Philanthropy Grant

Application Posted in Early February 2017

Students in the course are currently working on eligibility and criteria for the grant. More information about the grant, as well as the 2017 application form, will be posted on this site by February 6. Please check back then!

Learning by Giving Philanthropy Grant

Students enrolled in POL 381, "Philanthropy and the Nonprofit Sector," administer the philanthropy grant. The funding, totaling $10,000, was made available through the generosity of the Learning by Giving Foundation in order to promote student learning about effective and responsible philanthropy.

The grant money will be awarded to non-profit agencies which submit what the students judge to be the most promising project proposals. The grant thus has two equally important purposes:

  • Pedagogical, to promote student learning about grant writing, project proposals, and effective philanthropy.
  • Stewardship and service, to ensure that these funds are allocated to the most worthy project proposal generated in the broader community.

The students are responsible for all aspects of the grant, including determination of eligibility requirements, priorities and preferences, application procedures, and selection of grantee(s). Neither the Learning by Giving Foundation nor Davidson College plays any role in these deliberations.

The Grant

A total of $10,000 in grant money is available to eligible non-profit agencies through a competitive application process. Proposals must be from registered 501(c)(3) organizations in the greater Charlotte area (comprising the following 14 counties: Mecklenburg, Iredell, Gaston, Rowan, Union, Cabarrus, Lincoln, Stanley, Anson, Cleveland, York, Chester, Chesterfield, and Lancaster). The class welcomes projects operating in either rural or urban settings.

Preference will be given to projects or initiatives targeting priority human service needs and which empower the local community by encouraging ownership, responsibility, and sustainability. Both secular and faith-based organizations are welcome to apply, although proposals for projects with mainly proselytizing goals will not be considered. Proposals may request funds to launch a new project or to support an on-going one. The class may award all of the funds to a single applicant or split the funding between two or more recipients. No awards less than $2,000 will be made.

Application form

Available in early February 2017.


Application submissions are typically due by mid March, and applicants are notified of grant allocation decisions in early May. More details and exact dates will be posted in early February.

Contact information

Please email Prof. Menkhaus at Do not contact the Learning by Giving Foundation or Davidson College administration, as they have no direct role in the grant.

View past grant recipients (PDF).