Philanthropy Grant

Twenty-five undergraduate students enrolled in POL 324 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 and Lake Norman areas.

Preference will be given to projects or initiatives targeting priority 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 support an on-going one.


Applications may be submitted by email attachment or mail. Email attachments or posted mail must be received by mid-March. Applicants will receive acknowledgement of receipt of application by email. Applicants will be notified of grant allocation decisions in late April. If you are unable to access the file, please send an email request for application material to the address below.

Contact information

Applications should be emailed to professor Ken Menkhaus, or mailed to:

Professor Ken Menkhaus
Political Science Department
Davidson College
Box 7057
Davidson, NC 28035

For clarification or more information, please contact professor Ken Menkhaus at his email address or by phone at 704-894-2291. Do not contact the Learning by Giving Foundation or Davidson College administration, as they have no direct role in the grant.