Fresno State students in the Humanics Students4Giving Philanthropy Project will award $15,000 in grants to the Art of Life Cancer Foundation, Focus Forward and the Poverello House.

The grants will be presented by students at a reception at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 15, at Arte Americas (1630 Van Ness Ave.) in Fresno.

The three recipients were selected after reviewing proposals, conducting site visits and holding in-person interviews with more than 20 community benefit organizations.

Art of Life Cancer Foundation was selected to support development of their board and staff.

The foundation was created to inspire people impacted by cancer to connect and heal through creative expression. Its ultimate goal is for people affected by cancer to discover the art of life through creative expression.

Focus Forward was selected to support its work with public policy and advocacy. Its mission is to create pathways to success for youth in the juvenile and child welfare systems through effective programs and services. The objective of Focus Forward is to equip youth with tools for success, to reduce recidivism, decrease the social and monetary costs of incarceration, build healthier communities and provide a fresh start for participants.

Poverello House was selected to support its volunteer management efforts. The organization serves to enrich the lives and spirits of all who pass by stewarding the resources made available through Providential and community support. Poverello House is located on F Street in downtown Fresno and provide meals, clothing and shelter for individuals in need.

Each organization will receive a check for $5,000. Grant funds are provided by the Central Valley Community Foundation and the fundraising efforts of students and faculty.

The Fresno State Humanics Program showcases a partnership between the region’s largest educational institution and the local philanthropy sector for which it aims to supply future leaders.

The program is offered in the Department of Sociology at Fresno State and allows students to earn a minor in philanthropic and community-based leadership and a certificate in administration and leadership for community benefit organizations. Through this project, students learn how to request and evaluate funding proposals and how the sector is governed, operated and funded.

For more information, contact Jed Soberal at 559.365.4310 or