The Humanics Students4Giving Philanthropy Project at Fresno State announced the availability of three $5,000 grants for 501(c)(3) community benefit organizations serving the counties of Fresno, Madera, Kings and Tulare in the following funding areas.

Advocacy and public policy: This $5,000 grant will be awarded to develop, enhance or increase efforts in advocacy and public policy activities. This may include public policy activities such as outreach, mass media engagement, community organizing and more. Efforts must be measurable and occur between May 15 and Nov. 15.

Professional development for board members and/or staff (in memory of Philip T. Manoogian): This $5,000 grant will be awarded to develop and deliver development opportunities for a board of directors and/or staff. This may include in-house training, webinars, participation in professional organizations, professional subscriptions for board members or staff, professional coaching or mentoring and opportunities for staff to obtain professional certifications.

Volunteer administration program development (including software): This $5,000 grant will be awarded to develop or enhance and deliver a volunteer administration program. This process may serve to invite, engage, develop and retain a high-capacity volunteer workforce using best practices in volunteer administration. This grant may also be used for technological tools, such as volunteer management software, fund development software or accounting and fund development software.

To initiate the application process, a representative must submit a one-page letter of interest to Dr. Don Simmons at and complete “Org Card” via the Central Valley Community Foundation’s portal at by Feb. 29.

The humanics student boards of directors will provide notification by March 8 to those invited to submit the full application for funding. Organizations invited to submit a full application must agree to a site visit by a team of humanics scholars, a brief presentation to the student board, participation in the award event and the evaluation and reporting process.

Since 2007, the Humanics@FresnoState Students4Giving Philanthropy Project has granted a total of $101,000 to 26 different organizations. Past recipients are eligible to apply, and organization can apply for up to two of the grant funding areas, but may not be awarded funding in more than one category.

For more information, contact Dr. Don Simmons at 559.246.9970 or