$4,500 grant allows students to provide funding to local nonprofits

For a second consecutive school year, students from Marietta College’s McDonough Center for Leadership and Business will be conducting a philanthropy initiative, which is part of a three-state project.


Dr. Tanya Judd Pucella, Assistant Professor of Education and Leadership Studies, led the students last year in the Pay it Forward Project. This year she will work with the students in the same course (Leadership 401).

“The Pay it Forward Project was a huge success last year. It allowed our students to have a senior project that had a tremendous community impact, allowing the students to see the power of philanthropy and servant leadership,” Judd Pucella said. “In our first year we were able to distribute $4,500 in mini-grants to the Marietta Family YMCA, Wood County Habitat for Humanity and Washington County Harvest of Hope for a variety of organizational capacity needs.”


Karen Kumpf, Coordinator of Washington County’s Harvest of Hope, said the experience last year was a real eye opener.


“The Leadership students that I worked with taught me! Being a new NPO (Non-Profit Organization) with much to learn about policy, marketing, feasibility, fund raising, has been somewhat overwhelming, but the students were gentle with me, patient, sensitive, and genuinely interested in our ultimate success,” Kumpf said. “Their presentations for grant requests were well done and very professional. I really believe that the quality of their reports carried a lot of weight in the decision that the entire class made resulting in all four of the grants being approved.”


Judd Pucella said the $4,500 grant money they have received for 2010-11 will allow them to extend the impact to additional community agencies, as the students are able to utilize the various leadership skills they have learned in their time at the McDonough Center in a very real-world setting.


“This project will give us a wonderful opportunity to engage the students in philanthropy, while at the same time having a real impact in the community,” said Dr. Gama Perruci, Dean of McDonough. “This is real money and real agencies. It’s not a simulation. The students will have to make tough decisions about the best use of the money that they will distribute in the community.”