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Riley Family Foundation Philanthropic Action for Challenging Times (PACT)

Gain skill in philanthropy, nonprofit management and grant-making.

Are you interested in building up your résumé while doing something meaningful? Do you want to pick up skills as an undergrad that will make you more marketable?  Do you have an interest in non-profit management or grant writing? If you answered YES, this exclusive opportunity is for you!

Adelphi’s PACT is an extra-curricular initiative supported by the Riley Family Foundation. A select group of 12–15 juniors and seniors gain invaluable experience in philanthropy, nonprofit management and the grant-making process. They engage in philanthropy and will distribute a total of $20,000 to grassroots organizations in Nassau County over five years, for a total of $100,000.

Students visit target communities, meet with community leaders and elected officials, visit private and corporate foundations, and visit with prospective grantee organizations. Students learn how to conduct needs-based assessments in underserved communities, draft, review and assess request for proposals (RFP’s) and negotiate an award decision that enables these agencies to change these communities for the better. The entire process is student driven, with faculty and administration serving as advisers. 

Upon successful completion of the project, students are awarded a Certificate in Philanthropic Leadership and a monetary stipend. Most importantly, students learn the grant-making process from within, a skill greatly desired by employers in the health and human service sector. 


2013 PACT Nonprofit Award Recipients

The first 15 students to participate in PACT awarded two checks for $10,000 apiece to the their chosen nonprofit organizations:

  • Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence’s BUDDY (Building Unique, Dynamic, Diverse Youth) mentoring program
  • Herstory Project for Hands Across the Community: Youth Writing for Justice initiative

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