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2012.04.23 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

UNO Students Give $10,000 to Local Non-Profits April 24

Omaha - A class focusing on philanthropy at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will be providing a combined $10,000 in funding to two Omaha charities with money donated from Doris Buffett’s Learning by Giving Foundation.

A formal presentation of the money, given to Whispering Roots and InCommon Community Development by UNO’s Philanthropy and Democracy course, will take place on Tuesday, April 24 at 3 p.m. at InCommon headquarters, located at 1258 S. 13th St.

The course, led by Angie Eikenberry, associate professor of public administration, and Sara Woods, associate dean of UNO’s College of Public Affairs and Community Service, helps teach students the importance of non-profit funding and philanthropic management.

The Learning by Giving Foundation was created in the summer of 2011 following the success of the program by the same name within Buffett’s Sunshine Lady Foundation. Ten undergraduates and three graduate students researched community needs and identified nonprofit organizations addressing these needs before determining the grant recipients.

Whispering Roots, which will be given $6,000, provides fresh, locally grown and healthy food options for socially and economically disadvantaged communities through the use of aquaponics, hydroponics and urban farming. The funds will be used to purchase additional aquaponic and hydroponic systems.

InCommon Community Development, which will be given $4,000, addresses poverty at the root level through empowering residents to transform their own communities. The funding will be used to provide support for the creation of a community center in the Park Avenue neighborhood.

For questions about the course or Tuesday’s event, contact Sara Woods at 402. 554.3914 or by email at swoods@unomaha.edu.

Philanthropy and Democracy Partners

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