LENEXA, Kan., July 9, 2018 — In late June, Grantham University held its Grantham Gives Back Award Ceremony and Volunteer Fair at the university’s Lenexa campus. The event shined a light on the important work of several Kansas City-area non-profits, and featured the online university’s presentation of community grants to support the groups’ missions.

Representatives from seven separate organizations attended the ceremony, and each received $3,000 to help further its cause. Grantham’s dedicated grant committee determined the recipients, and distributed the funds equally from a total of $21,000 collected through employee fundraising programs during the year.

“Volunteering and charitable efforts have long been an important part of Grantham University’s identity,” said Lily Carpio, Grantham’s chief financial officer and one of the executive sponsors of Grantham Gives Back. “Our culture is built on service and support, not only for our students and alumni, but also for the community in which we live and work every day.”

The seven non-profits in attendance included:

After the ceremony, university employees spent time visiting with the organizations, and learning more about their respective missions and available volunteer opportunities.

“Each year, our employees – who we proudly refer to as ‘Life Changers’ – are given a full day of paid time amid their regular work schedule to get out in the community and volunteer with an organization they choose,” said Carpio. “It’s all about witnessing in person the amazing things that can come from giving back.”

Grantham will begin accepting applications for its second cycle of community grants on August 1. To learn more about application criteria and guidelines, please visit the Grantham Gives Back page.


About Grantham University
Grantham University was founded in 1951 by Donald Grantham, a World War II veteran with a vision to make education achievable for military service members and veterans. Today, Grantham’s commitment to providing affordable, accessible higher education has evolved into a culture of service that extends to all adult learners. The university proudly helps students achieve their dreams through quality education that is enabled by a unique approach to comprehensive student support, one of the lowest tuitions in the country, and continual advancement in line with changing technologies.

Accredited since 1961 by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), Grantham University has earned a distinguished record as a respected distance learning university. The 100 percent online university offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate certificates and degree programs.

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