Video Clip and Discussion Guide: While philanthropy is deeply embedded in U.S. society and practice, many people do not know the word or understand its full meaning. This one-minute video clip has some humorous definitions along with definitions from philanthropy scholars. Philanthropy is giving time, talent, or treasure and taking private action for the common good. Share this video to start a discussion of the many forms of philanthropy in practice.
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Video Clip and Discussion Guide: People have the power as social activists to make a difference for the common good. Sometimes laws and practices are unfair. We use voting, advocacy, and our right to protest to raise awareness and demand justice. This 4-minute video and follow-up questions prompt youth to recall actions of the past that changed laws. Through discussion, young people examine social activism of today and current issues of debate.
Video Clip and Discussion Guide: Students who wanted to empathize with people who are hungry participated in the 30-Hour Famine Project. This video shares their reflections and motivations.
Video Clip and Discussion Guide: We make better decisions for our future when we learn about our past. Museums, recreations, and preservation of historic resources are often funded by philanthropy and staffed by volunteers. This film shows the preservation of a lighthouse and a narrow gage railroad.
Video Clip and Discussion Guide: When a foundation gives money to help a nonprofit carry out its mission or project, the funder and grantee are helping each other make a difference for something they both care about. A healthy funder-grantee relationship is a partnership. Both need the other to do good.
Video Clip and Discussion Guide: Young people who want their career to be interesting, challenging, and to make a difference may consider working in the nonprofit sector. This video shares motivations of people who chose careers in the nonprofit sector.
Video Clip and Discussion Guide: The board of directors is the decision-making group responsible for maintaining the mission of a nonprofit organization. It is a volunteer position in which board members develop a network and career and life skills. The organization benefits from the different skills of the members of the board (trustees).
Video Clip and Discussion Guide: Advocacy for an issue is a form of philanthropy. It involves changing hearts and minds in support of an issue. The video shares examples from nonprofits, government, and individuals about the impact and importance of advocacy for an issue. After watching the video, students share examples of advocacy, reflect on issues they care about and personal reasons for advocacy.
Video Clip and Discussion Guide: Andrew Carnegie is the name associated most with philanthropy. His gift of libraries impacted communities across the country. This gift included the requirement that the community must match his gift and continue to maintain it. Watch this 2-minute video and follow with a discussion.
Video Clip and Discussion Guide: In this video, we learn from philanthropy scholars that not all giving has a positive impact. We learn about ethics and effective management of nonprofits to ensure they are good stewards of the money they raise.