Benefits for Community Partners
For community partners, participating in the Maverick Philanthropy Initiative means working together with UNO faculty members and the Service Learning Academy to educate future leaders and practice philanthropic giving.
- Be given an opportunity to expand your organization’s operations and mission through the contributions of students
- Build community connections through student engagement, strengthening communities
- Help community members value youth as contributors
- Receive project recognition through social media
- Upon the final vote of students, selected community partners receive a $1,000 grant to support their identified need
By applying for the Maverick Philanthropy Initiative, your organization will have the opportunity to receive increased exposure on its mission and funding needs and help students become invested in their community (civic attitudes).
Interested Community Partners
The UNO Service Learning Academy (SLA) is seeking local nonprofit organizations interested in collaborating with UNO courses to enhance student learning and promote community engagement through a student philanthropy model. If you are interested in the initiative and would like to learn more, please fill out this contact form and an SLA staff member will connect with you.
CMST 1110 – Public Speaking Fundamentals Course
The SLA is seeking local nonprofit organizations interested in collaborating with college students enrolled in CMST 1110 service learning courses to develop their public speaking and civic engagement skills through a student philanthropy model. Below, you will see what community partner participation entails for this course.
Step 1: Apply to Participate
- Eligible organizations must be registered as an official 501(c)3 and provide their Federal ID Number.
- Fill out the Community Partner Interest Form.
- To apply to participate in Fall 2020 classes, please submit your Community Partner Interest Form by Monday, September 14, 2020.
- The information provided in the Community Partner Interest Form will help students identify which organization best fits their interests and learning goals for their assignment. Not all organizations that submit an interest form will be selected to participate.
Step 2: Selection Process
- The UNO SLA compiles a list of community partners for students to choose from, where the students have the opportunity to match their interests and passion with community action.
- Please note that opportunities are limited to the number of courses and students and may differ each semester.
- After the deadline to submit an interest form has passed, the UNO Service Learning Academy will provide continuous progress updates to the organizations that submitted an application.
- Organizations will be notified of whether or not they were selected by a student group interested in advocating for the organization through their service learning assignment. For the full list of project stages from interest form submission to students’ selection of organization to final grant allocation, see the project timeline.
Step 3: Working with UNO
Students work individually or in dyads to select an organization and develop a 6-8 minute persuasive speech based on their selected organization’s intended use of funding to captivate the interest of their classmates. The project concludes with students in each course section voting on their choice of the most persuasive speech. The nonprofit organizations represented in the winning speeches will be awarded a $1,000 grant.
The project timeline can be adapted to other UNO course disciplines. Download more information about project timelines.