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News Release

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Dec. 21, 2007

UNC students learn about philanthropy and award grants to local groups

Eleven students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill spent the past semester learning about philanthropy and the nonprofit sector and how to promote change in local communities through financial support. These students are taking part in “Promoting Change Through the Nonprofit Sector,” a course offered by the Carolina Center for Public Service’s Public Service Scholars program. Made possible by Helen’s Fund, at the Fund for Southern Communities, this class allows students to learn about the nonprofit sector from the grant-making side. Students designed grant criteria, solicited grant proposals and eventually decided to award grants to two nonprofits focusing on health and education.

The two recipients of the $1,250 grants were Pa’lante and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Pa’lante is an organization of Latin American immigrant teens dedicated to helping the Hispanic community in Orange County. Pa’lante’s grant will support their outreach events, such as Radio Pa’lante, Noche de Estrellas and a regional Latino youth summit, and publications, including Pa’lante magazine. At Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, the Friend to Friend; Making a Difference project will incorporate health education programming, including proper nutrition, the importance of physical activity and early detection of breast cancer, into the biweekly meetings of Mujer a Mujer, a support group of Latino women with a focus on increasing self-esteem and independence. 

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