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UMW philanthropy class awards grants

The University of Mary Washington’s Economics of Philanthropy and the Nonprofit Sector class today awarded a total of $10,000 in grants to the Lloyd R. Moss Free Clinic, Rappahannock Legal Services and Stafford Junction.

The grants are funded by Doris Buffett’s Learning by Giving Foundation. Buffett attended today’s ceremony. “I’m really proud of you,” she told the students.  “You learned a lot, and I bet you had a good time doing it.”

The class of 22 students received 51 applications. 

The grants were:

  • $2,400 for the Moss Free Clinic’s diabetes management and diabetes home-testing programs. The money will go toward glucose test strips for patients with diabetes.
  • $3,600 for Stafford Junction’s Helping Us Grow Strong program for 3- and 4-year-olds. The money will enable 20 economically disadvantaged children to attend preschool for nine months at the Rappahannock Area YMCA.
  • $4,000 for Rappahannock Legal Services. The nonprofit, with offices in Fredericksburg, Tappahannock and Culpeper County, will purchase new computers with the money.

This is the seventh year UMW has offered the philanthropy course. It was one of eight at universities nationwide sponsored this fall by Buffett’s Learning by Giving Foundation.