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Norse Magnets Benefit Student Philanthropy Classes

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Northern Kentucky University Norse car magnets were introduced last year to raise money for the university’s nationally recognized student philanthropy classes. Now, for the first time, the magnets are available at NKU’s Barnes & Noble campus bookstore for just $5.

“This is one more way to show your Norse Pride and support an innovative, impactful academic program,” said Mark Neikirk, executive director of NKU’s Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement.

The center coordinates the Mayerson Student Philanthropy Project, which provides $2,000 to various NKU classes. The students in those classes learn about community needs, learn what nonprofits are addressing those needs and, in the end, select nonprofits to receive real funding.

Last year, NKU began selling Norse magnets to help fund the classes. The magnets are available by mail (request via email at or phone at (859) 572-1448). But beginning this semester, the magnets are available in the campus bookstore as well. The 6-inch by 4-inch oval, black-and-gold magnets look great on your car or equally good on the fridge or an office filing cabinet.

Twelve years ago, the Manuel D. and Rhoda Mayerson Foundation began funding student philanthropy courses at NKU with the belief that hands-on learning will produce NKU graduates who are more likely to remain life-long community stewards. Courses are offered in a wide-range of departments at NKU and appeal to a diverse group of students. Six classes are being offered this semester: Arts for Social Justice, University 101, Strategies and Persuasion, Managing Nonprofit Organizations, Protecting Water Resources and Alternatives to Incarceration.

Since the program’s founding in 1999, about 2,400 students have taken one of 137 student philanthropy classes in 35 different disciplines at NKU. Those classes have given 402 gifts to 257 area nonprofits for a total distribution exceeding $650,000. An annual report on the Mayerson Student Philanthropy Project is available upon request to

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