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Research Articles

Vol. 24 No. 3

Supporting Community Connections: Experiential Student Philanthropy and Engaged Learning in Social Work

August 3, 2020


Community engagement and philanthropic learning have gained traction in university settings as a method to help prepare students for both workplace competency and citizenship. Experiential student philanthropy is a learning method that offers students an opportunity to examine community and social issues and nonprofit organizations, while providing them with the unique opportunity to invest funding in nonprofit organizations. This study examined the impact of an experiential student philanthropy project in a graduate level social work course at Northern Kentucky University (NKU) through the use of a pretest and post-test among involved students. The results indicate that incorporation of the Mayerson Student Philanthropy Project (MSPP) with this class ultimately strengthened learning outcomes as related to both course engagement and community engagement.