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DENISON UNIVERSITY VENTURE PHILANTHROPY Connect with the Denison Venture Philanthropy Mission DVP was founded in 2008 through the generous gift of a organizations. We accomplish this by: Denison alum. Eight Denison students, supported by one 1) investigating pressing community needs and learning faculty advisor, were tasked with constructing a different about the organizations that attempt to address them type of student organization from the ground up. More than five years later, the 20+members of DVP consistently (2) training ourselves to make timely, effective, and welladministered philanthropic allocations to build in the return to the group’s Mission statement, excerpted here, capacity of local organizations for guidance. “Our purpose is to effect positive and meaningful change (3) offering stewardship and support through direct service to recipient organizations.” in the lives of others by increasing the capacity of local

Denison Venture Philanthropy awards $10,000 grant to Licking County Humane Society During the 2012-2013 school year, Denison Venture Philanthropy (DVP) invested $10,000 and 200 hours of community service hours in the Licking County Humane Society (LCHS). LCHS is a no-kill animal shelter that aims to promote the well-being of all animals as well as advocate for greater population control via spaying and neutering.

The Licking County Humane Society moved to a larger location in February 2013, which allows the organization to accommodate more pets and offer more services. Photos courtesy of LCHS.

LCHS was one of many nonprofits in Licking County to submit a proposal to DVP this grant process cycle. The grant was used to purchase a new donor database software to help develop and streamline communication between LCHS and its donors. The goal was to improve the Humane Society’s efficiency and ultimately increase the number of donations. A new donor software system was only one of the many changes for LCHS last

school year. In February software reviews and tech 2013, LCHS moved from a sites. DVP also contacted small space to a much larger campus departoperation. The “This investment should ments and other four-acre faallow the Humane Society humane sociecility allows ties to get softLCHS to house to more effectively harness ware recom40 dogs and 60 its growing coalition of vol- mendations. cats, a spay/ unteers, adoptive families, neuter clinic, organization members, and The main criteboarding for donors—helping to ensure ria LCHS was looking for in abused animals long-term success.” donor software confiscated by was adequate LCHS director Lori Carlthe humane storage, agent, and a son, as quoted in the data smooth user community Newark Advocate interface, and dog park. With integration with existing softall these improvements, it was crucial for LCHS to find ware to transfer data to the a better way of maintaining new software. Through this the donor-shelter relationship. extensive research, DVP and Carlson worked to narrow During the first few down their choice to Donor months of working with Perfect, a software recomLCHS, DVP worked closely mended to DVP by another with LCHS executive director humane society. Lori Carlson to determine Although LCHS is workwhich donor software to purchase. DVP members re- ing on implementing the new searched different types of software, the organization donor software by looking at now has the tools to succeed.

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DVP brings NYT journalist David Bornstein to campus GRANT UPDATE:

Giving new meaning to ‘Home’ page DVP helps Licking County Coalition for Housing launch completely revamped site In 2011-2012 DVP supported the Licking County Coalition for Housing (LCCH) with a variety of projects designed to increase the organization’s ability to communicate with its diverse stakeholders. After co-managing the RFP and design process, DVP students handed over the reigns to LCCH staff in 2012. Unexpected opportunities for LCCH to serve as an information hub for county organizations expanded the project into 2013. The new site—which features user -friendly design, an extensive searchable database of low-income housing in Licking County, “volunteer” and “donate” functions, and a variety of other resources—is set to launch shortly. Licking County residents will soon be able to take advantage of this critical county resource; LCCH and DVP will continue to work together in the years to come to assess the shortand long-term outcomes of this investment.

Last fall, DVP welcomed acclaimed journalist and New York Times columnist David Bornstein to Denison. DVP teamed up with the Business and Entrepreneurship Club to bring Bornstein to campus for a lecture, titled, “Social Entrepreneurship and How College Students Can Change the World.” The lecture filled the Slayter auditorium, with over 130 students, faculty, and staff in attendance. Throughout his talk Bornstein emphasized the importance of social entrepreneurship in the college generation. He gave examples of inspirational students who are doing work in the field of social change, and also about the things all students can do to enact social change within their communities. Bornstein is recognized as a leader in the field of social change for his book How to

Members of DVP having lunch with David Bornstein. Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas, which is considered one of the most important books on the subject of social entrepreneurship and nonprofit work. Bornstein also sat down with members from DVP and the Business and Entrepreneurship Club to talk more inti-

mately about the issues of social entrepreneurship. DVP members had the opportunity to ask Bornstein questions about his process going into writing about social entrepreneurship and his own take on important issues. Attendees at the lecture were able to ask questions as well, making it a unique experience.

DVP member spotlight: Kate Kloster One of the two DVP graduates from the class of 2013 reflects back on her Venture Philanthropy experience Q: What was your experience with DVP like? While I didn't discover DVP until my junior year, I quickly realized it was one of the best organizations I could be a part of at Denison. It is consistently such a thoughtful, caring group of students that is supported by several wonderful faculty and staff. I was always impressed by how DVP never settled or just let itself get into a routine that it would unquestionably follow. In other words, I felt like the club was constantly reevaluating itself and reflecting on how we could improve. Q: What’s one of your favorite memories from DVP? One of the highlights of my DVP experience was conducting an interview with one of the organizations that applied for our grant this period. It was really inspiring hearing them explain their proposal because

they were all so genuinely excited about this project that was going to help build community in Licking County. Q: What are your post-graduation plans? After graduation I will be moving back to my hometown of St. Louis and working for Cassidy Turley Commercial Real Estate Services, Inc. Q: Any advice for other DVP members? Don't be afraid to take on a leadership position early! You might not feel ready, but sometimes the best way to learn is to do! You'll be glad you got involved. I would also recommend taking advantage of the trips/ workshops that DVP can connect you to - it's something I didn't really have time for but wish I would’ve done.

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DVP has the unique opportunity to meet with leaders in venture philanthropy and social entrepreneurship. DVP members also attend national conferences to learn from professionals and bring new ideas back to campus. Here’s a look at the different activities DVP participated in last year: 

IMPACT Conference// Albuquerque, NM: Four DVP members attended the IMPACT conference to share ideas about civic engagement with other students and attend workshops about servicelearning. bigBANG!//Cleveland, OH: DVP sent a team of students to network with venture philanthropy and nonprofit leaders, see noted nonprofit expert Dan Pallotta’s keynote address, and to share the DVP story.

Social Venture Partners// Cleveland, OH: DVP met with executives of SVP to understand how venture philanthropy works on a professional level and receive feedback on DVP’s grant process.

The Burton D. Morgan Foundation//Hudson, OH: DVP members visited the foundation to learn about its approach to philanthropy, the grant process, and entrepreneurship. They also met with David Kuhns ‘68 and The Burton D. Morgan Foundation trustee J. Martin Erbaugh ‘70.

PNC Bank//Cleveland, OH: DVP-ers met with PNC Regional President Paul Clark ‘75 to learn about PNC’s approach to corporate philanthropy. Otterbein University Community Impact Summit// Westerville, OH: Three DVP members had the chance to listen to Bad Girl Ventures founder and CEO Candace Klein speak. DVP also got to collaborate with other students to identify solutions to local problems.

From left to right: (1) Bad Girl Ventures CEO Candace Klein presents at Otterbein’s Community Impact Summit. (2) DVP members pose in front of PNC bank in Cleveland. (3) DVP visits with PNC Regional President Paul Clark ‘75.

Eyes on the prize: DVP selected as finalist for Brandeis University’s prestigious Sillerman Prize The $5K Sillerman Prize for Innovations in Philanthropy (recently re-titled as the “Generous U” award) is an annual contest that looks for demonstrated success in (1) engaging people in charitable giving, (2) increasing awareness of philanthropy, (3) creating a culture of giving on a college campus, and (4) developing a model that can allow goals 1-3 to flourish on other college campuses. DVP was selected as one of five finalists for this prize in 2012, beating out more than a dozen other proposals, including some from graduate schools. The selection as a finalist resulted in an invitation for two DVP members, Peter Hurford ‘14 and Emma BosleySmith ’15 to fly out to Brandeis University in

Massachusetts and give a live presentation to judges. DVP’s proposal, entitled “The $10,000 Question: Venture Philanthropy Club Campus Organizations as Student Philanthropist Development and a Means of Community Impact,” focused on DVP’s capacity to be a student-centered process that empowers students through shared accomplishment, develops an investment mindset to push students to interact with big questions in philanthropy, and to create connections between students, faculty, administrators, and the community. Although DVP did not win first place, the Sillerman Prize was a good opportunity to share the DVP model with professionals.

Emma Bosley-Smith ‘15 presents in front of the judges.

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Stellar Stats

Distinguished Leadership

This year, DVP students celebrated a wide array of opportunities, outcomes, and recognition.

Denison’s honor for “extraordinary commitment to excellence, leadership and dedication to Denison and surrounding communities” has been awarded to eight DVP students, 2008-2013.

Presidential Medalists


Service Awards

Out of 25+ campus service organiPresident Dale T. Knobel awarded the Univerzations, DVP was recognized with sity’s top honors to four DVP students in the last three years. Fifty percent of the 2012 Pres- high honors. Peter Hurford ‘14 won idential Medalists (Nicole Jimenez and Steven Outstanding Junior, several DVPers won the President’s Service Profitt) participated in DVP during their time on Award for doing 100+ hours of the Hill. The others: Zack Goldman ’11 and community service, and DVP as a Kate Kloster ’13. whole was recognized as a top service organization.

National Fellowships

DVP-ers often win prestigious fellowships, including City Year, the Davis Program for Peace, Food Corps, the Fulbright Program, Peace Corps, and Teach for America.

DVP graduates currently pursue fields such as banking, community development, consulting, education, and insurance (to name a few).

Top-Notch Advising In 2013, Economics Professor and DVP Advisor Fadhel Kaboub received the inaugural Organizational Advisor of the Year Award from the Denison Student Government. In 2012, Dr. Kaboub won the Denison Community Association’s Best Faculty Advisor Award.

The Number to Beat In the first five investment cycles (2008-2013), DVP channeled over $30,000 and 3,000 hours of service to organizations in the Licking County community. Denison University Venture Philanthropy 2012-2013 Nancy Aguilar ‘14

Sarah Hunter ‘15

Zach Wimmers ‘13

With generous support from:

Ana Boror ‘16

Peter Hurford ‘14*

*Leadership Team

David Kuhns ’68

Rex Cao ‘16

Sahila Jorapur ‘15*


Susan Cherry ‘15

Kate Kloster ‘13

The Burton D. Morgan Foundation and

Becky Coe ‘15

Alex Lloyd ‘15

Emma Bosley-Smith ‘15

Luchen Peng ‘15

Emily Cosco ‘15**

Alana Perez ‘16*

Nitya Daryanani ‘14

Chelsea Steeb ‘15*

Connor Ford ‘14

Lydia Strohmeyer ‘14*

Taylor Frame ‘14

Laura Spinelli ‘14*

Bronwyn Frank ‘16

Abbey Torrence ‘14

Josh Goldman ‘14

Laura Venzke ‘14

Faculty and Staff Advisory Board

Denison Campus Governance Association

Greg Bader

DU Alford Center for Service Learning

Stephanie Hunt-Theophilus

Project Startup

Dr. Fadhel Kaboub, Advisor Dr. Laurel Kennedy Kathleen Powell Dr. Lyn Robertson

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