Campus Compact Partners with Council on Foundations for Special Conversation between Foundation & Higher Education Leaders

October 27, 2014
At a special pre-conference session at the 2014 Fall Conference for Community Foundations, Campus Compact and the Council on Foundations convened higher education and community foundation leaders for a conversation about the importance of place-based higher education and philanthropic institutions collaborating to create our next generation of civic leaders and philanthropists.
“Building Collaboration: A Conversation for Foundation and Higher Education Leaders” featured successful partnerships between community foundations and colleges that focus on innovative ways to increase access to higher education, build public and philanthropic leadership, and impact communities. Campus  Compact members Binghamton University (NY), Jackson College (MI), University of Akron, and Wagner College (NY) showcased their work alongside their foundation partners. Attendees from across the country learned about and discussed experiential college student philanthropy models, college access and success initiatives, and partnership development.
Participants recognized the tremendous opportunities for higher education and philanthropy to collaborate to achieve important community objectives and create successful pathways for students along the education continuum. Moreover, the session demonstrated that civic learning can be a important strategy for student success and attainment. For example, in one discussion attendees examined how student philanthropy prepares students for lives of engaged citizenship but more immediately engages students to make a positive impact in their communities.

Andrew Seligsohn, Vikki Spruill

“Philanthropic and higher education institutions have a great deal to offer each other as partners in seeking positive change in communities,” said Campus Compact president Andrew Seligsohn. (pictured at right with COF president, Vikki Spruill.) “The leaders who participated in this conversation
learned about some great examples of collaborative efforts that are producing impact.”
Panelists at the October 19th session, moderated by David Maurrasse of Marga, Inc., were:
  • David Campbell, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Public Administration, Binghamton University
  • Theresa Beyerle, Associate Director, Institute for Teaching and Learning, University of Akron
  • Donae Ceja, Senior Vice President, Community Impact, United Way of Summit County (OH)
  • Patricia Tooker, Dean for Integrated Learning, Wagner College
  • Noah Bernstein, Program Officer and Coordinator of Special Programs, New World Foundation
  • Monica Moser, President and CEO, Jackson Community Foundation
  • Rebekah Woods, Provost, Jackson College
  • Jeremy Frew, Dean of Occupational Education, Jackson College

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