Grantwriting In Valued Environments (G.I.V.E.) is a BTU Priority Investment project
in the English Department that advances students' professional writing goals by connecting
their coursework to the writing needs of small non-profit organizations in the Baltimore/Washington
Guiding Principles & Vision
This project takes the stance that privilege is meant to be shared, and this act of
sharing takes a lifetime of effort. The project is centered around the historical
and contemporary connections between Baltimore City, Towson University, and other
local communities in the sense that writing is practiced as a way to advocate for
full and equal participation of all groups. We acknowledge the legacies of injustice
in Maryland, and we see how the work we do can have a positive impact on our collective
The curriculum balances the practical aspects of workplace writing with theorizing
and reflecting specifically on the social and cultural climate of Baltimore City,
what NPOs do here, why they do it, and on writing in relation to communities, advocacy,
- Offer small, community NPOs in the Baltimore/Washington region a chance to compete
in a philanthropic economy that necessitates receiving income from more than just
private donations and fundraising events
- Research, write, submit, and track grants for our partners
- Provide narrative and text that helps tell the story of organizations
- Offer help with other writing genres such as web content, e-newsletters, etc.
- Develop students professional goals related to the non-profit sector
- G.I.V.E. participants have raised over $300,000 in grants, all funds going directly
to area NPOs.
- Participating TU students have been hired as grant and proposal writers and grants
administrators by Johns Hopkins, The Maryland Food Bank (grants manager raises $7.3
million a year), Parks & People Foundation, CCBC, Kittleson & Associates, FEi Systems
(Columbia), The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, and more.
G.I.V.E. is embedded within TU undergraduate and graduate level curriculum, providing
participants the opportunity for real world application while receiving course credit.
Two classes spend their semester working on projects—from writing grant proposals
to leading writing workshops—for G.I.V.E. community partners.
ENGL 401 Grant and Advocacy Writing (3)
History, theory, and practice of writing in public, non-profit, democratic, and humanitarian
spaces. May include the study of rhetoric, writing, and communication as it applies
to: service learning, community engagement, community organizing, grants, fundraising,
charity drives, advocacy, social movements, e-newsletters, social media, public service
announcements, and public relations. Prerequisite: Two ENGL courses.
PRWR 619 Communications in the Profit/Nonprofit Sector
Communication process, with special emphasis on writing, within the profit/nonprofit
organization. Theories of organization, management styles, and relationship of written
messages to the function of climate of the profit/nonprofit organization. Strategies
of preparing written communication to meet internal and external needs. Prerequisite:
Admission to MPW program or consent of instructor.
- Interact with professionals from outside TU
- Build professional relationships
- Enjoy practical writing assignments
- Often realize they want to work in the philanthropic sector and/or create content
that impacts the world in a positive way
- Become facilitators of language and advocates for constituents that aren’t able to
always speak up or write for themselves
- Use their privilege and education to convey to others the particular needs of communities
that are less privileged
- Obtain internships, enter graduate school and land dream jobs
The University Community
- Receives validation of the importance of and responsibility to our proximity to Baltimore
and to philanthropy
- Advances its goals related to diversity and inclusion
- Demonstrates 21st century skills for English and other Liberal Arts majors
Please contact Prof. Zosha Stuckey at zstuckey AT_TOWSON for more information.