National Philanthropy Day - November 15

National Philanthropy Day Lessons

Supported by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)
Educating Youth to Understand the Importance of Philanthropy

What is National Philanthropy Day®?

For more than 30 years, hundreds of communities across North America have come together to recognize the countless ways philanthropy has affected our world. Officially recognized each year on November 15, National Philanthropy Day® is celebrated by numerous fundraising professionals, government leaders, foundations, businesses, individual donors and others who wish to honor all the contributions philanthropy has made. NPD provides an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of giving and all that it has accomplished, as well as what there still is to do.

Learning to Give, in partnership with the Association of Fundraising Professionals, developed lessons that elementary, middle, and high school educators can use to explain the importance of philanthropy, the significance of National Philanthropy Day®. AFP chapter members can utilize the lesson content below in coordination with schools in their local communities to educate youth in the classroom about philanthropy on National Philanthropy Day.


National Philanthropy Day Lessons

K-2 Lesson - What Is a Philanthropist?

This lesson introduces young people to the concept of philanthropy as giving time, talent, or treasure for the common good. They learn that even young people can be philanthropists. The following lessons lead young people to plan a fundraiser. 

3-5 Lesson - A Story of Philanthropy

Young people will define philanthropy and identify philanthropic activities. 

Middle School
6-8 Lesson - What Does a Philanthropic Organization Do?

Using Guidestar as a source, young people identify three nonprofits and their mission statements. 

High School
9-12 Lesson - Goofy Glossary

This interactive activity helps young people understand philanthropy and the language used when describing philanthropic actions. The facilitator sets the tone for a “fun” experience with words.

Additional Resources

Access the following resources and materials to empower young people to make a difference in their schools, communities and world.
Informational paper: Association of Fundraising Professionals

More information on the Association of Fundraising Professionals: