation in philanthropy. The initiative engages college students in philanthropy by giving them the tangible responsibility of directing real money to nonprofit organizations in the context of full-credit undergraduate courses.

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