Dr. Lynn Donahue, Grant PI
Service Learning Initiative Program Coordinator
In September 2009, St. John Fisher College received a three-year Learn and Serve America grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service. This funding allowed the progression from a pilot service-learning initiative to the creation of a Community-Based Service-Learning program. Funds were used to support stipends and program costs so that, by the end of the funding cycle, about 80 courses were offered with a service-learning component and impacted over 35 community partners and 1,400 students. Out of 250 applicants nationwide for Learn and Serve America HE, only 10 received individual institution awards.
“We could not have received this competitive grant without the support of Maya Temperley, Director of Corporate, Foundation, & Government Relations, who was able to provide assistance in all phases of the grant proposal process.”
Christine R. Birnie, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair, Pharmaceutical Sciences
In 2008, 2010, and 2011, the J. Homer Butler Foundation awarded the College successive $3,000 grants to support the Wegmans School of Pharmacy in their Medical Mission Programs, which provide medical assistance to the under served populations of the world.
“Several years ago, I met with Maya Temperley to brainstorm how we could procure external funding for our medical mission projects in the School of Pharmacy. Maya was a great help in researching foundations that might be a good fit for our project, and identified several foundations that were possibilities for us. She completed the letters of intent and then worked closely with me to develop the applications/proposals for those foundations that invited us to submit the full application. I was pleasantly surprised to see how much assistance was provided from the Development Office and how simple some of the applications and proposals were. I was ecstatic when we received $3,000 from the Butler Foundation to support our medical mission project in Zambia in 2008 and then additionally for assistance with the India medical mission projects in 2011 and 2012. Without the help of the Development Office, I would not have identified this grant opportunity nor completed the application in such a timely and efficient manner. These grants have been a great asset in helping student travel and providing medical supplies and equipment to patients in these developing nations. With the grant funds provided for the 2011 project in India, we were able to provide essential medications, medical supplies, and equipment and provide every patient that visited our clinic a month’s supply of multivitamins. Without the support of these grants, we would not have been able to provide the extent of care that we were able to deliver.”