Through sustained partnerships with colleges and congregations, the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation seeks to improve the lives of individuals and communities by helping meet the basic needs of nutrition and educational opportunity.
The Foundation has done this primarily through developing and implementing comprehensive strategies to engage colleges, universities, and congregations with their local and regional communities.
Begun at Berea College in 1990, the Bonner Program has grown into the largest service-based scholarship program in the country supporting 3,000 students at 65 colleges and universities. Bonners serve ten hours per week throughout the school year in a four-year developmental program that links their "access to education and an opportunity to serve."
The Crisis Ministry Program's funds the purchase of food for anti-hunger initiatives primarily in New Jersey and in several other communities where Mr. and Mrs. Bonner lived. Bonner Foundation grant funds support the purchase of food to "help the person who is hurting."
In partnership with three campuses and eight community-based organizations, the program receives funding from the NJ Commission for National and Community Services and engages 55 AmeriCorps members in addressing college access, food security, job skill training, and youth literacy.
The Bonner Partner Program seeks to build relationships between the Bonner Foundation, Bonner Students, Campuses in the Bonner Network, and select service organizations.
If your campus is interested in developing a Bonner Program on your campus and joining the national Bonner Network, review the expectations for campuses and then contact us.
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Hosted on a campus in the Bonner network, each October 130+ student representing each of the campuses in the Bonner Network gather for training, discussion, networking, and planning for each year's Ideas to Action project.
Early each November 120+ campus staff in the Bonner Network who manage the Bonner Program and campus-wide community and civic engagement centers gather for training, discussion, reflection, networking, and program planning.
The Summer Leadership Institute is the largest annual event for the Bonner Network, bringing together 300+ students, administrators, faculty, and national organization partners for three days of workshops, discussions, and networking.
Each summer in late July and/or early August the Bonner Foundation hosts a three day meeting in Princeton, New Jersey as an introduction to the Bonner Program and the resources of the Bonner network.