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Our purpose is to effect positive and meaningful change in the lives of others by increasing the capacity of local organizations. We accomplish this by: Investigating pressing community needs and learning about the organizations that attempt to address them. Training ourselves to make timely, effective, and well-administered philanthropic allocations to build in the capacity of local organizations. Offering stewardship and support through direct service to recipient organizations.

To learn more about Venture Philanthropy Club and how to join, contact Emily Cosco.


The DCA Venture Philanthropy Club was formed in 2008-2009 through a generous gift from Denison alumnus David Kuhns ('68). Our founding members were Fiona Baker, Lydia Boote, Brian Cox, Will Curto, Caitlin Fondessey, Rachel Mattingly, Steven Profitt, and Xerxes Unvala.

Request for Proposals

This year, Denison Venture Philanthropy is inviting community organizations to submit proposals around issues of Community Development in Licking County, Ohio. Please see below for the 2013-2014 Request for Proposals (RFP), information regarding the proposal selection process, and useful related resources.

Process Overview

  1. In our Requests for Proposals, we invite Licking County organizations to identify the way they would use grant funds to build their capacity to serve the community. Students in our organization evaluate the proposals and conduct careful appraisals of the organizations in order to determine which we believe will optimize the use of the funds we can make available.
  2. In order to evaluate proposals in an informed way, we draw on college and community resources to learn more about the focal issue we've identified. Our process also requires us to develop and exercise the skills of analysis, advocacy and public presentation.
  3. Once the recipient has been selected, we pledge twenty hours of support per club member, to assist the community organization with its project. Working alongside community partners allows us to steward our grant, to build relationships with community leaders, and to learn practical skills as we join the effort to create positive change.

Useful Resources

Press, Stories, & Updates

Community Brief [PDF] - For highlights from the 2011-2012 school year, view our Spring 2012 Community Brief.


Special Events

Contact Information

  • Alana Perez, Vice Chair for Investment Oversight
    8957 Slayter Union, Denison University, Granville, Ohio 43023
  • Dr. Fadhel Kaboub, Faculty Advisor, Economics Department
    100 W. College Street, Denison University, Granville, Ohio 43023