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In Spring of 2023, students enrolled in Volunteerism and Philanthropy (40.834.404.01) at Rutgers University-Newark were provided with funds ($5,000) as part of an experiential philanthropy initiative supported by a generous grant from the Learning by Giving Foundation. These students were responsible for directing and producing short films about a cause and a local nonprofit organization they cared about. They were, then, responsible for awarding funds to the organization they believed was making an important difference in the community. They selected the nonprofit Brothers Building a Better Nation (the last video in the compilation below) as the organization to award the funding to. The mission of Brothers Building a Better Nation is to empower young men of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) backgrounds, aged 16 to 19, in Newark, New Jersey by reducing the risks of self-harm and incarceration.
*Note: These videos are intended for educational purposes only and not intended for distribution.
Spring 2023 Student Feedback
"Want I found to be really impactful was the inclusion of individual, personal stories of people, in class. I felt that it highlighted the meaningfulness and reality of what charitable actions can really do. Stories like Biddy Mason and of the Black CEO of the Ford Foundation, stories like that give hope and inspiration to current students of human service and philanthropy. Topics that discussed the industrial complexes in this country introduced me to some of the ugly, corrupt practices that the federal government glosses over, letting the most vulnerable communities be affected. Information like that got a rise from me... I like learning these topics in class because I like having an open mind about social issues and also being socially aware."
"This semester, I learned a lot about social problems and the importance of nonprofit organizations and philanthropy. Personally, I believe the most significant thing I learned was how important collaboration is when it comes to addressing social problems. Working with my group to learn about the issue, choose an organization, and develop a video showed how working together was necessary to help out a cause."
This semester was academically challenging for me since I was going through a lot of personal problems but I learned that during times of crisis, there is strength in community."
Spring 2023 Volunteerism and Philanthropy (40.834.404.01) Film Showcase. Students part of the group that produced the film for the nonprofit selected to receive the $5,000 donation.