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Matt Cronin (middle) presents a check to members of THRIVE,
Alex Rozek (left), president of the Learning by Giving Foundation, speaks with UMW President Richard Hurley.
BY LINDLEY ESTES
The University of Mary Washington's philanthropy class presented more than $10,000 in grants Monday to three local nonprofit organizations.
Receiving the grants were the Lloyd F. Moss Free Clinic, Serenity Home of Fredericksburg and THRIVE, The Healing Center.
But those in UMW's Jepson Alumni Executive Center ballroom for the check presentations were not the only ones watching.
The check presentations were to be broadcast by Google's interactive video feature Hangout and recorded for use by the other 30 philanthropy courses at various U.S. universities.
The checks came from The Learning by Giving Foundation of philanthropist Doris Buffett, who sponsors the class.
Alex Buffett Rozek, Buffett's grandson and president of the Learning by Giving Foundation, said the broadcast was the foundation's first step in using technology in education to "expand the classroom beyond traditional walls."
He said the organization does not want to be large, impersonal or bureaucratic and, as it grows, technology is how it will keep from becoming an overbearing institution.
This is the eighth year the school has held the class, but the first that students have raised money independently of a $10,000 donation from the Learning by Giving Foundation.
Chelsea Lehew, the class member who headed the fundraising, said she and her classmates wanted to further the impact of the grant.
They sponsored a bake sale and sold Christmas ornaments to raise about $600 in additional funds.
Matt Cronin, another class member who led the evaluation committee, handed out the checks to the nonprofit organizations.
He said choosing which groups to give to were difficult decisions, and that the choices came down to the details of the grant proposals.
"It was interesting seeing how organizations that give out grants work," Cronin said. The Lloyd F. Moss Free Clinic received $3,087 to purchase medical equipment
"Funding from UMW's philanthropy class will help provide access to essential services, including annual pap smears, for hundreds of low-income, uninsured women," Karen Dulaney, the clinic's executive director, said in a statement.
Serenity Home of Fredericksburg, which offers residential substance-abuse services for men, received $5,113 to refurbish bedrooms.
Director Marleen McCary said that recovery has a lot to do with self-esteem and being in a place that encourages it is important.
She said the grant was important to the survival of the organization.
"We were coming down to the wire and our funding was running out," McCary said.
THRIVE, The Healing Center, provides health and wellness services for women. It received $2,400 for employment training programs.
Last year, student awarded $10,000 to the Lloyd F. Moss Free Clinic, Rappahannock Legal Services and Stafford Junction.
Lindley Estes: 540/735-1976