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Philanthropy lab donates $100,000 to Central Texas groups
Philanthropy Lab

February, 2015

Eight Waco nonprofit organizations are starting the new year thousands of dollars richer after Baylor’s inaugural “Philanthropy and the Public Good” course distributed $100,000 to those select organizations through a semester-long process.

The course was offered as part of the Philanthropy Lab, a program of the Fort Worth-based private foundation Once Upon a Time. The program works with universities across the country to teach students the value of philanthropy giving by providing them real money to give. Baylor is the 14th school in the program, joining Harvard, Yale, Stanford and others.

“It’s not every day you get a chance to work with $100,000,” said North Richland Hills junior Madison Young, who took the fall class and is serving as a senior advisor for the spring philanthropy class. “It was something you wanted to be doing. There was not only an academic obligation but also a moral obligation.”

The class began with a list of 70 different local nonprofits. After nearly four months of research, phone calls, board meetings and site visits, the class agreed on the eight to receive grants: Waco Habitat for Humanity, Waco Family Health Center, Shepherd’s Heart Food Pantry, Communities in Schools of the Heart of Texas, Talitha Koum Institute, Animal Birth Control Clinic, Compassion Ministries and Act Locally Waco. Each organization received a different amount of money depending on the specific project the grant funds.

Talitha Koum, for example, received a grant for $7,000, to be used towards the training and implementation of brain mapping, a new approach to the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) developed by Dr. Bruce Perry of the ChildTrauma Academy. The program is intended to identify areas of a child’s brain that have not been adequately developed and then, through appropriate therapy methods, nurture those areas into recovery.

“In a child from deep, deep poverty, there is almost nothing sequential in their life,” said Susan Cowley, covenant partner and cofounder of Talitha Koum Institute. “There’s almost nothing in their life they can count on. The system fails them and they fail it.”



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