Students present

Students present on behalf of the Community Dental Center, one of the recipients of 2014 grant funding awarded by students in Morrione’s course.

Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology Thomas Morrione ’65 has been awarded $10,000 from an anonymous Colby alumna/alumnus for use in Sociology 322, Nonprofit Organizations and Philanthropy: Learning By Giving, a course that pairs students with local nonprofits and offers real-world experience in writing and assessing grant proposals. The grant will allow the course to continue in 2015 after Morrione retires.

For the fourth consecutive year, students in the course awarded a total of $10,000 to local nonprofits—first working in teams with each organization to write grant proposals, then operating like the board of a granting foundation to review each grant application, make funding decisions, and allocate one or more grants. This year’s grants recipients were the Community Dental Center and Crisis & Counseling Centers.

From 2011 to 2014 the Learning by Giving Foundation, funded by Doris Buffett’s Sunshine Lady Foundation, awarded grants for the course to Morrione. In 2015 the $10,000 will come from an anonymous Colby alumna/alumnus, with potential for additional funding from the Learning by Giving Foundation. The total amount awarded to area nonprofits at the culmination of the spring 2015 course will meet or exceed $50,000.

Morrione has also been asked to continue serving as a member of the Sunshine Lady Foundation’s national Learning By Giving academic advisory team.