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What is "philanthropy education"?

Based on research-based standards, philanthropy education teaches about civil society and empowers personal action. It isn't just a "nice to have." Philanthropy education builds the heart and structure of a healthy society.

Our philanthropy education resources help youth learn about their communities and how they can help others with their time and talent – their unique gift. Giving promotes happiness and purpose, while teaching the givers that they are a vital part of something bigger.

In today's world it can be difficult for kids to see opportunities or know what they are capable of beyond their own lives. They have little experience taking responsibility to address conflict and challenges. Research shows that a lot of youth feel anxiety and isolation. Together we can help them see potential in their communities! 

New to the Website? Here are some things that can help you get started:

1. Listen to the Voices of Other Philanthropy Educators

  1. Visit our Trending section to read about group projects of empowered young people through giving and service. You, too, could be featured on this page! 
  2. Our social media on Facebook and Twitter @Learningtogive features voices and inspirational stories. Stay engaged with your peers and get great ideas. 
  3. Learning to Give has a YouTube Channel. This YouTube channel "Educator Perspectives" features the voices of people who inspire youth empowerment.

2. Build Your Background Knowledge 

  1. Professonal Mini-Courses from your desktop teach fundamentals of philanthropy and ways to engage youth. Upon completion (less than 45 minutes), take a quiz and earn a certificate.
  2. Preview the framework of philanthropy education in Learning to Give's international philanthropy standards. These were developed by scholars of philanthropy and nonprofit practitioners. 
  3. Read about people, concepts, and organizations of philanthropy in our White Papers. These are written and updated by graduate students in philanthropy and nonprofit leadership programs at IUPUI and GVSU.  

3. Introduce Knowledge and Action of Generosity and Philanthropy

  1. Teach a philanthropy lesson based on your interests and the issues kids care about.
  2. Show our 3-minute whiteboard videos that clearly define and inspire philanthropic action. 
  3. Plan a year of giving by putting philanthropy instruction into your calendar with themes by month such as International Day of Peace, Martin Luther King, Jr, Day, or Earth Day. 
  4. The three pages below - Build Community, Develop Skills and Knowledge, and Take Action - are designed to guide youth as they build self and community awareness and skills of engagement. Choose one or two activities from each page so youth learn throught knowledge and experience they are a vital part of something bigger.

Philanthropy education and service-learning guide young people to learn about community and their role in it. In the learning process 1) they build community with their peers, 2) develop skills and knowledge, and 3) use their problem-solving and voice to creatively take action