The Wildwood Institute for Social Good and Community Leadership (ISGCL) continues their partnership with The SAM Initiative (Sustainability, Accountability, Movement), a giving circle that aims to drive social change through engaged philanthropy. Earlier in the school year, founder Mindy Freedman visited the Institute to speak about how the group functions.
In January, the students attended a meeting where four nonprofits presented their case to SAM for grant funding. Students followed their visit by analyzing the organizations' grant applications and submitting their own suggestions for funding. As a next step in the grant-making process, members of ISGCL recently joined SAM members on a site visit to A Sense of Home (an organization that provides youth transitioning out of foster care with furnishings for their first apartment).
Institute Director Callie Kamada notes, "The takeaway [for students] is a better understanding of the philanthropic sector, nonprofit assessment, and exposure to organizations in the city as we explore ways the Institute can expand its mission moving forward." Members of ISGCL are invited to attend the last meeting of SAM’s grant-making process where students will provide their input on the nonprofit that best aligns with SAM’s mission.
To learn more about A Sense of Home and the SAM Initiative, visit their social media:
A Sense of Home on Facebook and Instagram
The SAM Initiative on Facebook and Instagram
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