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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. 

Riley Family Foundation Philanthropic Action for Challenging Times participants with large check


Request for Proposals

Philanthropic Action in Challenging Times (PACT), an undergraduate social work student initiative at Adelphi University, will be distributing two $10,000 awards to non-profit, human service organizations located in Nassau and Suffolk County.

PACT is looking to partner with 2 nonprofits for the purpose of supporting the core mission of social work to “enhance human well-being and meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty” (NASW, 2008). It is through this experience that PACT will also provide opportunities for young social work professionals to engage in philanthropic ventures.

PACT 2016 is particularly interested in funding to agencies in Nassau and Suffolk County that offer a broad range of direct services for varied populations. Recognizing that often times organizations benefit from funding to effectively bridge the gap between assessment, need, and implementation, special consideration will be given to organizations that seek to assist in that area while responding to critical agency needs. Our grant this year will focus on the following: victims of domestic violence and child abuse, issues effecting migrant students, and individuals with developmental disabilities.

Through PACT, social work students engage in philanthropy as a means of social investment for social impact.

Nonprofit Award Recipients

2016 — The PACT awarded two checks for $10,000 a piece to:

  • The Safe Center
  • Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc (FREE)

2015 — The PACT awarded two checks for $10,000 a piece to:

  • Central Nassau Guidance
  • Response of Suffolk County  

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 further information, please contact:

Jamie Bogenshutz
Adjunct Faculty
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