Students In Philanthropy is a collaborative effort between the Abell Hanger Foundation and Lee High School (as well as the other public high schools and colleges in Midland and Odessa). For successful year-long participation in the class, the Abell Hanger Foundation recognizes the SIP students for their commitment and awards them the 40 hours needed to complete the Legacy Scholarship for the work they do in the class.
Through the program, students make grants to organizations that best address the critical concerns of the program participants. Once the grant-making focus is established, the fundraising efforts begin. Students are encouraged to raise at least $500, which will be matched by the Abell Hanger Foundation on a 15:1 basis up to $7,500.
The grant making process begins with notification to the nonprofit community of available grant resources. Nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status are eligible to apply through a process outlined by the students. During the school year, students attend required workshops and participate in agency site visits that enhance their understanding of the nonprofit sector. Students will also meet and interview nonprofit executives in the community in order to make well-informed decisions. The SIP Grant Awards Ceremony, held in the late spring, finalizes the program.
Students In Philanthropy is an in-depth leadership training program which provides students the opportunity to improve the quality of life in Midland. Students learn the importance of philanthropy and the role of nonprofit organizations in the community. Through the fund development and grant-making process, students not only make needed contributions to nonprofit organizations, but also gain leadership and stewardship training through a structured program designed to educate, support, and promote philanthropic leadership.
The goals of SIP are to provide students the resources to positively affect their community; give students an education and leadership experience; teach students about philanthropy, the nonprofit sector, and the importance of community service; provide students with training, supervision, monitoring, support, recognition, and evaluation to ensure program quality and success.