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Video celebrates success of Mayerson Student Philanthropy Project


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A video about the Mayerson Student Philanthropy Project at NKU celebrates the success of the nationally recognized program that began in 1999.

Each semester, NKU courses selected for the Mayerson Project ask students to evaluate nonprofit agencies and invest money in those they think will make the most effective use of the funds.

The 12-minute video contains interviews with NKU students and faculty members who have taken part in Mayerson courses. The video also offers statistics on the project that has contributed nearly $760,000 to hundreds of nonprofit agencies over the last 25 semesters. The majority of those contributions have been direct grants of $1,000 to $2,000.

English professor Dr. Jon Cullick is one of the NKU faculty members interviewed in the video. He said Mayerson courses are a rewarding experience for students.

“It provides a dimension to their education that they never anticipated, and it’s a dimension they’re never going to forget for the rest of their lives,” Cullick said in the interview.

Aubrey Abbott, an electronic media broadcasting student who graduated in May, produced the video for the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement, which coordinates the Mayerson Student Philanthropy Project.

“The video was produced to tell the compelling story of this signature NKU program,” said Mark Neikirk, executive director of the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement. “Our Mayerson Student Philanthropy Project is a national model that other universities in the United States have used to pattern similar classes on their campus. So this video will help get the word out to more campuses.”

The video is posted on the Mayerson Student Philanthropy Project webpage at

Neikirk said the video was shown during the American Democracy Project Conference in Denver earlier this summer. It will also be used to tell the story to potential student philanthropy funders and to NKU faculty members who might have an interest in teaching a student philanthropy course.

Incoming students will watch the video during freshman orientation this summer to introduce them to the “learn by giving” courses at NKU.