Plan Giving Instruction through Your Calendar

Planning for the Year of Service

Add service to your calendar by aligning philanthropy lessons and service-learning projects to monthly events. This calendar helps with seasonal planning. 

Maximize teachable moments and give students real-world experience through service. Select a month below or preview service events in the School Year Calendar below to infuse philanthropy and service into academics for the year. Find lessons, project ideas, and more to support calendar events each month. 

Use the Blue Sky Envisioning Activity to assess what your students care about and set the tone for kindness and action. See video resource on our YouTube channel.

Photo credit: Calendar by Andreanna Moya Photography is licensed under CC BY 2.0



(Introductory Resources for any month)

As you establish a classrooom culture of giving, teach some of these introductory themes and lessons to build a common vocabulary and motivation to give. Our partner generationOn has resources on the teaching strategy of Service-Learning.

  • Introduction to Philanthropy Lessons
  • Character Education Lessons
  • Establishing a Culture of Kindness / Anti-Bullying Lessons


  • September 11 Day of Service and Remembrance
  • Grandparents Day (September 11)
  • Citizenship/Constitution Day (September 17)


  • International Day of Nonviolence (Oct 2)
  • World Food Day (Oct 16)
  • Make a Difference Day (Saturday late in October)


  • Election Day (first Tuesday after the first Monday of November)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • National Philanthropy Day (November 15)
  • Family Volunteer Day (Saturday before Thanksgiving)
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • GivingTuesday (Tuesday after Thanksgiving)


  • Christmas  
  • Hanukkah   
  • Kwanzaa


  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day   


  • Black History Month
  • Random Acts of Kindness Week
  • Valentine's Day (February 14)
  • Presidents' Day    


  • March is Reading Month
  • Women's History Month
  • World Water Day (March 22)


  • National Volunteer Week
  • Earth Day (April 22)
  • Global Youth Service Day


  • Join Hands Day  
  • Mother’s Day
  • Memorial Day  


  • National Lemonade Days (Early June)
  • World Refugee Day  (June 20)

The Fisher Educator Mini-Courses provide online training in philanthropy education and service-learning. In your own time and at your desktop, learn methods of thoughtful service-learning, as well as the history, practice, and benefits of philanthropy, for educators, nonprofit professionals, parents, and volunteers.