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March 2, 2009

Common Cents Community Development Fellow Natalie Zuckerman (back left) and Program Associate Joanna Geller (back right) lead the workshop for Community Based Organizations. Photo by Jessica Bass
On February 24th, 25th and 26th Common Cents held its fourth annual workshop for Penny Harvest Grantee Organizations. The goal of these workshops is to help non-profits - who usually only receive donations from adults – create meaningful relationships with the young grant-makers of the Penny Harvest.

“We believe the role of the grantee is very important,” Community Development Fellow Natalie Zuckerman said, “they [grantees] shouldn’t just be recipients of our students’ donations, but should also use this opportunity to educate them about their work and why what they’re doing is important.”

The relationships formed between Penny Harvest schools and the organizations to which they give grants can be extraordinarily powerful. Organizations have the opportunity to inspire a whole new generation of advocates for their cause, and children have the opportunity to build relationships with leaders in their community.

Allison Moll from LEAD Uganda and Kimberly Wilson from Making Books Sing attended the workshop. Both represented organizations funded by Penny Harvesters. Photo by Jessica Bass
Representatives from 40 different community-based organizations attended this year’s workshops. They learned how to create on-going relationships with the students, describe their work in a way in which children can relate, develop age-appropriate and substantive service opportunities, and, in general, how to celebrate and validate the generosity of Penny Harvesters.

“This story behind the Penny Harvest is so inspirational,” Barbara Tolan, a representative from the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals and workshop participant, noted. “Just this morning we received two e-mails from Penny Harvest students requesting more information! I was excited to come today and learn how to build on our relationships with schools. These students are learning they aren’t too young and they can help their community.”

If you would like more information about Common Cents’ work with Penny Harvest Grantees, contact Natalie Zuckerman at
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