Our Partners

Organizations that support youth development and civic engagement

As you learn about issues, seek connections with community organizations, look for service opportunities, or plan a project, these organizations can help you magnify your impact.

Civics Unplugged

 

Civics Unplugged empowers leaders of Gen Z with the training, funding, and network they need to build a brighter future for humanity. Get involved in The Civic Season to help others get involved in the American story. 

 


 

Crayon Collection 

The Crayon Collection mission is to inspire a commitment to environmental consciousness and the infusion of art education in underfunded schools. 


Design for Change USA

A global movement of students addressing the Global Goals using the power of Design Thinking. They follow a simple framework: Feel Imagine Do Share. Visit Design for Change - USA for more information. 


Discovery Education

Discovery Education Experience provides engaging high-quality content, grab-and-go digital lessons, creative collaboration tools, and practical professional learning resources to give educators everything they need to engage all learners and create a lasting educational impact in any learning environment. 


The Giving Square

The Giving Square advances the democratic ideals of equality and civic responsibility by recognizing children as leaders for a new model of philanthropy, one grounded in our natural empathetic connections to the experiences and needs of others. They give children the tools, permission, and support, they will make a positive impact on our families, schools, and communities, now and throughout their lives.


GivingTuesdaySpark

Join millions of young people in a global movement for good when our world needs it the most. GivingTuesdaySpark is all about encouraging young people to take action around the causes they care about most on GivingTuesday and every day. GivingTuesdaySpark has ideas for a variety of ways to give, teaching and activity resources (including links to Learning to Give), and a platform to share good work for one of the biggest giving days of the year. 


iCivics

 

iCivics champions equitable, nonpartisan civic education so that the practice of democracy is learned by each new generation. They work to inspire lifelong civic engagement by providing high-quality and engaging civics resources to teachers and students across our nation.

 


The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

The Johnson Center for Philanthropy is an academic center that focuses on the practice and theory of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector in general. They envision a world shaped by smart, adaptive, and effective philanthropy that helps to create strong, inclusive communities. They provide professional development, research and evaluation, and tools to transform communities for the public good.


Multiplying Good

To power others to have maximum impact on the things they care about most. Through celebration, we inspire action. Jefferson Awards programs and partnerships drive Americans to change their communities and the world. Multiplying Good, formerly known as the Jefferson Awards Foundation, was founded in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Senator Robert Taft Jr., and Sam Beard.


Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University

The Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy increases the understanding of philanthropy and improves its practice worldwide through critical inquiry, interdisciplinary research, teaching, training, and civic engagement.


Magnify Learning

 Magnify Learning is a teacher driven non-profit organization offering open workshops in summer, onsite workshops, and customized Project Based Learning trainings with an emphasis on sustainability and authenticity based in Indiana. Learning to Give worked closely with Magnify Learning to identify PBL-related resources.

 


Project Giving Kids

Project Giving Kids is a nonprofit that connects kids to causes. PGK’s online platform provides age-appropriate activities for children, allowing them to learn the power of giving back at an early age, while simultaneously supporting the local nonprofit community. Kids have fun and learn they can change the world, while also changing their own. 


Rhizome

Rhizome trains student-led teams in high schools to build civic literacy events, teach democracy to K-8 students, and run voter registration campaigns that register the vast majority of students in their school to vote. By the end of the year, these student-led teams have made an impact in their schools and gained hands-on experience in community organizing and civic leadership.


Treeplenish

Tree-Plenish provides hands-on opportunities to learn about the environment and build more sustainable communities! We give you all the resources and mentorship you need to host your own tree-planting event to offset the paper used at your school in one academic year. From sourcing the saplings to handling all the financials, Tree-Plenish helps classrooms like yours engage with their community. 

 


YouthGiving.org

YouthGiving.org is a hub to inspire, connect, and inform youth grantmaking. YouthGiving.org provides one place to find out about different youth grantmaking program models, organizations, case studies, reports, and grants made by and for youth. 


International Partners

Learning to Give Bulgaria

In partnership with Learning to Give, the Bulgarian Donors Forum established in 2016 a sister website in Bulgaria. This group is introducing philanthropy education in pilot schools in year one through their website. 

 

Dia de Doar (Brazil)

In Brazil, the organization Umbigo do Mundo published a resource, Dia de Doar, to teach youth to give. The organization began with participation in GivingTuesdsay for kids and grew to host a full website based around themes of generosity and community engagement. Many of the resources are translated (with permission) from the Learning to Give website.

The Beautiful Foundation (South Korea)

The Beautiful Foundation is a nonprofit organization led by the voluntary participation of citizens in sharing. It was established in August, 2000, with the purpose of spreading a mature philanthropic culture and supporting neighbors in community and public-benefit activities. 


Partnership Opportunities

If you would like to learn more about partnership with Learning to Give, contact Betsy Peterson, Director of Learning to Give. Partnership Policy.


With a shared vision for teaching young people about opportunities for making a difference, these partners work with Learning to Give to create resources for classrooms. 

Crayon Collection Back to School Project

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Crayon Collection Back to School Project

Crayon Collection and Learning to Give in partnership provide a lesson plan and project for any classroom. Students investigate where crayons are needed, where they are thrown away, and take action to keep them out of landfills. They promote envirnomental stewardship and access to crayons and art education. Then they collect gently used crayons, repackage, and donate to a local nonprofit where there is a need. Learn more about crayon recycling here. 

Lessons for National Philanthropy Day

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Lessons for National Philanthropy Day

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is the leading organization for developing skills and credentials in the field of fundraising. In partnership with AFP, Learning to Give created lesson plans at each grade level for National Philanthropy Day, November 15, to teach a basic definition of philanthropy.

Generosity of Spirit: Global Folk Tales and Lessons

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Generosity of Spirit: Global Folk Tales and Lessons

In collaboration with the Fetzer Institute, Learning to Give created high school teaching resources to teach generosity through global folktales and fables. The Generosity of Spirit teaching resources include access to global stories, high school lesson plans, and a reflection guide that may be used with teens and adults. This rich resource is an asset to any classroom. 

Glenn Institute of the Westminster Schools: Philanthropy 101 Lessons

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Glenn Institute of the Westminster Schools: Philanthropy 101 Lessons

Learning to Give collaborated with Independent Schools educators to create many classroom resources to build philanthropy and service at school. Learning to Give partnered with the Glenn Institute of the Westminster Schools (Atlanta) on their featured summer course Philanthropy 101 which teaches effective giving and community service through readings, research, site visits, and meetings with local leaders.

Hunger and Health Lesson Plans

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Hunger and Health Lesson Plans

KFB is the largest organization in West Michigan focused solely on childhood hunger. They strive to put an end to childhood hunger using an approach that serves kids directly. Here are lesson plans designed in partnership with KFB around the issue of hunger and healthy eating. 

Community Philanthropy in Wayne County, Michigan

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Community Philanthropy in Wayne County, Michigan

In partnership with the McGregor Fund, Learning to Give offers philanthropy education and service-learning tools and lessons to support communities. To honor the legacy of C. David Campbell, the McGregor Fund supports one Teacher in Residence each summer to help Learning to Give serve Detroit and Wayne County, Michigan, to involve more students in philanthropy and service.

Our State of Generosity Teaching Resources

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Our State of Generosity Teaching Resources

What is a servant leader? The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy hosts the Our State of Generosity Teaching Resources, which includes three lessons for middle school and three lessons for high school, plus several activities that center on project-based themes of leadership, careers, and philanthropy.  

VING: Opportunity for Teens to Give Grants

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VING: Opportunity for Teens to Give Grants

Teens all over the United States have the opportunity to make a short video that answers the VING question: If you had $1,000 to give to a person in need, who would you VING it to? Every month one teen's video is selected and they get to present the $1,000 to the person that they focused upon in their video. Learning to Give partnered with VING to create lesson plans that accompany VING's $1,000 grant program. 

Learning to Give staff is dedicated to maintaining carefully constructed teaching resources that guide teachers and students to learn the traits of generosity, service, civic action, and revolutionary change.

These organizations support youth development and civic engagement. As you learn about issues, seek connections with community organizations, look for service opportunities, or plan a project, these organizations can help you magnify your impact.