Since 2008 students have used a consensus-based approach to manage all stages of the NS4G funding cycle from conducting needs assessments through making grant determinations. Their philanthropy is informed by coursework in human services and nonprofit management as well as many experiences working and volunteering in the nonprofit sector.
Northeastern Students4Giving (NS4G) is an experiential philanthropy education program, housed in the Human Services Program, that combines rigorous academic content with real-dollar grant making to:
- teach students about the socioeconomic role of the nonprofit sector and philanthropy in American society;
- foster leadership, strategic thinking, and innovation in the nonprofit sector and philanthropy;
- prepare students to think, work, and collaborate across sectors;
- promote a campus-wide culture of giving; and
- strengthen the relationship between students and the communities in which they live.
Students may participate in NS4G through multiple courses, and on- and off-campus engagement with nonprofit and philanthropy leaders in Boston. NS4G is advised by Program Director Rebecca Riccio and Human Services Director Lori Gardinier.
Past funding priorities have included youth violence, households at risk due to financial insecurity, positive youth development, post-incarceration reintegration, community mental health, and policy and advocacy.