Pay It Forward launched in 2015 and is a grant fund that supports ongoing sustainable development projects in ISA Service-Learning program locations. Grants are awarded directly to our service-learning community partner organizations. All ISA students can contribute to the grant fund through a $5 donation in the payment section of their ISA Student Portal. 100% of donations go towards funding these sustainable development projects.
ISA Service-Learning students play an important role in the success of this program by collaborating with their organization supervisors, local community members and ISA resident staff to submit a grant proposal on their host organization's behalf. Through targeted research, students dive deeper into the social issues being addressed at their host organizations and gain valuable experience in the grant writing process. Pay It Forward is just another way students can contribute to the missions of our community partner organizations around the world.
The Pay It Forward program was twice nominated for the Go Abroad Innovation in Philanthropy Award.