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
This lesson will introduce students to the concept of philanthropy and National Philanthropy Day. As a class, they will brainstorm possible ideas for the word philanthropist. The students will learn that even young people can be philanthropists.

3-5 Lesson
Students will define philanthropy and recognize philanthropic activities. Students will identify examples of philanthropy in literature.

Middle School
6-8 Lesson
Students will gain a basic understanding of philanthropic vocabulary and how they see philanthropy reflected in their lives, and in their school and community. 

High School
9-12 Lesson 
Students will define philanthropy and determine how being philanthropic affects the public good as exemplified in the lives of famous people who have acted for the public good.

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

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