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Columbia Community Service Grants Presented; Nancy Rupp Leadership Award Created

By Lauren Marshall

From Left: Law School Dean David Leebron, Barnard College President Judith Shapiro, University Treasurer and Controller Patricia Francy, Nancy Rupp, President George Rupp and Assistant Vice President and Director of Community Affairs, Larry Dais.

More than 40 community service organizations in Manhattan Valley, Morningside Heights and Harlem gathered on a recent May afternoon in the Faculty Room of Low Library to accept $289,000 grants made possible by donations from Columbia, Barnard and Teachers College faculty and staff and Harlem Hospital and Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center Neighborhood Fund. This year Columbia University faculty and staff contributed a record $214,638.

Antioch Day Care Center, Riverside Language Program and Harlem YMCA Jackie Robinson Youth Center are among this year's grant recipients.

The creation of the Nancy Rupp Leadership Award, enabling one senior executive from a neighborhood community service organization to enroll in the Institute for Non-Profit Management at the Columbia University Business School each year, was announced, commemorating Ms. Rupp's dedication and support of Columbia Community Service (CCS).

"This can be a very significant factor for someone leading a non-profit organization and I'm delighted to be a part of it," said Nancy Rupp, who, during the nine years of her husband's presidency, has been one of CCS's most active board members.

For 55 years, members of the CCS campaign have collected and disbursed grants of $1,000 to $15,000 to local organizations, providing critical support of organizations' operating costs. The organizations supported by Columbia provide grants to families who require financial support to send their children to daycare, and offer a host of services, including camping trips, sports and music classes for children, meals and programming for the homeless and the elderly, and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for non-English speakers.

Published: May 29, 2002
Last modified: Sep 18, 2002

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