NEWARK, Ohio, April 26, 2017 – How do we encourage future philanthropists in our colleges and universities? Ohio Campus Compact's Pay it Forward (PIF) initiative is developing a new generation of philanthropists through a service-learning program that is innovative and engages Ohio college students in hands-on philanthropy, grant-making and volunteer service. During the spring 2017 semester, Ohio Campus Compact supported six courses at Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) and The Ohio State University at Newark through funding from the Licking County Foundation.
The COTC/Ohio State Newark joint Pay it Forward award ceremony and celebration will take place April 26 at 4 p.m. in room 126 of the John L. and Christine Warner Library and Student Center on the shared campus of COTC and Ohio State Newark. The event is free and open to the public.
PIF provides community nonprofits with much needed assistance during difficult economic times. Each course receives real dollars to award nonprofit agencies. Students typically provide volunteer service to local nonprofit agencies while simultaneously identifying community needs, establishing funding criteria and engaging in group decision-making as part of the course. Each participating course receives $2,000 to award up to four local 501(c)3 nonprofits as chosen by the class.
The Ohio Campus Compact is a statewide nonprofit coalition of 47 college and university presidents and their campuses working to promote and develop the civic purposes of higher education. The Pay It Forward program has been implemented in a variety of disciplines including: psychology, sociology, education, criminal justice, business, marketing, communications, accounting, art, English, medicine, public relations, urban studies, nursing, social work and economics.
Central Ohio Technical College and The Ohio State University at Newark have forged an outstanding array of educational opportunities for the central Ohio region and beyond. This partnership is viewed as a model for higher education in the state of Ohio. At Central Ohio Technical College, students gain hands-on, applicable experience to begin working in the field, or to transfer those credits toward a bachelor's degree program. The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that's challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State's more than 200 majors.