Micro grants, major impact
By Kenna Caprio
Just $15 increases the chances that a student can travel abroad to Wroxton. Or it benefits students flying to Ecuador to build a community center.
The Fairleigh Dickinson University Advancement team recently introduced micro grants — highly specific and targeted donation funds where small contributions really do matter.
“The idea is to get more people actively involved,” says Michael Russo, director of the Fund for FDU and micro grant idea man. “It’s an extra option to give and it’s non-threatening. Everyone can do $15.”
Russo came up with the idea after realizing that his own alma mater created similar small funds that alumni and friends of the school could donate to.
“It’s something that I could see, even if you weren’t involved in the specific area the money benefits, that you might be interested in donating to,” Russo continues.
The six micro grants will help reduce the cost of textbooks, defray the price of medical equipment for the nursing assessment laboratory, ease transportation costs for FDU veterans heading to the New York City Veterans Day Parade, fund scholarships and dressing room improvements for the theater program, enable students to go to Ecuador on a service trip and provide an airfare discount to students studying abroad in Wroxton.
“We want to make sure that people know that their smaller gifts can make a difference too,” he says.