Cynthia Killingsworth, Lead Instructor

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2014 Sylvania Spring Term Students4Giving Class

What is Students4Giving?

Students4Giving was created in September 2007 through a Campus Compact and Fidelity® Charitable Gift Fund initiative to educate and inspire a generation of engaged citizens, philanthropists, and community leaders. Portland Community College was one of five academic institutions in the nation selected to create a donor advised fund to offer grants to non-profit organizations within their communities.

This past year, PCC's Students4Giving participants have accomplished the following:

  • Over $8,000 was raised through used textbook donations and sales throughout the year.
  • Spring term participants in the Sylvania Campus Business 208: Introduction to Nonprofits and Philanthropy course selected a funding focus of educational & environmental outreach programs which benefit at-risk youth as part of their course curriculum. At the end of the term two grant recipients were selected and received funding for a total of $10,000.

How Can I Get Involved?



Our Mission

The Portland Community College’s Students4Giving mission is to educate students in the field of charitable giving by identifying and allocating funds to local non-profits that strive to solve social problems, have a strong impact, and demonstrate financial need. By developing sustainable relationships between students, college, non-profits, and community, the efforts of our project will create a lasting impact, beckoning in a new era of philanthropy. 

What Students are Saying...

"The thing that surprised me the most was finding out that this was not your typical classroom and that the majority of the class would be directed by us, the students, and that the focus was on the process and to learn by doing; that and the fact that we had $10,000 in real money that we would be responsible for distributing. That responsibility to something and someone other than yourself and to your own grade in the class really made this a special learning environment. It never felt like a class to me; I enjoyed the experience very much."

Shane Moulder