Briefing Papers

Briefing Papers provide teachers and middle and high school students, as well as nonprofit professionals, abbreviated snapshots of significant concepts, people, and organizations related to philanthropy.

Working Hard During Study Hall by MrsKradz is licensed under CC BY 2.0


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Service Learning-Celebration Concept

There are several models that facilitate strong service learning, but each should incorporate the practice of celebration, reflection and recognition.

Academic Service-Learning: The Reflection Concept

Discusses the concept of "Reflection" as a vital component to Academic Service-Learning. As a result of reflection, students form conscious links between self, school and community and explore the value that comes from civic engagement.

Service Learning Fair 2014 by Friends' Central School is licenced under CC BY 2.0


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W.E.B. Du Bois
A pioneer in black political thought, W.E.B. Du Bois was considered a central figure in the history of African-American politics.

Marian Wright Edelman
Lawyer, social activist, and premier children's rights advocate in the United States, Marian Wright Edelman aided African Americans in the south during the Civil Rights movement as they asserted their right to vote. 

Wangari Maathai
Maathai is best known for her efforts to develop the Green Belt Movement, a grassroots organization that focuses on planting trees to replenish the environment and improve the quality of life.

National Advocate for Children Speaks Out in Connecticut by CT Senate Democrats is licenced under CC BY 2.0


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National Organization for Women
NOW was established by a group of feminists who were dedicated to actively challenging sex discrimination in society. NOW's actions have established itself as a major force in the sweeping changes that put more women in political posts; increased educational, employment and business opportunities for women; and enacted tougher laws against violence, harassment and discrimination.

Institute for Nonprofit Organization Management
The Institute seeks to contribute to a more humane and just world by providing and sharing knowledge in order to strengthen nonprofit organizations. It does this mainly through research, education, and convening learning opportunities.

Creative Company Conference 2011 by Sebastiaan ter Burg is licenced under CC BY 2.0




Generally defined as a tenth of the fruits of one's labor owed to God in recognition and thankfulness, tithes are traditionally paid to one's religious institution.

Religious Basis for Charitable Giving
Many religious faiths encourage charitable activity by its members. Although the reasoning and origin varies from one group to another, numerous similarities emerge as the basis for charitable giving.

Traces charity back to the 4th Century roots of "agape," translating love for mankind to a concern for their welfare.

A New Horizon by Images Improbables is licenced under CC BY 2.0

Teacher-created philanthropy education lessons magnify the impact of any academic content with themes of generosity, community, and civic and social responsibility. Perfect base for PBL, service-learning, and student-centered instruction. Lessons align to state standards, including Common Core State Standards, and some international standards.

Issue-Related Lesson Plans, Community Resources, and Project Ideas

Browse the topics below to help your planning. Each Issue Area colored block below contains related K-12 lesson plans to build knowledge, community connections, and empathy.

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Courses and lessons uniquely designed for independent schools to develop hearts and minds. Through the Learning to Give courses and lessons for independent schools, you will find creative examples of teaching and learning that develop students’ 21st century competencies – like collaboration, problem solving, global awareness, and analysis – while equipping students to give, serve, and take citizen action to better their world.

These resources are for adults who want to teach youth about philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. Use these activities to build a culture of cooperation and service while learning about civic responsibility, problem-solving, board service, philanthropy, leadership, and grant-making.

Briefing Papers provide teachers and middle and high school students, as well as nonprofit professionals, abbreviated snapshots of significant concepts, people, and organizations related to philanthropy.

Our picture book and teen novel guides combine selected literature with thought-provoking discussions and activities that teach about giving and civic engagement. The featured books raise issues like respect, caring, giving, honoring diversity, adversity, helping others, fairness, responsibility, trustworthiness, and citizenship.