*Local Community Benefit Organizations to Receive $15,000 from Humanics
Students4Giving Project at Fresno State *

(May 14, 2018) – Fresno State students in the
< fresnostate.edu/socialsciences/sociology/degrees/certificates/humanics.html>
Students4Giving Philanthropy Project are awarding three $5,000 grants to
local community benefit organizations (CBOs). The grants will be officially
presented by students at a reception at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 14, at Arte
Americas <
www.arteamericas.org/> (1630 Van Ness Ave.) in Downtown

The Humanics Students4Giving strategically allocates grants to CBOs for
“the most difficult areas to fund”: 1. Board and Staff Development; 2.
Volunteer Management and Technology; and 3. Advocacy and Public Policy. The
following three recipients were selected after students reviewed proposals,
conducted site visits and held in-person interviews with more than 20
community benefit organizations.

Lowell Community Development Corporation < lowellcdc.org/> (Lowell
CDC) was selected to support development of their board and staff. Its
mission is to improve the quality of life in the Lowell neighborhood
through community engagement, equitable housing, and historic diversity.

Fresno Interdenominational Refugee Ministries < www.firminc.org/> (FIRM)
was selected to support its volunteer management efforts. FIRM serves
refugee families of all cultures and religious traditions, primarily of
Southeast Asian, Slavic, and African origin. FIRM’s mission is to “share
Christ’s love by building communities of hope with New Americans.” Whenever
interest is present, FIRM staff assist refugees in linking with one of
Fresno’s refugee community or mainstream congregations.

Mi Familia Vota < www.mifamiliavota.org/> Education Fund was
selected to support its work with public policy and advocacy. Mi Familia
Vota is a national organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied
communities to promote social and economic justice through increased civic
participation by promoting citizenship, voter registration, and voter

Each organization will receive a check for $5,000. Grant funds are
generously provided by the Whitney Foundation
www.whitneyfoundationfresno.org/>, Central Valley Community
Foundation <
www.centralvalleycf.org/>, The Kennel Bookstore, and
the fundraising efforts of students and faculty.

Humanics@FresnoState transforms lives and perspectives on leadership and
philanthropy and engenders Exceptional Leaders, Enhanced Organizations, and
Enriched Communities. From 2007-2018, more than 345 Fresno State students
have awarded $146,000 to 35 different organizations through the Humanics
Students4Giving Philanthropy Project (2 min video highlights from 2017 S4G

The Fresno State Humanics Program, offered by the department of Sociology
< www.fresnostate.edu/socialsciences/sociology/index.html>, showcases
a partnership between the region’s largest educational institution and the
local philanthropy sector for which it aims to supply future leaders.
Students can earn a minor in philanthropic and community-based leadership
and/or a certificate in administration and leadership for community benefit
organizations. Dr. Matthew Jendian is the founding director and Dr. Don
Simmons is the lead faculty member for

For more information, please contact Elio Santos at
eliosantos@mail.fresnostate.edu or 559.825.7838.