Gifts of Time, Talent, and Treasure

Grade Level: 
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Keywords: 
Act of Philanthropy
Our State of Generosity
Philanthropist
Research
Philanthropy is about generosity in all its many forms, commonly referred to as gifts of “time, talent, and treasure.” For this activity, you will read and listen to stories to learn how people have combined these gifts for even greater impact.

Philanthropy is about generosity in all its many forms, commonly referred to as gifts of “time, talent, and treasure.” For this activity, you will learn how people can combine these gifts for even greater impact.

First, listen to the TedTalk, “Healthier Men, One Moustache at a Time,” to see how everyday people develop a heart for philanthropy and make a real difference in the world. See the example chart in the attachment that details how this philanthropist used time, talent, and treasure. [http://ed.ted.com/lessons/healthier-men-one-moustache-at-a-time-adam-garone]

Next, complete the chart on the attachment for two philanthropists (two of the three given categories). Why did each develop a heart for philanthropy? What gifts of time, talent and/or treasure were shared? How has their generosity made an impact in their community … or the world?

When the charts are complete, discuss what you have found with classmates. What similarities do you see? What differences? How can you use what you’ve learned to make a difference in your community?

Extension 

Perform one random act of kindness in the next 48 hours. Report back to the class 1) what you did, 2) why you chose that act, 3) how the person reacted, and 4) your thoughts on the potential impact. 

Share

Create a class blog documenting your random acts of kindness and share link via traditional (school newsletter) & social media.