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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 caring communities.

Our philanthropy education resources help you empower youth. 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, many kids feel isolation and anxiety. They may envision their future based on limited options they see. Many lack experience taking responsibility to address conflict and challenges. Often, young people grow up unaware of their community’s assets or the power of nonprofit sector.

Learning to Give philanthropy education resources help families, educators, youth groups, and communities ...  

  • educate children and youth about the issues and strengths in our communities,
  • equip youth with skills and connections, and,
  • empower youth to take personal action for the common good.

New to teaching philanthropy? Here are some things that can help you get started:

The three pages below 

  1. Build Community,
  2. Develop Skills and Knowledge, and
  3. 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 through knowledge and experience they are a vital part of something bigger.

This website tour gives an overview of content on the website.

1. Listen to the Voices of Other Philanthropy Educators

  1. Read Learning to Give stories of groups of young people empowered through learning 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. Introduce Knowledge and Action of Generosity and Philanthropy

  1. Teach a philanthropy lesson based on your interests and the issues kids care about. 
  2. Build understanding of philanthropy through a variety of activities, such as simple service projects and literature guides
  3. Show our 3-minute whiteboard videos that clearly define and inspire philanthropic action. 
  4. 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. 

3. Build Your Background Knowledge 

  1. Professonal Mini-Courses from your desktop teach fundamentals of philanthropy, service-learning, and ways to engage youth. Upon completion of a mini-course (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.  
  4. These evaluations may be completed by facilitators, families, community partners, and youth. They may be used in conjunction with any Learning to Give activity, lesson, toolkit, or resource. The goal is to help you collect information about the impact of your philanthropy and service-learning instruction.

Educate, Equip, and Empower Youth for a Better World

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. Select activities to empower youth from the pages below. 

These activities guide us to understand ourselves and our communities, what we care about and our role and purpose in the larger community.

Philanthropy education and service-learning guide young people to learn about community and their role in it. In the learning process...