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Philanthropy class at Texas A&M teaches students to give back to community

This strategic philanthropy class is building leaders to lead in their communities.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — With the nation’s economy in an unstable state, it may be difficult for nonprofits to provide the resources that they normally do for the community.

The strategic philanthropy class at Texas A&M’s Mays Business School teaches students about giving back to the community.

“The outcome of the class is distributing thousands of dollars to local nonprofit organizations through the grant funding process, through that process, students learn about the power of generosity, philanthropy and what that looks like through certain physical piece, money that we distribute to the local nonprofits here in the Brazos Valley," said Mays Business School lecturer Kyle Gammenthaler.

This semester, the class gifted a total of 70 thousand dollars to ten local nonprofits.

The money these local nonprofits receive allows them to continue serving the community.

“The check we received for seven thousand dollars is exactly the price to purchase and prepare and maintain a reliable vehicle for a family in need and so this generous grant is going to allow us to come alongside another family here in the Brazos Valley and get a reliable vehicle to them and support," said OnRamp founder, Blake Jennings.

The United Way is no stranger to this grant. Last year, it helped with their baby bundles program, and this year, the organization is receiving 7500 dollars.

“It’s going to support our work surrounding the 211 center as well as for our general operations," said United Way CEO, Alison Price.

This strategic philanthropy class is building leaders to lead in their communities.

“They put a lot of work into figuring out who in our community is making a long term difference so we’re excited and we’re honored to be chosen by them and I think that it shows the work we’re doing is really making a difference for families here in our community," said Jennings

This class is made possible by local individuals and companies that sponsor the grants.

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