Friday, May 5, 2017

Our $10,000 Grant Celebration Event!

We are so excited to share our celebration event with you where we granted our $10,000 to Curative Connections!

Having the power in our hands was something new to us as students, however, we also had a huge decision to make. We were lucky enough to have five proposals to look at and we narrowed it down to our three finalists. These three exemplified awesome work in our community and especially with our two main focuses: arts & the elderly. The choice was not an easy one. We were so thrilled with how our event turned out. We had an amazing musical performance by three of our very own classmates as well as a few short speeches from both professors and students. After announcing our recipient and taking a few photos, we all got to take a relaxed breath of air. We are so thankful for this opportunity and know that there is nothing quite like this class. Thank you so much to the Learning By Giving Foundation, UWGB, our professor Dr. Warner, Curative Connections, and all of our class. We hope this is a semester full of memories that won’t be forgotten.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Three Finalists - Site Visits

Hello philanthropy lovers, we have exciting news to share!

We have been working for the past few months learning the strategic process and we finally got to put some of the knowledge we’ve gained to work. We had 5 proposals to review, five different organizations that replied to our RFP! The discussion to narrow the options down to three was a difficult one. We really had to take a deeper look into what we expected out of our grant money, our target audience and key cause.

The NWTC Artisan Center in corroboration with the Green Bay Aging and Disability Resources Center was one of our grant proposal finalists! We visited the NWTC Artisan Center on April 17th, 2017. We felt very comfortable as soon as we entered their facility and got to see the many different art mediums offered. If the organizations in collaboration receive the grant from our class, they plan to implement a curriculum at the St Norbert's College that incorporates communication between students and home-bound older members of the community. The course will teach students on how to effectively communicate and break down social stigmas related to aging. The result of the “Maymester” course would be creation of an art piece that tells the older adults’ stories in an innovative way that would spark conversation about authentic arts and true communication throughout the community.

The ARTGarage was one of our three finalists! We visited their location on April 19th, 2017. What a great set of buildings they have to offer some awesome opportunities to the Green Bay area! I think that all of us were very happy to be welcomed in with such enthusiasm. The mission of the ARTGarage is as follows: to encourage an appreciation for and participation in the visual, performing and literary arts. We believe that the ARTGarage has a lot of opportunity to help our community develop in a positive and artistic way, which their proposal showcased. We were also very excited to learn more about this local nonprofit during our site visit. There is a lot of space to offer programs for a wide variety of skill sets, ages, and art mediums to be utilized for expression.

Curative Connections of Green Bay was also a finalist!  Our class visited their location on April 24, 2017.  We were extremely impressed with their large facility and friendly staff.  After a quick tour, we were able to sit down with the program directors to hear more about how the $10,000 grant would benefit them.  We learned that Curative Connections has been providing service to seniors for the past 50 years.  Mostly focusing on people who have disabilities that are affecting their ability to live as independently as they would like to live. They especially focus on people with dementia and the families and caregivers that are part of their lives.  If they were to receive the grant they would put the money towards an activity specialist position who would focus on bringing more art into their multiple programs.  It would also give them the opportunity to buy art supplies and hire artists to teach classes.  We were also excited to hear that they would be connecting with local schools, so students could build relationships with the older adults in their programs.

Meet The Class Monday #8!

Happy #MeetTheClassMonday, we hope you enjoy this first day of May!

Stay tuned this week for a very exciting blog post highlighting our top three options for our grant-recipient. We were lucky enough to be able to make a site-visit with each organization and learn more about their proposal ideas.

Friday, April 21, 2017

One in a Million

Happy Friday!

This post is going to be short and sweet, highlighting the fact that we are ONE of 43 colleges around the country who get to benefit from this amazing opportunity! We are the only public university in Wisconsin who gets to coordinate with the #LearningByGiving foundation and grant $10,000 dollars to a nonprofit organization of OUR choosing. Fourteen students from UWGB’s 6500 students this year get to journey the strategic process and make a difference in the Green Bay community! Utilize this link to see all 43:

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Sunday-Funday! Blog Post by Dr. Warner

Happy Easter Everyone! Dr. Warner has written a great blog post for us today, enjoy!

We all know a family touched by dementia or Alzheimer’s and how many things can change in their lives. A good friend of ours has been affected by a form of dementia and through her experience and that of her family, we have learned about everyday life with this kind of condition. I want my friend to be happy and stay healthy through this. What can be done to slow the progression of the disease? How do you help her to continue having an interesting quality of life, not simply sitting home watching TV or simply just sitting? How can she continue to engage with friends and family?
Participating in the arts is one thing that can help all people as they age. There’s growing recognition that music, painting, drama, storytelling, dance, and other creative pursuits not only can help stimulate children’s brains, but has benefits for those experiencing dementia. Engaging in various art forms can stimulate the brain, encourage social interaction, and in many cases, bring back moments of joy to someone’s life, sometimes slowing the decline that inevitably occurs.

I am proud of my class for choosing to donate this year’s grant of $10,000 to a project that increases the opportunities for older adults (not just those with dementia) to engage in the arts. I am proud of their empathy and their wisdom to bring this issue to the community’s attention. With a growing number of older adults aging in our community, this is our job. As John McFadden of the Fox Valley Memory Project stated, “A flourishing community seeks to honor, value, and include all of its members in a common life. It actively seeks creative improvements in a shared life because it understands that meeting the needs of the most vulnerable and dependent members cannot be separated from its own.”

Learning By Giving Foundation

To find out more about the grant we have the opportunity to utilize, check out the Learning By Giving Foundation website here: