In one of the largest student run philanthropic efforts in the country, Northwestern students in partnership with the Evanston Community Foundation have awarded nearly 300 grants totaling upwards of $1 million to positively impact educational and youth development progress in the Evanston community.
According to the Dance Marathon website, grant recipients include:
- A local coffee shop that offers young people who have been incarcerated a chance at a new future by teaching responsibility and life skills in a training program.
- College process navigation and college readiness programs for local high school students who demonstrate a high potential for future success and might otherwise find roadblocks in pursuing post-high school opportunities.
- Putting at-risk youth in contact with policemen, not in the courtroom, but in bowling alleys and on basketball courts to open dialogue and to provide an “in my shoes” experience.
- Northwestern Dance Marathon to Benefit Two Charities (Northwestern News, 2015)