Loving husband, father and father-in-law, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, cousin, and godfather, and he devoted his professional life to education. To honor his love of family, philanthropic spirit, and commitment to education, Humanics@FresnoState established the Philip T. Manoogian Philanthropic Award through contributions in lieu of flowers.
To date, six grants totaling $27,000 have been awarded by Humanics Students4Giving at Fresno State in Phil’s honor.
- 2017 Phillip T. Manoogian Memorial Grant of $5,000 was presented to Art of Life Cancer Foundation.
- 2016 Philip T. Manoogian Memorial Grant of $5,000 was presented to Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Central Valley.
- 2015 Philip T. Manoogian Memorial Grant of $5,000 was presented to Care Fresno.
- 2014 Philip T. Manoogian Memorial Grant of $5,000 was presented to Fresno Arts Council.
- 2013 Philip T. Manoogian Memorial Grant of $4,000 was presented to The Foundation for the Fresno County Public Library (see tab above for details).
- 2012 Philip T. Manoogian Memorial Grant of $3,000 was presented to Break The Barriers in Phil’s memory (see tab above for details).
On September 23, 2011, at the memorial luncheon for Phil Manoogian, Phil’s first cousin, Brian Tatarian, emceed and said,
“Phil emphasized that you don’t go to college and earn your degree to make money; you go to college and earn your degree to make a difference.”
Since 2007, over 300 scholars in the Humanics Program at Fresno State have participated in the Students4Giving Project and awarded a total of $116,000 to 29 different 501c3 Community Benefit Organizations making a difference in Central California (read one student’s reflection here).
2012 PHILIP T. MANOOGIAN GRANT AWARD:
In May 2012, the Humanics@FresnoState Students4Giving Philanthropy Project awarded the Philip T. Manoogian Education Grant Award of $3000 to Break The Barriers to conduct a series of assemblies for Fresno Unified summer school students in Southeast and Southwest Fresno to promote ability awareness, outreach and education, and health and fitness.
In Fall 2012, our Humanics Scholars followed up with Break The Barriers to evaluate the outcomes of the grant and learned:
- Nearly 900 students participated in two “Ability Awareness Assemblies” held at Kirk Elementary & Susan B. Anthony Elementary.
- Evaluations collected from student participants revealed positive impacts on students’ attitudes about disability, inclusion, and participation in physical activity.
- Between June 19 and August 17, 2012, nearly 50 students from Anthony, Addams, and Kirk elementary schools in FUSD participated in summer field trips to Break The Barriers and engaged in physical activities, including Wii Fit & Xbox fitness programs, gymnastics, dance, Tae Kwon Do, swimming, tennis, and archery in an inclusive program (and some students have been able to return to Break The Barriers for an afterschool fitness, health, and nutrition program during the 2012-13 school year.
- A plaque displayed at Break The Barriers reads:
Breaking Barriers Awards
Ability Awareness, Outreach, & Education Program
Southeast and Southwest Fresno
In Memory of
Philip T. Manoogian
For his Philanthropic Spirit and
Commitment to Education
Philanthropy Project at Fresno State
2013 PHILIP T. MANOOGIAN GRANT AWARD:
In May 2013, Humanics Students4Giving at Fresno State awarded the Philip T. Manoogian Education Grant Award of $4000 to The Foundation for the Fresno County Public Library to support the Downtown Branch’s Summer Reading and Meals Program the placement of a Humanics Intern to assist with implementation and evaluation.
In Fall 2013, our Humanics Scholars followed up with Fresno County Public Library to evaluate the outcomes of the grant and learned:
- Fresno County was one of 4 counties to be included as part of a statewide pilot of the California Library Association and the California Summer Meal Coalition to bring together library summer literacy programs and summer meals in an effort to combat summer learning loss and summer hunger.
- The Foundation for the Fresno County Public Library leveraged additional funding from PG&E and Dollar General Literacy Foundation and partnered with Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission to offer food, reading, arts & crafts, and other enrichment programs as part of the “Summer Reading & Meal Program” at the Downtown Branch of the Fresno County Public Library.
- A Humanics Intern and 12 volunteers from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County assisted with these enrichment programs.
- More than 700 books* were distributed to children visiting the Downtown Fresno Library in summer 2013.
- 1,718 meals were served to children and 172 new library cards were issued during the program period from June 17 to August 9, 2013.
- The Fresno County Public Library Staff presented these outcomes at the California Library Association Conference and hopes to be able to host a similar program at multiple sites in the future.
* The books purchased with the grant from Humanics@FresnoState Students4Giving had labels inside their covers indicating that these books were provided in memory of Philip T. Manoogian.
2014 PHILIP T. MANOOGIAN GRANT AWARD:
In May 2014, the Humanics Students4Giving Philip T. Manoogian Memorial Education Grant of $6,210 was awarded to Fresno Arts Council “to train six local artists and develop lesson plans that align with K-12 objectives.” Selected artists were to be trained in classroom management, lesson plan development, common core, visual and performing arts standards, plus initially provide access and equity to arts education in six FUSD schools. $1,790 was designated for scholarships for interns.
In Fall 2014, our Humanics Scholars followed up with Fresno Arts Council to evaluate the outcomes of the grant and learned:
- The training of eight artists by Ms. Lilia Chavez (Trainer) and Ms. Susan Hansen (Training Assistant) began on May 8, 2014 and ended June 30, 2014.
- In Fall 2014, the Art and Common Core project was implemented from May 8, 2014 to October 20, 2014.
- The selected Fresno Unified schools where the artists were placed were Storey, Balderas, Jackson, Vinland, Columbia, and Ewing. These are the schools designated as pilot schools in the Kennedy Center “Any Given Child Project.”
- The artists focused on visual and performing arts, specifically, in the areas of dancing and musical theater.
- Artists were given a stipend and a certificate of completion on October 20, 2014. Part of the artists’ stipend ($3,000) came out of the Humanics Students4Giving grant. The total cost of operational supplies (e.g., training material) was $3,005; and $1,625 for art supplies. In addition to the Humanics Students4Giving grant, other funds were obtained to support the total program cost.
· Two interns from Fresno State worked with Fresno Arts Council to assist with implementation and evaluation (Veronica Serrato, Humanics) and media documentary services (Michael Price, MCJ) to assist in “telling the story” about the grant’s impact, resulting in photo and video deliverables (view the videos at https://youtu.be/_7d7YAyqIRE & https://youtu.be/02I8od2kq6Y).
· Each Fresno State student was eligible to receive the $1500 Community Service Scholarship upon the completion of the hours and final submission of assignments.
2015 PHILIP T. MANOOGIAN GRANT AWARD:
In May 2015, Humanics Students4Giving at Fresno State awarded the Philip T. Manoogian Memorial Education Grant to Care Fresno. The grant of $5,000 was used to enhance its after-school, summer, and mentoring enrichment programs at 4 community learning centers within highly concentrated, low-income apartment complexes as identified by the Fresno Police Department. Specifically, Care Fresno provided adult mentors for 15 K-3rd grade children (ages 5-8) and arranged two educational field trips to the Fresno Chaffee Zoo and Fresno State Planetarium and a week-long summer camp experience.
In Fall 2015, our Humanics Scholars followed up with Care Fresno to evaluate the outcomes of the grant and learned:
· As a result of the grant, Care Fresno was able to enhance its existing after-school, summer, and mentoring programs at 4 of their community learning centers located within highly concentrated, low-income apartment complexes.
· 15 at-risk K-3rd grade children were successfully matched with a mentor in the program.
· Since being matched with a mentor, 11 out of 15 children increased their participation in the program.
· Since participating and working with a mentor, all 15 of the children have demonstrated improved behavior as a result of their participation.
· The children participated in two educational field trips to the Fresno Chaffee Zoo and the Fresno State Downing Planetarium.
· The children attended a week-long summer camp experience.
2016 PHILIP T. MANOOGIAN GRANT AWARD:
In May 2016, Humanics Students4Giving at Fresno State awarded the Philip T. Manoogian Memorial Education Grant to Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Central Valley. The grant of $5,000 was used to launch the “Happy Wheels Cart Program” that now circulates through Valley Children’s Hospital with snacks and activity books for patients and their families and inform families of the services of Ronald McDonald House.
In Fall 2016, our Humanics Scholars followed up with Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Central Valley to evaluate the outcomes of the grant and learned:
- The cart is currently being operated by volunteers and provides a moment of comfort, relief, and joy to patients and their families. 309 people were served with snacks, toys, and activity books in the first month of operation.
- The “Happy Wheels Cart” was built by volunteers using sustainable material to ensure that the cart will last for years to come. The cart was built under budget and only cost $2,000 to build and purchase the initial products to distribute to patients and families.
- The remaining grant funds were used to purchase volunteer management software and technology. A new computer, tablet, and the volunteer management software, Volgistics, were purchased and are currently used to manage RMHCCV’s volunteer base.
- The remaining funds will be used to keep the “Happy Wheels Cart” fully stocked to serve patients and their families.
2017 PHILIP T. MANOOGIAN GRANT AWARD:
In May 2017, Humanics Students4Giving at Fresno State awarded the Philip T. Manoogian Education Grant Award of $5000 to Art of Life Cancer Foundation to facilitate professional development and training for the board of directors and staff, including developing a board handbook, board orientation, and a strategic plan in transition from a founding board to a governance board.
In Fall 2017, Humanics scholars will evaluate the outcome of this grant.