Riley Family Foundation Philanthropic Action for Challenging Times (PACT)

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

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. Most importantly, students learn the grant-making process from within, a skill greatly desired by employers in the health and human service sector. 

Request for Proposals

We’re looking to partner with nonprofits for the purpose of supporting the core mission of social work and to provide opportunities for young social work professionals to engage in philanthropic ventures.

PACT 2015 is particularly interested in funding agencies in Nassau and Suffolk County that offer a broad range of mental health support and assistance services for varied populations. Special consideration will be given to organizations that serve members of the LGBTQIA community, those who are impacted by substance abuse, victims of domestic violence, migrant communities, people with disabilities, veterans, and juveniles within the legal justice system. We also recognize the critical role mental health plays on Long Island and acknowledge the services that agencies are offering to aid in the fight to improve awareness and treatment to individuals that suffer with mental illness.

The application process is now closed.

Nonprofit Award Recipients

2014 The PACT cohort invited applications from agencies that offer innovative and unique services for at-risk-youth with a special focus on those working to strengthen vulnerable families. PACT awarded two checks of $10,000 each to the following nonprofit organizations:

  • The Korean American Family Service Center: Family Intervention Program (FIP)
  • Safe Space: Jamaica Community Youth Center  

2013  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

For more information, please contact:

Njeri Kagotho, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
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For further information, please contact:

School of Social Work
p – 516.877.4300

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