All the reading material from class, guest speakers, and site visits were preparing us for one of the most important decisions we would have to make this semester. Selecting a CBO to receive $5,000 for staff and board development with the Students4Giving Philanthropy Project. In my whole career in working with CBOs over 20 years, I have never been a part of something like this. Humanics@Fresno State has changed my life not just because I am closer to earning my degree, but by opening new opportunities for me to make a difference for others and CBOs I work with. I would never have imagined that I would be part of a team as a board trustee on a grant. My assigned team was amazing to work with. We might have had a little rough start on understanding the process but at the end, all hands were on deck. As Dr. Jendian and Dr. Simmons tell us “Trust The Process”. We did and all turned out great. We met the deadlines, recruited CBOs to apply for our grant, completed the scoring sheets, reviewed applications & LOIs, conducted site visits, sent out e-mails, contacted the press, invited officials/public leaders to attend the event and made a final decision that changed Lowell Community Development Corporation who received the grant for board and staff development. Congratulations to the other two CBOs who also received a $5,000 grant. Mi Familia Vota for advocacy and public policy. Fresno Interdenominational Refugee Ministries for volunteer management. Grants were funded by the Whitney Foundation, Central Valley Community Foundation and the fundraising efforts of students and faculty. I was so happy many came out to support the event and also took part in helping it be very successful. Thank you!