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February 2015 | Grants Newsletter

Help People, Change Policy


"We must find ways for students and practitioners to shape the policies that affect the people we serve."

— Pat White, director of the Social Work Education Project

Grants Will Improve Social Work Education

While helping struggling teens, overwhelmed single mothers, and disabled seniors, social workers develop a keen understanding of problems and solutions. They could bring this insight to policymaking—but too few are trained to deal with larger issues. If the social work profession is to shape housing, child care, health, and job policies, social work education must change.

The Trust is taking the lead in this national effort. Our $1 million grant to the new Social Work Education Project, housed at Hunter’s Silberman School of Social Work, will bring together experts to suggest ways to improve the way social work schools prepare students.

“The schools need curricula, internships, and continuing education programs so their graduates have a greater voice in making large-scale change,” says Pat White, director of the project.

Two other social work grants:

  • The National Association of Social Workers Foundation and the Council on Social Work Education are using our $585,000 grant for health-focused scholarships and fellowships for students, and for professional development for educators.
  • Hunter College’s Silberman School of Social Work is using $77,000 for management and advocacy training for leaders of human services agencies.
SOCIAL CHANGE: Our generous donors Lois and Samuel Silberman, Robert and Ellen Popper, Harriett M. Bartlett, and Dorothy Fahs Beck were united by a passion for social work. They set up funds in The Trust that allow us to improve the field.

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